Last week I showed you highlights of my trip to Black Dog Salvage, the Salvage Company that is the basis for the TV show, Salvage Dawgs. At the salvage yard I picked up tons of ideas, but only one item to make a project of my very own, a mirror, about 17″ x 46″ for $10.
I had my project all ready. My mirror would use a cool iron piece that looked like it framed a fireplace. The mirror I picked up from Black Dog was the perfect width. It was a little long, but I was prepared to improvise. So what happened? Well, waiting for me on the counter when I got home was the newest fall catalog from Pier 1. And in the catalog was the Pier 1 Eternal Mirror (above). It sang to me, it said pallets, it said rustic bliss. Hey, I could make that.
My cool iron piece has once again been put on the back burner. You will see it, but right now I have an Eternal Mirror to make.
First step was to gather my pallet wood. I chose this pallet because it was made with really pretty wood. I’m pretty sure it’s oak.
Because the pieces are so short that I’m going to be working with, this pallet deconstruction is super easy. Just run a circular saw along the line of nails on both ends and in the center. There are no nails to pull, no splitting and no pry bars.
Within 5 minutes I had my pile of wood.
A frame was made for the mirror using 2 pieces of 1 x 5 x 8ft pine, mitered at the corners. The inside frame was cut 1/2″ smaller than the actual mirror.
To attach the corner of the frame I’m using the Kreg Jig Jr, a gift from my sons for my birthday.
Had no idea how to use the thing when I first got it, but a quick trip to you tube and I was on my way. It was very annoying when the man demonstrating the thing on you tube tells how easy it is to use right out of the box and he didn’t even need to read the instructions. Well I did, and I needed a video too.
I just used the 2 screw holes as they were placed on the Kreg Jig and amazingly it has a really nice tight fit.
All of the pallet wood was sanded then stained with a dark walnut stain.
After staining, the pallet wood was all cut to the same length, about 5 1/2″. A piece of painters tape was placed on the saw so that all the pieces were cut exactly the same.
Kept chopping until I had enough wood, and a bit extra, to go around the entire mirror.
Had hubby use the router to make a channel where the mirror will sit. That was the reason for the internal frame to be just a bit smaller than the overall size of the mirror.
Paint the frame black and start chopping all those pallet pieces into thin strips. My strips varied from about an inch to an inch and a half.
These are the stages of the wood. (1) Plain pallet wood that has been sanded, (2)stained with a dark walnut, (3)edges sanded (yup, I sanded the edges on every piece), (4)then finished with Varathane stain and poly, light and dark walnut. For the stain and poly, I wanted a darker outer edge like the Pier 1 mirror, so after giving each piece a coat of the light walnut, followed up with dark walnut on just one end.
For the corners, lay out the wood and cut from corner to corner.
Once all the pieces are laid out they can be nailed or glued into place. I used a nail gun.
If you’d like a darker finish, buff with fine steel wool, wipe clean and apply another coat of the varathane.
Since I didn’t have any mirror clips, I improvised holding the mirror in place.
Since I already had the stain and nails my mirror ended up costing about $20 for the backer wood and mirror. My Pier 1 copycat inspiration…that was $199, and it was smaller. Now I know you want to make one too.