DIY Faux Live Edge Mirror

Live edge mirrors are a type of mirror where the outside is covered with some type of frame. These types of mirrors are usually seen as art installations that imitate a river. Through this DIY you will be able to DIY your own faux live edge mirror. The best part of this DIY is that you could use mirrors that are laying around at home and revamp them. 




Wood conditioner

Dark Danish oil


LED channels

DC power jack

Step 1

For this project you will first need a mirror , a door mirror will be used for this project, however, the mirror can be of any size you want it to be. If the mirror has a frame attached to it, you will have to remove that, this will give you a more clear space to work with. 

You then have to take out a cardboard that is of the same length as the mirror and draw the design you want your edge to have, this will give you more leniency for mistakes as it is not the material that will be used to make the live edge. Once you are satisfied with the design you can cut off the design and trace it on some wood of the same length. With the help of a jigsaw you can cut the traced out part.  Sand off the edges to make it look more natural, using a router would help to give the edges a bit of a rounded look.

Step 2

The size of the design will depend on how much of the mirror you would like to expose, you may have to shorten out the design based on the exposed area.

Place the mirror on the design and when you are satisfied with the placement you will have to carve out a slot for the mirror. You could use a router to cut out a slot for the mirror. You can then place the mirror back on the design to check out if it fits into the slot. As long as it does not interfere with the spacers you should be fine,  

Next, you will have to add spacers. You will need four strips of wood, this will go at the bottom, the top and at both the sides of the mirror. You then need 3 more strips to act as the support piece along the back. 

Step 3

Before applying the finish you might need to apply a coat of wood conditioner, this will help give a more consistent look when you apply the finish. 

This DIY used some dark Danish oil as the finish, however, you can use a colour that suits your preference. To attach the mirror to the wood you will need to apply some mastic adhesive into the slot that was carved out. Use some clamps and space some wood over the mirror so that it dries out more securely. Make sure not to break the mirror during this process. 

You can then start attaching the spacers and the supports to the mirror, you could do this with the help of some glue, nail gun or screws. If you are using a nail gun or screws you will need to make sure that it won't be seen on the front side. You can drill some pocket screws to attach the supports. 

Step 4

Since the mirror will have LEDs attached to it, you will need to attach a power supply for it. Drill some holes that are at  parallel sides on  the spacers. You then have to attach columns along the spacers. Make sure you drill a hols on the column that will be over the hole drilled for the spacer. You can then attach the LED strips into the columns and pass the strip through the hole at the end.

Connect the LED strip to a DC power jack. Make sure that the LEDs work before you move on.

Step 5

Attach the back panels that are of the same length as the mirror. You can attach a veneer at the top to cover the exposed layers of the faux live edge mirror. You can finish it out by applying 2 coats of satin wipe on poly over the surface of the wood. 

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