Master Bedroom Pallet Mirror

We made a big score this weekend while on our weekly garage sale hunt – a dresser complete with a mirror, for only $20. I don’t know many folks that actually use the dresser mirrors anymore in a bedroom, but in days yore it must have been a hot commodity since we see them everywhere. We’ve actually had one before but kept it in storage until we sold the whole set – and even the buyers weren’t sure what to do with the mirror, but as it was part of the condition of the sale they reluctantly took it.
PhotobucketAs I mentioned back on the post about the wood filled fireplace last month, we contemplated moving the fireplace up as part of the master bedroom makeover. We finally made the move this past weekend and Whitney’s been trying to find some way to decorate the space with items we’ve picked up over the year.
PhotobucketIt’s easy to get carried away with the pallet accents, seems there are a million ways to use raw wood, like end tables, bed frames, and curtain boxes, all of which got the kabosh from the decorating committee of one. She did concede, however, that we needed to bring a little of that shabby beach look to the side of the room with the fireplace and the Ballard Designs chair knockoff.
PhotobucketSo when we found ourselves to be the proud owners of a dresser mirror, we decided that we might as well see if we could transform it into something we could use in the master bedroom and kill two birds with one stone.
PhotobucketI started by taking off the rods on the back of the mirror and prying off the backing.
PhotobucketTo my surprise, the thing was built much more simply then I thought it would have been. Nothing was glued together and the nails and screws came off rather easily.
Photobucket PhotobucketI carefully removed the mirror and set it aside while I used a table saw to trim off the protruding moulding at the top of the mirror and remove the excess old frame.
PhotobucketI then turned the frame over and inserted the mirror back in, but this time the mirror side was facing toward the back of the frame. Then, using some of the extra pallet wood from the pallet headboard I framed up the mirror. The pallet wood overlapped the mirror, keeping it in place.
PhotobucketI cut the pallet wood and arranged it before putting down contractor’s glue and a few nails with the pneumatic nailer, being careful not to nail too close to the mirror. The last thing we’d want would be for our rustic mirror to have big cracks in it.
PhotobucketIt’s quite heavy so I tripled up the picture wire on the back before hanging it over the fireplace. You can start seeing the master room come together. Whitney is still debating what to do with the top of the fireplace so what you see here will most likely change before we reveal the whole room.
PhotobucketPhotobucketSince we’re talking fireplace, we wanted to give a special shout out to Remodelaholic for featuring our wood filled fireplace today. We’re honored that Justin and Cassity thought it was cool enough to put it on their site, besides, we totally dig DIY couples. Thanks guys!

Update: We revealed the master bedroom and chatted it up about all the costs involved here. Check it out.

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  1. I often find myself thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” while reading your posts… thanks for sharing and inspiring creativity!

  2. Love your mirror! It looks amazing above your fireplace!

  3. This looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Totally love it! I so need me some pallets!

  5. I love this!! Loving all of the colors in your decor as well! Great pics too!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is really awesome! I especially love the wood filled fireplace. If I had a fireplace, I would totally do that!


  7. WOW!!! Seriosuly, w-o-w. I love it!! It looks awesome over your fireplace, too. I’m having major house envy right now.

    Thanks for linking up to “tute”in Tuesday!

  8. LOVE IT!!! never would have thought to do that! I have in my possession some old dresser mirrors myself! hmmmm…. Thanks for sharing over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays!

  9. Wow, loving the mirror! My dad has a stack of pallets sitting outside his shop that I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on. He looked at me like I was insane when I informed him that we would no longer be putting pallets in the burn pile. Lucky me, I just happened to pick up a similarly ginormous mirror tonight for $5!

  10. Girl… I love this one too!

    Thank you so much for visiting the party! good to have you there!

  11. brilliant times ten! seriously loving this project.

    visiting via SCC and would like to invite you over to my blog’s shabby chic giveaway (3 will win!):



  12. the mirror looks great over the fireplace! what a great addition!

  13. I love! I just did something similar, but I have to admit I like your a lot better!!! Great job!!

    Please come link at every Thursday @

  14. I had to feature this project on my blog – go see and I hope you don’t mind! xo

  15. This is so cool! I love the rustic element, paired with the glass. Love it!!
    AND I love the logs in the fireplace…so neat!
    I would love for you to link up my my very first Fresh Friday Link Party!

  16. That is amazing. I love the texture of the wood in the white room. I’ll say it again . . . AMAZING!

  17. I’m currently working on a similar project and when I saw you featured, I had to come by and check it out. Thank you, it’s exactly the I inspiration I was looking for….I’m your newest fan! Xo

  18. Fantastic mirror!!!!

  19. You are featured at New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!!

  20. Wow! What a great way to re-purpose two things. I love the look of it, I would of never of known it was that oval mirror to begin with. Great job!

  21. You rock so I featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you’d like.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  22. I need a fireplace so I can fill it with wood just like this! The mirror is to die for. I really like the hint of color you have added to the wood…just perfect.

  23. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am having problems with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS issues? Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


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