French Cleat Mirror Frames

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Project by Cheyenne posted 12-30-2010 07:37 PM 3138 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The frame itself isn’t anything too impressive but this was a fun challenge (explained below) and I think it’s a pretty neat and simple solution.

For Christmas my mom asked me to make frames for her bathroom mirrors. Sounded simple enough but the kicker is that we live about 2 hours apart and that I couldn’t steal her mirrors for the entire month between Thanksgiving and Christmas in order to build the frame around them. Also, she wanted to paint them after I gave them to her but she wanted me to hang them for her. Again we live so far apart that it would take multiple trips to get all of this done which isn’t ideal. So, I went to the drawing board and came up with what you see.

Aside from the typical frame and panel mirror frame I routed out the back of the frame 1/2” deep at the top corners and attached a 1/4” spacers and a 1/4” piece of MDF with a beveled edge facing inward and made an opposite bevel on another piece of 1/4” MDF to hang on the wall to form the French cleat. Also, I planed down the top piece of the frame to 1/4” leaving a 1/4” gap for the mirror to slide in from the top. Everything seemed to work out great. She unwrapped the frames and I had them hung within 5 minutes and she is going to take them down this weekend and paint them and the frame will pick up out of the french cleat and the mirror will slide out of the top in seconds. I did have a little problem with one of them now laying flat on the bottom on the less than straight wall but a couple of tiny pieces of velcro in the bottom corners corrected that issue.

I’ll post before and after pictures of the bathroom once she has them painted. I also replaced the vanity lighting for her so I guess it was a partial bathroom makeover!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 07:56 PM

well done
Simple elegance

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 02:11 AM

That is a pretty cool idea, and execution! I think I am going to try this and let my son paint his frame. Then when he is tired of the colors, he can take it out and repaint it. :)

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