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Stenciled Mirror Frame

Turn a plain mirror into a decor statement using a painted frame with a floral theme. Finish it with a striking metallic paint or color it to match your room.

Stenciled mirror frame in white and gold

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw (optional)
  • Jigsaw and fine-tooth blade
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and bit set
  • Tape measure
  • Circle compass
  • Straightedge
  • 60-, 80-, and 100-grit sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Wood glue
  • Spray adhesive


  • 3/4 x 49 x 97 MDF, #37461
  • 1/8 x 48 x 96 hardboard, #15483
  • 20-in x 24-in frameless mirror, #68452
  • Tape squares, #197436
  • D-ring picture hangers, pack of 4, #264577
  • 8-ounce Valspar Signature satin paint, Polar White (#7003-16)
  • Quart Valspar Signature satin paint, Homestead Resort Gold (#3005-5C)
  • Valspar Brilliant Metals paint, Crystallized Ginger (#EE2063A)
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You can have a stencil printed and laminated at a copy shop using our downloadable design. For a time-saving alternative, order the Indian Floral Inlay Stencil Set from Royal Design Studio (royaldesignstudio.com) for $26 plus shipping.

Build the Mirror Frame

Step 1

From the MDF sheet, cut a 28-in x 42-1/2-in piece. Cut the same size piece from the hardboard sheet.
Good to Know
If you don't have a table saw, have a Lowe's associate cut the panels to size. This also makes it easier to handle and transport bulky panels.

Step 2

Print and assemble the mirror pattern. Use spray adhesive to temporarily attach the pattern to the MDF piece. Drill 1/2-in holes near each corner of the inside rectangle without touching the lines. Then use a jigsaw to cut out the 20-in x 24-in opening for the mirror and check it for clearance using the mirror you'll install.
Good to Know
If you prefer a different mirror, adjust the margins on the sides and bottom to leave equal clearances. If you cut both panels narrower, however, you'll need to adapt the top pattern.

Step 3

Use a jigsaw to make the top shape
Drill 1/2-in holes at each inside corner of the pattern to help turn your jigsaw blade as you cut -- you can clean up the corners later. Saw the pattern in the MDF. Then lift off the pattern and repeat for the hardboard panel but without the mirror opening in the center.

Step 4

Sand the inside edges of the MDF frame. Glue and clamp the frame to the hardboard backer. Then sand the edges and top profiles flush.

Step 5

To seal the MDF faces and edges and make the surfaces easier to paint, cover them with a solution of glue and water called ���glue size.��� Mix 1/4 cup of wood glue with 1/4 cup of water and brush the solution over the faces and edges of the frame. After it dries, sand the surfaces and edges smooth.

Paint the Mirror Frame

Step 1

Apply metallic paint to the frame
Apply two coats (Homestead Resort Gold shown) using a 4-in roller on flat surfaces and an angled trim brush for the edges. After the second coat dries, apply two coats of metallic paint (Crystallized Ginger shown).

Step 2

Mask off the border areas
Measure and mark 1/2 inch in from the outside edges and edges of the mirror cutout. Place 1-in painter's tape along the marks. At the top, place a strip of tape with the top edge 3-1/2 inches from the top of the cutout. Place a second strip above that, leaving a 1/2-in gap. At the top, use a compass to trace a line 1/2 inch in from the curved top contours.

Step 3

Paint borders around the frame and mirror cutout
Use a roller to apply two coats of paint to the border areas next to the masking tape. Using an angle brush, continue the border in the curved areas at the top and paint the inside and outside frame edges. After the second coat dries, remove the tape.

Step 4

Space double-sided tape squares around the opening for the mirror and lower the mirror in place. Gently press the mirror against the tape, taking care not to crack the glass.

Step 5

A completed mirror showing the stencil layout

Download, print, laminate, and cut out the stencil or use a ready-made stencil. Starting at the top, position the flower at the center of the mirror just beneath the border. Lightly brush paint over the stencil without forcing it beneath the stencil edges. Wait one minute, repeat for a second coat as needed, and remove the stencil. Repeat for the leaves at the top, using the photo of the mirror as a guide. Clean the stencil immediately after use and flip it upside down to mirror the patterns as needed.

Step 6

Stenciling mirror frame

Use the same technique as in the previous step to stencil first the flowers and then the leaves in the area surrounding the mirror. Allow the paint to dry for several hours.

Step 7

Turn the mirror upside down. About 2 inches above the top edge of the mirror on the opposite side, measure 6 inches in from each side and mark the location for the D-ring hanger mounting holes. Drill 7/64-in pilot holes and install the hangers.
Good to Know
The spacing in from the edges should position the hangers 16 inches apart, letting you drive mounting nails into two studs. For mounting elsewhere on a wall, install two wall anchors level with each other and 16 inches apart.