$180 Pottery Barn Framed Mirror Set Dupe for Under $15!

Hello friends! I’m so glad you’re here today because it’s time for our monthly Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. On to my project- a few months ago, I saw some beautiful decorative mirrors framed in wood on Pottery Barn’s website. They wanted $59.99 per mirror, and I’d need a set of four to fill the space above my couch, previously inhabited by my coastal farmhouse flag. I refuse to spend $180 on something I could make for much less! Today I’m sharing how to make a DIY decorative mirror, or a set of them, for less than $15!

On Creative Craft Hop, I join up with some lovely ladies from around the world every third Thursday to bring you DIY projects. Stick around after this post to see all of the great tutorials shared by some very talented ladies! If you’re coming over from Jenna at The Painted Apron, welcome! Wasn’t her gingerbread ornament adorable?!

I couldn’t find the picture of the Pottery Barn mirrors tonight, but I did find a similar set on Wayfair for $289.99! Can you believe that?! I actually like my version a lot better than these!

Decorative mirrors from Wayfair selling for $289.99.

DIY Decorative Mirror Supplies:

I made a set of mirrors, but you can just make one if you’d like. I’m sharing the supplies for one, you’ll need 4 each for a set.

  • decorative mirror(s) from Dollar Tree
  • 12×12 canvas: I bought a pack of 7 from Michaels for $6.59 w/ a coupon.
  • chalk paint or chalk spray paint: I used Rust-oleum Chalked spray paint in linen white.
  • wood stain or paint for the wood frame: I used Rust-oleum Polyurethane + Stain in weathered gray.
  • E6000 or hot glue gun
  • staple gun or hot glue
  • scissors or rotary cutter
Supplies for the decorative mirror: pack of 7 12x12 canvases, white chalk spray paint, weathered gray Rust-oleum stain, painter's tape, 4 small decorative mirrors.
Four decorative mirrors on canvases framed in weathered gray wood.

Remove Canvas from the Wood Frame

You’re going to need the wood frames that are under the canvases showing when you attach the decorative mirrors to the canvases. When I remove canvases from frames, I use a small flathead screwdriver or a butterknife to pry the staples from the back of wood. You can use pliers to pull the staples once you get them lifted up.

Removing staples from the back of an 8x10 canvas to separate it from the wood frame.

Once you’ve removed all the staples, take the canvas off of the wood frame.

Removing canvas from the wood frame.

Since I was making a 4 piece set of DIY decorative mirrors, I went ahead and removed the canvases from all four frames.

Decorative mirror placed on canvas and framed in wood stained in weathered gray.
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Fill the Holes in the Wood

Whenever I use reversed canvases, I always use spackling or wood filler to fill in the slats that you’ll find in just about any brand of canvases. If you need a more complete tutorial on this, you can check out my reverse canvas tutorial or coastal farmhouse flag tutorial, where I spackled then stained the wood, to see step by step instructions.

Fill the holes with spackle, then allow it to dry.

Paint or Stain the Wood Frame

Once the spackle dries, sand the entire surface of the wood frame.

Sanding a wood frame with an electric sander.

Use a foam or paint brush to apply the wood stain or paint to the wood frames.

Brushing on weathered gray wood stain on the wood frame.

Paint the Decorative Mirror

Before you paint the mirrors, you need to use painter’s or masking tape to cover the glass. If you’re using chalk spray paint you need to cover the entire surface, but if it’s regular chalk paint you only need to tape of the edges where the mirror meets the plastic. If you’re making a decorative mirror set like I did, tape off all of the mirrors.

Paint the mirrors with chalk paint. You will probably need two coats. Be sure to add lights coats, especially when getting into the pointy edges. You don’t want a buildup of paint, or drippings!

Attach the Canvas to the Frame

Now reattach the canvas to the wood frame. Lay the canvas out flat and place the frame on top of it. Use scissors or a rotary cutter to trim the excess fabric off. I actually did this for the first time on this project. Normally I usually cut the canvas once it’s stapled on to the frame. After my first canvas I went back to my normal method, cutting after the stapling. For me it’s so much easier, but most people like to do it first. Do what’s easier for you.

Turn the frame upside down and lay the canvas fabric on top of it. Be sure it’s evenly on the wood and staple the canvas on the frame in the center of one of the sides. Pull the fabric straight across and staple that side down. Be sure to pull the canvas tight. Now place a staple in each of the two sides remaining. With all sides stapled down, add a few more staples, about 2-3″ apart.

If you don’t have a staple gun you can use a hot glue gun to glue the canvas in place on the frame.

Glue the Decorative Mirror in the Frames

Squeeze some E6000 on the back of the decorative mirror and place it in the center of the canvas. If you don’t have any you can use hot glue, but the E6000 will hold the mirror in place much better. Since my decorative mirrors had really skinny parts to place glue on, I put it on a BBQ skewer and spread it on the edges with it.

Place the mirror on the center of the canvas. Place something heavy on the mirror while the E6000 dries.

Now your decorative mirror or mirrors are ready to hang!

I know this project takes a quite a bit of work and takes some time, but the results are so worth it! I’m happy that I didn’t spend $180 for Pottery Barn’s verion because I love how my DIY decorative mirror set turned out! I’ve updated this post with some new pictures taken with better light. When I took them last night I didn’t realize how bad they were until I saw the decorative mirrors in the sunshine! As soon as I get one more set of Command Strips, I’ll hang them in their place of honor and update the pictures again. Here’s how my set turned out (they match our floors very well apparently lol):

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Can you believe you can save more than $160 by making these mirrors yourself?! Or if you look at the Wayfair price, you’d save more than $269!! I just love this project!

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20 thoughts on “$180 Pottery Barn Framed Mirror Set Dupe for Under $15!

  1. Great dupe Niki! I like yours way better than the ones from Pottery Barn. I’ll have to keep an eye out for those Mirrors from Dollar Tree, they are super cute! Pinning. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I like your version so much better too Niki; these are fabulous! I had no clue that the frames under those canvasses could look so good! What a great idea!

    1. Thank you! I always remove the canvases for some cheap yet solid wood frames! Even the ones from Dollar Tree are nice. They don’t have the decorative lip, but they work great too.

  3. Wow, Niki, this is fabulous! You certainly have a wonderful vision on re-creating high-end items! Who would have thought to use dollar store items to create these lovelies! Very impressive!

  4. What an amazing project Niki! I love how you created the frames by reversing a canvas, very thrifty and smart! The Dollar Tree mirrors are so cute, what a great find! I know you must smile every time you see these, knowing how much money you saved!

    1. Thank you! Yes, there was no way I was spending that kind of money on wall decor. You know we crafty girls, “I could make that!”

  5. Niki these came out so cute! I want them for my bathroom wall. Such a wonderful idea my friend. Great job

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