If you follow beauty bloggers or makeup artists on YouTube you have probably seen these mirrors by Vanity Girl Hollywood
Fabulous, right? For only $399 it could be yours! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of spare cash sitting around for a vanity mirror. It occurred to me that there really wasn’t a reason I couldn’t just DIY myself a similar version of this lit mirror!
Here is what you need:
2 sets of Ikea Musik wall lamps.
These light bars are 24″ long, so we wanted a mirror 24″ long so it would line up nicely. Each light bar is $14.99
You can get these mirror clips at Home Depot for $3.99
Stay with me, it’s not too complicated, I promise!
You need 2 quick wire plugs, also at Home Depot for $4.88 for 2.
Two 6 foot extension cords, $1.57 at Home Depot.
A drill. If you don’t already have a drill and have any sort of desire to DIY anything, I highly recommend getting a drill. You can get good ones for under $30 and they are SO useful and simple to use. Check out a great one here!
And drill bits of varying sizes.
Two 1″ x 2″ pieces of lumber.
And, of course, some screws. We always keep a couple boxes of drywall screws around the house, for this project we used 3/4″ screws and 2″ screws.
To start, make a frame using the wood. You want 4 sections 24″ long, and 2 sections cut 34.5″ long, if you have the equipment to do this at home, great. Otherwise, most lumber yards or Home Depot will cut it for you for free or very cheap. The mirror is just a hair below 24″x 36″ so you can make you cuts 1/16″ short, or sand it down once the cut is made.
Next, we screwed the other two 24″ pieces onto the frame. These two pieces of wood are what brings the mirror frame up to the height of the lights.
Screw the 4 mirror clips onto the frame. I recommend sliding the mirror on at this point to make sure everything fits nicely before you move forward with the rest of this project.
Next, we are going to remove the hardware from the lights with a screwdriver.
This is what it will look like when it’s off.
Now you want to drill a hole on the plastic side of the light bar big enough to run the wires through. It’s best to start with a small drill bit to make a small hole, and then use a larger drill bit to make the size hole you want. Starting with a smaller bit will prevent the plastic from cracking or breaking.
Feed your wires through the hole. Since we were drilling right around the wires, we wrapped electrical tape around the wires afterward just to be safe and make sure we didn’t accidentally expose any wires
Next, you want to line your light bar up with your frame to get an idea of where you want to drill a hole to feed your wires through. Again, use a small drill bit first, then a large enough bit to feed your wires through the frame.
We used shorter 3/4″ screws to attach the light bars to the frame using the holes the bar already had. We attached these light bars loosely, if you screw them in too tight the bars stick out at an angle.
Ready to get tricky with some wiring?! When my husband showed me how simple this was, I couldn’t believe it!
Take your wire and twist the wire ends of each together so they are neat, and make a hook on the end.
Hook each wire on either side of the plug, tape the two wires together to keep it neat and close it up.
Once you have those closed up you can attach your extension cords to both plugs and run them through the bottom of the frame
Now, very carefully slide your mirror onto the frame. This is probably a two person job. Take it slow so you don’t scuff, chip or break your mirror!
We used a couple drywall anchors and screws to hang this mirror on the wall, and that’s it!
This whole mirror project cost less than $80 and I LOVE how it turned out!I think I like it better than the Vanity Girl Hollywood mirror. It is so fun to sit down at my fancy little vanity and do my makeup in SO much light. The desk is MICKE desk from Ikea. If you have ANY questions, or if I am leaving out some important information let me knows, I’d love to help you make your own vanity mirror!
What do you think? Are you going to get to work on making your own DIY vanity mirror?
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