Mirror, Mirror (or Door) on the Wall


I’m loving beautiful old doors….All the carved details, weathered finishes, and architectural elements are amazing

You don’t even need to do anything with them – just lean them against the wall:



But you CAN do some really cool projects with old doors, like these:

Mount bedside sconces on them – I love the color & interest they add to this space!




There’s a zillion ways to DIY up old doors – search Vintage Door Projects on Pinterest – Everything from picnic tables to garden decor.

Old doors are just cool.  And I was smitten…..But I didn’t have an old door, I had this:

IKEA Mongstad Mirror

And you do need a full length mirror in your bedroom.
How else can you avoid VPL, flood pants, and other disasters.
I believe the world might be a better place if everyone had a full length mirror to check before they left the house.

So the Mirror had to become a Door.


When we purchased the dressers on Kijiji, they came with a headboard (and 2 nightstands, which are still waiting to be amazing).  I have no ‘Before’ picture (as in, ‘Before‘ we cut it into pieces) of the headboard, but it was basically just all these wooden scroll-y pieces, which I thought were pretty groovy.

The groovy scrolls were glued on (after much deliberation on placement & angle).  Then it was all primed (Zinsser Cover Stain) and painted (Sherwin Williams Proclassic paint in Oxford White (Benjamin Moore CC-30), the same as the dressers.  Once dry, I lightly sanded in a few spots, revealing the original dark color underneath.

Now to add all the ‘door bits’ – metal backplate, glass door knob, and hinges.

I picked up the glass knobs (at the time, purpose TBD) at an Antique/Collectible place for $15 each.  I got 2 – and used 1 here.
The metal backplates were $10 each.
See how the door knobs are connected with a metal rod?

It’s threaded, so the knobs just screw off.  Good to know.

The glass door knob was epoxyed onto the metal backplate.

I sprayed ‘Egyptian Brown’ 4” door hinges (Home Depot) with Rustoleum Antique Nickel then Rustoleum Oil Rubbed bronze – layering the 2 so that they ended up a bit mottled looking.

I really was not sure that the IKEA frame could be screwed into, so I took the heads off the screws and just glued them into the holes. I used PL2000 Adhesive to adhere the hinges and the metal plate to the mirror-almost-door.

And now we have a cool ‘old door’ in the bedroom.  Without risking fashion disaster.



This was a really simple project.  You could use store bought wooden pieces to add the detail, and paint it any color that works in your space.  Of course, white was our my choice, but this would be gorg in a juicy bright raspberry, or in a bold teal blue.

Pretty much everything in our bedroom was a DIY project – the bench, dressers, headboardvintage lighting, and TV shelf – it’s time to move on to another room !


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  1. love your mirror door, and i would love to feature it if that would be ok with you please let me know,

  2. What a gorgeous door……..lovin it.

    Im now following you. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you’ll decide to follow back? THANKS. 😎

  3. This is so gorgeous! I saw this featured on someone else’s blog. So glad you linked up to my party! I have a ton of doors around here too, thanks for all the great idea. I will be sharing tomorrow at my linky party. Thanks again. -K

  4. Love it! I don’t know why, but it makes me think of Alice in Wonder Land. It’s just a little bit quirky like that, which I think is great!

    • so now everytime i look at it, I’m thinking Alice in Wonderland Loribeth!! lol, thanks for visiting! T.

  5. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I pick up headboards like this all the time sometimes for free. Would love it if you could link this up to my party

  6. Love your door mirror and would like to feature it on my blog, if it’s okay with you. Found your blog through monthly blog hop and now following you If you get a chance, stop by my blog A Joyful Cottage http://www.ajoyfulcottage.com. Lots of fun things there. Blessings, Nancy

  7. I love all the vintage doors! Following you on Facebook!

  8. I am in awe of your gorgeous mirror (door). How creative and fabulous are you? I hopped over after seeing this on A Joyful Cottage. I have an old door fetish and am always picking them up. This however is as good as any old door! I am now a new follower.
    p.s. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. i would love if you shared sometime!

  9. I LOVE it!!! I go crazy looking for old doors and who knew I can have one anytime! I love what you did and will be doing one for my bedroom when I get in there for it’s update! thank you for sharing.

  10. I love this! What a great idea!! It looks really classy.


  11. i love your ideas. i have a door and window fettish and am always looking for new ideas. we are in the process of restoring and saving the family barn and trying to make it a shabby chic gathering place so will be checking in frequently for new inspiration.

  12. Donna Mills says:

    Love the mirror. But am very interested in the glass doorknobs and plates. We are building a new house and I so want these. Could you please let me know where you found these ? Thanks

    • Hi Donna – I found the glass doorknobs at an antique market, and the hinges were new from Home Depot. I spray painted them using bronze and nickel spray paint to appear ‘aged’. For large sets of the glass knobs and plates, you might get lucky on ebay or etsy. Thanks for visiting! xoT.


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