Introduction

new mirror using old door trim
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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The entrance halls of Victorian-era houses were often decorated with large pier mirrors in front of which homeowners could primp on their way out for the day. My mom—a serial renovator—had a beautiful gilded version that she carted from one old-house project to the next, always propping it proudly against a foyer wall. For my DIY pier mirror, I used the entablature of an old door casing for the top and preprimed pilasters from a lumberyard for the sides and bottom. White paint unifies the old wood with the new. Here’s the step-by-step:
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill driver
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • pocket hole jig
      Pocket hole jig
    • gloves
      Gloves for handling mirror

    Shopping List

    1. Entablature top from salvaged door casing

    2. Pre-primed pilasters

    3. Bead molding

    4. Plywood backer board

    5. Mirror glass

    6. Mirror glue
    7. Lumber for top and plinth blocks

    8. 1-inch finish screws

    9. 1½-inch washer head screws
    to use with pocket hole jig

    10. Paint

    11. Primer

    12. Paintbrushes

    13. Construction adhesive