Designers and decorators often use mirrors and reflective surfaces to add depth to narrow and small areas. A strategically placed mirror in a hallway or on the far wall of a cozy office can visually open the room, but the style and size of the mirror itself are just as important as where it goes. Unfortunately, a large molding-framed mirror can set you back hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It doesn’t have to, though. To show you how to create a fresh yet traditional-looking mirror that won’t shatter your budget, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva pulled corner blocks and fluted casing, a precut mirror, and some sturdy mounting materials from the aisles of a home center. (Scaling up the design wouldn’t cost you much more.) Read on to see how he converts off-the-shelf items into a savvy addition to tight spaces.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • hammer
    • hand clamps

    Shopping List

    ½-inch plywood Get a full sheet

    ¼-inch hardboard Get a 4x4 sheet

    3-by-4 foot mirror

    3-inch fluted door casing Get two 8-foot pieces.3½-inch corner block Get four.

    3d finishing nails

    Wood glue

    Mirror adhesive caulk