Step 3: Coat the Wood

coat the wood when making a sunburst mirror frame with wood shims
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Once the glue has dried, sand the surface (if desired), then brush the entire frame with a protective coat of shellac, which will bring out the wood's natural golden tones. For a different look, consider spray-painting or staining the shims; just prime the wood first.
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    Tools List

    • hot glue gun
      Hot-glue gun
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    8-inch and 12-inch shims (you'll need about 120 each)

    Round beveled mirror (we used a 12-inch, but you can choose whatever size you like best)

    ¼ plywood to back the mirror for extra support (you'll need a square that measures smaller than the size of the frame)Shellac

    Wood glue

    Picture hanging hardware/wire (make sure it can support the frame's weight)

    Mirror adhesive

    Sandpaper (optional)