DIY, Home Decor, Organization

Upgrade Your Space with This DIY Mirror Organizer!

Don’t know what to do with that old door mirror? Upcycle it into functional storage with this DIY mirror organizer tutorial!

My family and I recently moved, and my daughter had an old mirror she wasn’t sure what to do with in her new space. You know the kind; it hangs on the back of a door, usually the smaller rectangular ones you find in the dorm furniture section of any big box store. Aside from not knowing what to do with this mirror, my daughter also said she wanted a more hidden space to condense and store all of her jewelry, which gave me the perfect idea: instead of trashing the old mirror, I could upcycle it into fully functional jewelry storage! And you know I had to share the process with you… so keep reading to learn how to create your own DIY mirror organizer!

Materials You’ll Need for Your DIY Mirror Organizer

Don’t be intimidated by the list of materials; most items you likely have on hand. If you don’t, they’re not the least bit expensive to purchase online or from your local hardware store.

DIY mirror organizer
Gold mirror my daughter wasn’t sure what to do with in her new room.

How to Build Your Mirror Organizer

I started out by measuring the length of the mirror. Using my miter saw, I cut the ends of the 1” x 3” x 8’ board in a 45-degree angle, with the angled cuts mirroring each other (see picture below). You want the highest point of the angles to match the edge of the mirror. When the top and bottom pieces are also cut with the same 45-degree angles, they’ll form 90-degree angles in each corner when assembled. 

miter saw set at 45 degree angle leaning to left cutting into a piece of wood
Using a sliding miter I set the blade to a 45 degree angle to cut the 1″x 3″ pieces of wood for the frame.

TIP: The measurement for a 45-degree angle is taken from the longest (outside) point.

After the long sides were cut, I measured and cut the top and bottom pieces to fit. 

DIY mirror organizer
Using the mirror as a template I dry fit all the pieces I cut for the frame.

Using a corner clamp, I fit the pieces together, took one side out to apply wood glue, put them back together, and used brad nails to secure the pieces. 

metal corner clamps hold cut pieces of wood while a nail gun is placed against to secure the pieces.
Clamping the pieces together while nailing made it easier to control by myself.

After all four corners were secure, I laid the rectangular box on top of the project board, marked off where I needed to cut, and cut the board to fit inside the wood box. 

DIY mirror organizer
Using the circular saw to cut the panel board to the dimensions to fit inside the wood frame.

Once the board was cut, I dry fit the pieces together; if there were any spots that were tight, I used 80-grit sand paper to smooth out the edges. When the project board fit inside the rectangular box, I used wood screws to secure them together. 

wood screw being placed on the side of the frame.
Wood screws helped secure the frame and the back together and give stability.

I flipped the piece over and on the back, measured down 9 inches. This is where the back supports would be attached with a hinge on each side. I measured the rest of the back from the 9 inch mark down to give me the length of the supports. Using this measurement, I cut two 1” x3” pieces of wood to that length. 

back of mirror with wood support attached with black hinges to the back of the wood box.
Dry fitting all the pieces gave me a chance to make adjustments. like adding a middle support piece to the back of the unit.

To keep the pieces sturdy, I cut a bottom and middle support for the two back support pieces out of the same 1” x 3” board scraps. I then secured those pieces using pocket screws, but you can also use the wood screws to secure them as well. 

using screws inside of a pocket hole to attach two pieces of wood.
Pocket holes are a great way to conceal screws in furniture builds.

Once all the pieces were cut and secured, I used wood filler to close any gaps or spaces between the wood, and let it dry. 

wood filler bottle being held in front of a gap between two wood pieces.
Since there is a human aspect to any DIY build, wood filler will be your best friend to help conceal gaps.

Before painting, I gave everything a good sand using 120-grit sand paper, wiped off with a tack cloth, and rolled on a couple coats of paint.

wood being painted with a white roller with white paint on it
Once everything was put together and sanded, it was time to paint.

Since the mirror was already painted gold, I used painters tape cover the glass around the edges, and painted the mirror to match the rest of the piece, and let dry. 

gold framed mirror with green tape on the mirror and white roller painting mirror
While the main unit dried, I painted the gold mirror white to match.

Depending on your wood, you may want to give another light sand and add another coat of paint to make the surface smooth. 

After everything was dry, I attached the mirror to the wood box using three hinges, and attached the back supports using two more hinges. I also found a hook to keep the mirror organizer securely shut.

DIY mirror organizer
Not only does my daughter have a mirror, she has a place to store all of her treasures.

Because the back of my mirror had some damage, I added some rolled cork and secured with industrial hot glue, which will make this perfect for my daughter to display pictures. I also added some decorative ribbon for an extra touch. 

DIY mirror organizer

On the inside of the stand, I inserted some jewelry organizers I found at Michael’s craft store and using some scrap wood, added some shelves for nail polish and any other things she wanted to add. 

DIY mirror organizer
Instead of being just a mirror, now my daughter has a place to store all of her jewelry, art, and nail polish.

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Overall, my daughter is thrilled with her DIY mirror organizer! It’s going to save so much space in her room and is something she can use for her jewelry for years to come. If she decides that she wants it to hang on the wall, I can add heavy duty mirror hanging hardware giving her additional flexibility for the future. Instead of throwing out the mirror, we found the perfect solution to give her functional storage she wanted in her new room. 

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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

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