So this project was for a Broadway style vanity mirror. I found them online for $250-600 so decided to try and see if I could custom build one. All the materials I got from Home Depot for about $200. Home Depot is normally my go-to place for any projects like this one, especially if I need tools. My friend told me that I might’ve been able to save a bit of money if I had used a home depot promo code. I’ll have to use that next time. It’s important to save money where you can.
It was pretty easy actually, I sketched out what I wanted to do on a piece of notebook paper, went to Home Depot to see what parts were available then adjusted my plans accordingly. I wanted to have lighting on the top and both sides, a large mirror, and most importantly a dimmer switch. Probably, I might have to get in touch with technicians similar to the ones who provide Electrical wiring and rewiring in Atlanta, GA in my vicinity, and ask for their professional opinion. As for now, I grabbed all the parts and supplies and over the weekend I created a huge mirror that puts out a ton of light, 560 Watts, and it’s dimmable.
Here’s the basic needs.
- Large mirror – 24″ x 36″
- 1 Light Fixture – 5″ x 36″
- 2 Light Fixtures – 5″ x 24″
- 2 36″ long 2″x4″s
- 2 16″ long 2″x4″s
- Wall Mount Dimmer Switch
- Heavy Duty Wiring
- 36″ x 48″ Large MDF Board
- Switch Face Plate and Outlet Metal Mount Box
- Mirror Mounts Brackets
- Wire Nuts
- Drill, Screwdriver, Screws, Saw, Wire Snips and Plyers…..
Basic Instructions to follow…
Layout a square frame with the 2″x4″s and mount that the middle of the MDF.
Roughly setup the mirror and the light fixtures around the sides. Drill any holes that you need for the wiring. I drilled wholes thru the 2″x4″s as well so I can run the wires thru the frame instead of around. just a way to help clean it up a bit. Cut out a square for the electrical outlet box for the switch somewhere towards the bottom. You can also add an additional electrical outlet as well. If you’re not comfortable doing electrical work yourself, you can always try this website to look for an electrician.
Sand down the corners and apply your paint. Now would be the time to go crazy and get creative with a mural or design around the edges. I went with a flat black tho to keep it standard.
While you’re waiting for it to dry, you can finish up the wire connections for the dimmer switch and electrical outlet.
Mount the mirror and light fixtures, run all your wiring and pace on any hardware like the face plates.
Plug in and light up the room!