DIY Iron Grate Mirror

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I think I’m growing up. Not too much, mind you! Just a bit.

You see, I’ve finally come to realize something very important about myself and I’m working to change it.

I’ve always been a person filled with ‘expectations’. Expectations for myself, for my home, for others, for life in general. Many of them totally unrealistic.

And most of the time, that little character quality left me feeling let down and disappointed.

DIY iron grate mirror from

So, I realized that it was far better to approach most situations with little to no expectations and therefore leave room for being pleasantly surprised!

And when I found this iron grate for sale for $15 I really, really, really tried hard to have little to no expectations. Honestly, I did!

I thought, well, I could turn this into a super fabulous mirror. In fact, I’m going to try and turn this into a super fabulous mirror. But, if it doesn’t work? Well, then I’ll just have a really cool, old iron grate that I know I can use somehow, someway.

So, I went into this project with NO expectations. Just gusto…lots and lots of gusto!

iron grate

I picked up an unframed bathroom vanity mirror from the hardware store.

making an iron grate mirror

I’ll admit it. I was nervous. How on earth was this heavy iron grate going to adhere to a mirror? For one thing, they’re two different kinds of materials. But having been given the opportunity to try out the new  ProBond Advanced I knew it was now or never!

Elmer's ProBond glue

I made sure the grate was level…


…measured to make sure it was centered on the mirror and then marked it with tape…

iron mirror taping corners

…applied the ProBond Advanced to the grate and attached it to the mirror. One of the things I immediately noticed was that unlike other brands, if a little bit of the bonding mixture seeped out (because I applied too much!) it was totally clear and very easy to wipe off prior to it drying. And the fact that it is specifically designed to bond Mixed Materials together meant that there was hope!

I placed heavy paint cans on top to weight it down and allow the bond to do it’s job, turned off the lights in the garage and headed back into the house to let it dry over night all the while filled with a sense of impending doom.

Will it work?? Will I come out in the morning and find that the grate was totally not sticking to the mirror?

iron grate turned mirror elmers pro bond glue

But there was no need to fear!

As soon as I woke up I hustled my bleary-eyed, coffee needing self to the garage, flipped on the light and went to check if the grate and the mirror had bonded in the night.

And sure enough! They were stuck like glue! Sorry, couldn’t help myself with that one. ;-)

iron grate turned mirror framing

The next step was to purchase molding to frame out the mirror. We cut the pieces to size using our miter saw and then used the ProBond Advanced to attach it to the mirror. I knew that if it could hold that grate and mirror together then it would definitely work for the wood and the mirror, especially since it’s designed to bond porous (wood) and non-porous (mirror) materials together.

iron grate wood framed mirror Elmers pro bond

After letting it dry, I painted the frame and it was ready for it’s debut!

iron grate in framed mirror


Growing up is hard to do. Especially since it seems like a never-ending process, you know?

But, I gotta tell  ya. Having little to no expectations for things means one of two things will happen.

Either things don’t work out as you planned and you are spared a major let down.


DIY Framed Iron Grate Mirror

Or they turn out totally fabulous and you are all the more thrilled because you never had high hopes to begin with!!!

So, tell me, what kind of projects have you had to go into with low (or no!) expectations?

Is there anything you are working on where you might consider using Elmer’s Probond Advanced?

Take it from this skeptic, it’s totally worth giving it a try!

I mean, if you have no expectations, what’s the worst that can happen, right? You might just end up as pleasantly surprised as I was! :-)

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  1. What a fun idea for that grate, Vanessa! It looks wonderful. I would have been doubtful about the bonding of the grate to the mirror, too. I wind up disappointed when my expectations are too high about a project so I try to dial it down. : ) You’re right, then you can be pleasantly surprised when it does work out.
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  2. Whoa! I would have been scared too. But the project turned out fabulous! I love the chippy yellow paint on the grate. Very pretty!

    Take care,
    ~ Ashley
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  3. What a beautiful piece and original idea. I love learning about products that I didn’t know we’re available. Fabulous job!

  4. Vanessa, you’re brilliant! Your new mirror looks wonderful. I would’ve been nervous about this one, too–I’m very impressed that this glue could hold something so heavy! Is this available at mass marketers or just at hardware stores? I’m going to look for some!

    The high-expectations situation hits all of us, I think. I once had a friend who made a rule never to get her hopes up too high about anything, so she could avoid being disappointed about things. She was a very even-keeled person!
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  5. Love it!

  6. That turned out gorgeous!
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  7. The gate on the mirror is such a great idea. This looks fabulous and your project turned out perfectly.
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  8. Amy Kaminski says:

    That is awesome!!! Great idea and a great product.

  9. Absolutely Adorable! Great Job!
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  10. Wow…and wow…what a “grate” idea!….totally FB’ng this…turned out simply magnificent!!!
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  11. I love it, Vanessa! What a great find…then to think of the mirror. Brilliant. That glue sounds great, too. I need to try it.
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  12. What a fabulous, beautiful statement piece for your mantel. I would think Pottery Barn might steal your design. Thanks for suggesting the new glue product.

  13. Vanessa ~ This is ingenious and looks like a million bucks! What a lovely addition to your home. And I love when I don’t know where a project is going and am pleasantly surprised in the end, too.
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  14. What a unique & gorgeous piece you now have in your home…oh, brave one!
    One question: In the “After” pictures at top & bottom, the grate looks golden; but in all of the DIY “In Progress” pictures, it looks sort of like distress gray/white?

  15. Vanessa, this turned out great! This is such a lovely addition to your home! You always have such great ideas!
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  16. Vanessa, Very creative and I love how the mirror turned out! It looks beautiful on your mantle.

  17. Carol Reddin says:

    Love how the mirror/frame/grate worked out! It’s really beautiful! I intend to buy some of the glue to have for a variety of indoor/outdoor projects!

  18. Oh my gosh Vanessa this is amazing! In my opinion, this is destined to be a family heirloom. You may have to make another one so your kids don’t fight over it!
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  19. Now this is a fabulous project! I love your mirror!!!! THanks for sharing ProBond! I have never heard of it and now can’t wait to use it! BTW… don’t grow up too fast. I love you just the way you are!!!

  20. I admire your tenacity in manhandling the vanity mirror. I have a phobia of those things! It turned out beautiful!
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  21. Now you are going to have to raise those expectations girl ;)
    It’s fabulous.
    So super neat and I love that you made it!
    You totally created it from almost nothing.
    Bravo :)))
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  22. So mouth watering! That seems irresistible.
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  23. Your iron grate mirror is really beautiful and I love the way it turned out. You scored on the price too!
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  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Now to find a darling grate like that one! Great idea :)

  25. Stopping by from I’m lovin it. Your diy mirror caught my eye. Great idea!

  26. It turned out gorgeous Vanessa! I am amazed it worked because I too would have been worried about the heaviness. Thanx for sharing at THT!
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  27. What a fantastic idea – turned out just gorgeous !

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