Old Barn Wood Mirror

by Tammy Taylor

When we decided to save our 1880’s barn by having a contractor come shore up the exterior, we originally asked them to remove the the old ragged exterior boards and replace them after the repairs were made.  After removing these old boards it was apparent there would be nowhere near enough wood to replace the entire surface so we had them use new similarly-styled wood planks.  We allowed the new wood to age for one year and then we sealed it for protection from the elements.  They did an awesome job and our old barn has maintained it’s beautiful old look.  (If you’d like a virtual tour of this beautiful old barn you can see it here.)

We used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn to make a beautiful mirror frame for our home. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now what to do with this old barn wood?  I wanted each and every plank to be used again somehow.  My husband made patio side tables, bookends, birdhouses and even a custom-made headboard for our guestroom – and we sold some of the wood for other interesting craft projects.  But my favorite use of this precious wood was my mirror.   Here’s what we did:

We used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn to make a beautiful mirror frame for our home. #TaylorMadeHomestead

I wanted a large mirror that was styled with the old barn wood and the old barbed wire found on our ranch.  I didn’t want to buy the actual mirror new (it’s an environmental thing for me) so we scoured Goodwill stores and garage sales.  We finally found this large mirror at Goodwill for about $10.  My husband went to work adding the barn-wood frame.  We chose pieces of wood that had character, some of them still included the old square nails that I love in the barn’s construction.  We found some metal hooks at a local bazaar and set them outside for a few weeks to rust, then installed them as embellishments.

1880's Barn Wood Mirror Hardware We used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn to make a beautiful mirror frame for our home. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Across the top he strung a piece of our 1882 Elwood barbed wire.  I love that I still see this wire in some of our cross fences.  It’s true what they say, they don’t make ’em like they used to!  (Note: We also made some rustic wall crosses from this 1880’s barbed wire to decorate the wall)

1880 Barn wood & 1882 Elwood Barbed Wire #TaylorMadeHomestead

I think the mirror turned out fantastic and I love that it contains both the old barn wood that speaks to my heart as well as the 1882 Elwood barbed wire that whispers of past life of our property.

~TMH~

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52 thoughts on “Old Barn Wood Mirror

    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      🙂 Thanks Ashley! I do love this mirror. And it’s positioned in a place that reflects outside light into the house so it serves double purpose in our passive-solar design! ~TMH~

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  1. JES

    LOVE the mirror and especially the barbed wire detail. You did a fabulous job! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I have pinned this 🙂

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  2. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Your mirror looks great! Your husband did a great job on it. Love the rusty hardware and barb wire.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Thanks Linda – I love those embellishments too. So rustic and fits right in with our ranch decor. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Thanks Karen, I love that too. And the mirror is perfect – rustic & countrified. And it’s a gift from my RancherMan which is special as well. ~TMH~

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  3. Dolly Sarrio

    I am so glad that you shared this. I really like what you did with the old barn wood and to have the 1882 bobbed wire included is an extra special thing. The Farm has it’s history and the mirror has it’s history too. What a wonderful thing to pass on down the generations. Dolly

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Dolly, I think my Honey did great job! This mirror will serve our purposes for many years to come! ~TMR~

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  5. Tricia

    I love the rustic look of this mirror! It’s the perfect fit for the Upcycled Linky Party going on right now on http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com Hope you can join us!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Debbie – I’ve been trying to think of other fun projects to do with our upcycled barn wood, we still have a little left and it will NOT be wasted! 😉 ~TMR~

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  6. Laurie Kazmierczak

    Great re-cycling project that preserves more than just the old wood…Well done. My Rurality: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/03/so-ready-for-spring.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Laurie – the materials used turned a blah mirror into something really special. I’ve loved it for years! Thanks for your kind comment. ~TMR~

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  7. Hannah

    Your barn is beautiful! Well done on the mirror! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you stop by again next week at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Hannah, I love that you enjoyed both the mirror and the barn pics. I can’t believe that barn is as old as it is and still so functional. Wow, they just don’t make ’em like they used to, huh? Love the blog hop – thanks for the invite. ~TMR~

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  8. Janice

    Looks like quite a special mirror. It’s awesome that it has alot of sentimental value for you. And your barn? Looks absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Janice! You’re right, it’s very sentimental to me. And thanks for your kind comment about our barn – it’s been near and dear to my heart from day ONE! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Why thank you Laurie for your kind comment. I admit, I love both the barn and the mirror too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. ~TMR~

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  9. Lynne

    I love repurposing old things instead of just tossing them out. Your mirror came out beautifully and will always remind you of your barn and property and all the memories that go with it. Well done! ~Lynne from a “new” Jersey Girl, just “hopping” by from Rurality Blog Hop

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Lynne. Not only is the vintage material so much more beautiful to me, but it makes no sense to throw THIS wood away and go buy THAT wood instead! Thanks for your compliment. ~TMR~

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  10. gtyyup

    That barn is such a classic…you definitely have braggin’ rights with the fine job you did to retain its original look! And the mirror is simply a piece of beautiful art…well done!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I love the barn too gtyyup and I appreciate your kind comment. I love the mirror as well and it was a very fun project that ended up looking absolutely perfect in our home. 🙂 ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks – I think it turned out pretty cool and it looks perfect in my house. PLUS the large mirror reflects the light into the interior of the house! (I posted about passive solar energy in your home here —> http://bit.ly/ZK7DsE ) Thanks for your kind comment. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Jori – it’s funny I was trying to figure out how to take the reflections out of the mirror, so it’s good to know the picture worked the way it was. Thanks for your kind comment. ~TMR~

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  11. Heather May

    As always…GORGEOUS! I had a project list for this week so i am hoping for some equally cool creations! I am hosting today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com…. stop by!

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  12. Debbie McCormick

    That is gorgeous. I love the fact that everything is antique – it makes it so meaningful. (thanks for sharing this on talu)

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Debbie for your kind comment – I love the mirror & how it’s special because of it’s assembled parts. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Donna – I think he did a great job ad it’s very special to me. 🙂 ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Monique, I think he did a great job for me and it looks fantastic in our home. 🙂 ~TMR~

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      1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

        Thanks Stephanie – I’m mulling over a few other craft ideas because I’ve got a couple of boards left and NOTHING will be wasted of this precious wood! 🙂 ~TMR~

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