Hello Pretty Handy Readers! Jaime here from That’s My Letter and today I am sharing a sliding mirror project that is the finishing touch on my newly made over walk-in closet. I will show you how to build a sliding mirror using wood, wheels and pipe fittings.
This sliding mirror is my solution to a small walk-in closet with no wall space and no back of the door option for a mirror. The mirror slides across the room on stationary wheels and a galvanized steel pipe track.
My pipe extends beyond the built-ins (mainly because that’s the pipe I had on hand) but this also allows for full access to the built-in compartments.
In the photo below you can see the pipe extends beyond the built-ins at the ceiling:
Simple finger pull holes allow you to glide the mirror along the pipe. You could get fancy with hardware here but I took the minimalist approach.
Stationary wheels keep the mirror in place while eliminating the need for any lower track system.
Hello super slim profile! The whole mirror and wood support is only 1 1/2″ thick so the mirror does not protrude out into the room.
Ready to make this clever sliding mirror? Let’s get to it…
- 4 – 1x6x8 tongue and groove planks
- 1 – 1x6x6 pine board
- 1 – 1×2 about 16″ scrap pine board
- 1 – mirror
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- 2 – screw eyes
- 2 – 2″ stationary wheels
- foam brush & paper towel
- liquid nails construction adhesive
- 2 – floor flange (1/2″ galvanized)
- 2 – nipple (1/2″ galvanized)
- 2 – 90 elbow (1/2″ galvanized)
- 1 – 1/2″ galvanized pipe @ 72″ long
- mollies & 1 1/2″ screws
- painter’s tape
- nail gun
- drill & drill bits
- wood glue
- sander & sandpaper
- measuring tape
- 1 1/4″ spade bit
Below are the plumbing parts used for this installation (buy two of each):
Before building the mirror, measure your floor to ceiling height then subtract the wheel height, the screw eye height and plumbing parts. This will vary for each installation but from there you can determine the length of the boards.
Step 1: Cut tongue and groove boards to length. Attach the 1×6 horizontal board across planks at both ends using wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails. Be sure to leave space for the mirror between the 1×6 boards:
Step 2: Flip over and add 1 1/4″ countersunk screws into planks and 1×6 for additional support:
Step 3: Sand smooth:
Step 4: Apply stain with foam brush and wipe excess. Let dry. If desired seal with poly.
Step 5: Squeeze out a generous amount of liquid nails construction adhesive:
Step 6: Press mirror in place and let dry following product guidelines:
Step 7: Pre-drill holes and insert screw eyes:
Step 8: Attach a horizontal 1×2 at back using wood glue and countersunk 1 1/4″ screws. This will give you a place to secure the wheels. Pre-drill and attach wheels to bottom of boards:
Step 9: Moving on to the hardware installation. Determine placement on the ceiling (my hardware is mounted about 6″ out from the built-ins). Hold flange in place and mark holes with pencil, pre-drill holes for mollies then hammer mollies in place. Screw flange in place and attach nipple and elbow:
Step 10: Temporarily screw pipe into installed elbow and then add fittings at the other end. This is only temporary at the moment just to mark the position on the ceiling:
Step 11: Mark the flange position on the ceiling and pre-drill for mollies. Insert mollies with hammer. Then remove the unattached fittings and unscrew the pipe.
Step 12: Slide the pipe through the screw eyes on the door then screw pipe into fittings at far end:
Step 13: Attach fittings to open pipe end and screw flange into position in the ceiling. ** Be certain to check door function before adding all screws. You can adjust the height by screwing or unscrewing the screw eyes if necessary.
Step 14: Determine position for finger pull. Wrap side of plank with painters tape to prevent tear out and use a 1 1/4″ spade bit to slowly drill holes then sand smooth:
The sliding mirror door is complete.
Hope you enjoyed this alternative use of plumbing parts combined with a mirror on a closet. This sliding mirror project could work in a variety of situations, think beyond the standard mirror installation and you might surprise yourself!