I wanted to combine a dry erase board, mirror and bulletin board into one for my kitchen. A modern take on the cork board to hang bills and grocery lists, etc. I searched high and low to find something at stores and online before deciding to try to make one and thinking it'd be a great instructable!
What You'll Need...
It's rather simple. All items can be sourced rather cheaply at home improvement stores. The mirror is the biggest cost and you can usually get a decent sized mirror for around $30 or under most places with home decor.
22 gauge is what I used and works perfectly. Get a sheet or sheets that will fit the dimensions of the mirror.
I used Gorilla epoxy because it was light, strong and the first I found at the hardware store.
You'll need pretty strong magnets. the floppy fridge magnets won't cut it.
Dry Erase Markers & Eraser
Step 1: Strip the Back of the Mirror
I got this one because I liked the silver frame. Which reminds me, if you have a nice frame, you'll want to lay on a towel or blanket to keep from scratching it. I ended up with a few scratched on mine, but rather like the distressed look it created in the silver paint. Just a heads up so you don't ruin one you might actually like!
So take off the paper, cardboard and tape, if any. You'll want to get the steel as flat against the glass/back of the mirror as possible. If you've got a fancier type mirror, you might have corner braces as shown above. I left them on mine for two reasons. 1) not sure how much it would compromise the integrity of the frame, and; 2) to keep it from scratching the wall once hung.
Step 2: Glue the Steel to the Mirror
I actually used the cardboard backer of the mirror to make sure everything was getting a relatively equal pressing against the mirror. and making sure my books didn't end up glued to the mirror!
I let the mirror and steel sit over night with the books on to make sure the epoxy was fully cured before removing.