Build a Mirror TV!

What's a Mirror TV?

Ever wanted to watch the news while you brushed your teeth? Or check the weather forecast while trying on attire in front of the mirror? This DIY instructable will show you how to construct a mirror with the illusion of having a TV built into it. The wireless device is controlled using infrared remotes; additionally, the signal will not be obstructed, since it uses an ingenious mirror film. This easy home upgrade combines technology with utility, creating a leading-edge, contemporary addition to your home.

Materials to build TV:

  • 1 Acrylic Sheet (Length: Minimum 20 inches. Width: Minimum 12 inches.)
  • 1 Mirror Film (Length: Minimum 22 inches. Width: Minimum 14 inches.)
  • *1 Flat Screen Television
  • Steel Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • 16 oz. spray bottle
  • "No Tears" Baby Shampoo
  • Water
  • Squeegee
  • Premoistened Lens Wipes/Paper Towels
  • Black Matte Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter's Tape
  • Permanent Adhesive (Silicon, Heavy Duty Glue, Epoxy Putty etc.) OR Scotch Heavy Duty/Outdoor Mounting Tape (Holds 20lb)

    *The television may be any size under 20lb as long as it is smaller than the dimensions of the acrylic sheet. Feel free to adjust the size of the acrylic sheet and mirror film as needed.

    Step 1: Making the Solution

    Build a Mirror TV!
    This soap-water solution will allow the film to adhere to the acrylic sheet, act as a lubricant, and remove static cling between the liner of film and the actual film.

    In the spray bottle, mix together 2 cups of purified water, preferably bottled water, and 1/8 teaspoon of baby shampoo, which is roughly equivalent to 3 drops. Mix and shake well.

    Step 2: Measuring and Trimming the Mirror Film

    Build a Mirror TV!

    Take your acrylic sheet and measure its dimensions. Use the steel ruler as a guide and cut the mirror film 1 inch larger than the dimensions of the acrylic sheet. Be very gentle to not crease not the film. Improper handling will cause irrevocable, unsightly creases.

    Step 3: Adhering the Mirror Film

    Build a Mirror TV!
    Build a Mirror TV!
    Build a Mirror TV!
    Build a Mirror TV!
    Build a Mirror TV!

    Peel off the protective layers of the acrylic sheet and clean with a premoistened lens wipe. Spray with solution generously. Spray all edges and corners thoroughly.

    Peel off the protective layer of the mirror film, starting at a corner. As you peel the thin protective layer off, spray the dry adhesive surface of the film. Do not allow the film to touch itself.

    Apply the adhesive surface to the wet acrylic sheet by laying the film down gently. Position the film while the sheet and adhesive side are still wet. You will have extra film protruding from the edges.

    This process is made easier with the assistance of another person.

    Step 4: Squeegeeing the Film

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    Spray the outside of the film with the solution.

    Slide a clean squeegee firmly from left to right to remove air pockets. Remove any large bubbles by pushing them to the nearest edge. Keep the entire surface of the film wet and lubricated during this process. You may need to respray with the solution often.

    Step 5: Trimming the Film

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    Turn the acrylic sheet upside down, so the film is face down on the work surface. Using a craft knife, trim the mirror film along the edges of the sheet. Press the blade close to the plastic edge and run the knife along the side. Repeat on all four sides.

    Once completed, flip sheet over and repeat Step 4 to ensure that you have completely squeegeed the water and air from under the film.

    Allow a substantial amount of time (1-2 days) for the film to completely set. (Check drying time according to the brand of film you use.)

    Step 6: Preparing and Mounting the TV Screen

    Build a Mirror TV!
    Build a Mirror TV!

    Clean the TV screen with a premoistened lens wipe.

    Apply silicon, permanent mounting tape (as pictured), OR other permanent adhesive for plastic on the outer edges of the TV. Be careful not to put too much adhesive near the screen.

    Place the acrylic glass with the film symmetrically on top of the TV. If you are using a wet adhesive, allow it to dry before continuing.

    Step 7: Eliminating the Transparency

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    Build a Mirror TV!
    The parts of the acrylic sheet that are not covered by the black TV screen will be narrowly opaque. To eliminate this slight degree of transparency, you will need to paint the uncovered areas black.

    Apply painter's tape on the edges of the television screen to avoid marring it with paint.

    Paint the acrylic areas with two coats of matte black paint. Allow paint to dry.

    Step 8: Finishing Steps

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    Once the black paint has dried, peel off the painter's tape. Polish the surface of the acrylic glass with a damp paper towel to remove any soapy residue, glue or paint.

    Optional:

    I suspended my mirror from a nail on the windowsill, and a string attached to two screws on the back of the screen, as pictured above.

    To mount the mirror TV, you may purchase adjustable mirror brackets, hollow wall anchors, or other devices and follow the accommodating installation instructions. The following website will link you to a plethora of hanging tools to fit the regulations of your landlord, types of walls, etc. Picture and Mirror Hanging. For precautionary measures, you could purchase an actual TV wall mount and attach the mount to the back of device, as long as it does not interfere with the mirror/screen. Other easy effective methods include using Epoxy putty to permanently hang the mirror on the wall, or outdoor mounting tape that is strong enough to support 20 pounds or greater.

    Step 9: Display and Enjoy!

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    The produced result is an opaque acrylic sheet with a mirror surface that is embellished by the vivid colors of the television. The mirror tv keeps a reflective appearance, even when the light from the television is beaming through. Display in your bathroom for daily use, or elsewhere in your home to make a subject of conversation.

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