Okay, I just had to 'this rocks' it too.
It is AWESOME!
Confused about the frame a bit...did you find a used mirror with a flat surface? What do you mean, built the frame?
I drink TONS of soda, and this would be such a cool project!!
Thanks for your help and ideas.
No problem. The mirror is a standard frameless mirror from Lowe's. It had a bevel on the edges, but that's all they had, in the size we were looking for (it was only $15.00-the most expensive part of the project), and we were hiding the bevel anyway. My DH cut four sides for the frame, and mitered each corner to fit them together. The frame is made from MDF, with a basic moulding secured to the edges. We needed to find a way to recess the mirror into the back of the frame (you could use a router, I think), but he used a dado on a table saw (his words, not mine), to create the indentation on the back for the mirror to sit in. After we had nailed all the tiles to the frame, we used a contact adhesive on the edges of the mirror to hold it into the frame. Then he cut four triangles to secure to each back corner of the mirror just for safety's measure.
I'm sure you could simply glue a mirror to the back of a frame, but we were not sure how well it would hold, and didn't want to take a chance.
I should say, that this was so very experimental on our parts. My DH, who has only a fair amount of experience with these tools, did an awesome job building this frame, far exceeding my expectations. Although the time he spent isn't visible, it turned this project into quite the professional job.
I don't want to go overboard here, but I can give you more details if you like. I've considered doing more of these, but maybe on a smaller scale, with pre-purchased frames, to simplify the project. Maybe others will have easier ideas to simplify the process...? Thanks again for the compiments. I'm smiling ear to ear!