Sunday, October 9, 2011

How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror

Hi there!  I promised that I'd share how my hubs and I framed out the bathroom mirror.  I love, love, love it!  It just gives a pop to the space and helps tone down the builder grade look.

I first got this idea from Shelley over at the House of Smiths.  She comes up with some of the best ideas!  I wish her house was mine!  I have a feeling my 3 boys would have that beautiful furniture of hers stained and dis.gust.ing pretty fast though.

Anyway,  we had to alter what she did because our mirror was hung a bit differently, but it still turned out beautifully.

Can you see that silver strip at the bottom of the mirror right above the tile?  We had to figure out how to put a frame over the top.


My husband ended up using his Dremmel tool to carve out/sand down a groove along the edge of the molding so it would lay flat.  I did have pictures of this but had to replace my camera mid project.  Sorry.

I just used your standard trim pieces for doors and windows.  I did get something fairly thick since I love me some chunky molding!  I just picked a composite material and all of the pieces cost me about $10.  Each piece was cut on a 45 degree angle.  We made sure everything fit well before the painting began.

  I had the black paint left over from painting the bathroom cabinets.


We used liquid nails to adhere the molding to the mirror.  We didn't use much because we didn't want it mushing out and possibly being seen in the mirror underneath the frame.  I know I'm using really technical language here.;)


We used a really thick masking tape to hold the frame in place and tight to the mirror until things dried completely which took about 24 hours.


I filled in the cracks at the corners with some caulk.  Finally, I just did a little touch up painting.

This is the finished project.  Bye bye plain old mirror!

 It wasn't a hard project but it did take awhile to complete because of the multiple steps involved.  

As you can tell from the reflection in the mirror, I've GOT to do something with the pretty gold around my mirrored closet doors.  Plus, keeping these things clean is impossible with all the dogs and kids running around here.  However, I really don't want to spend the money on replacing them.  Uugh!  Suggestions are welcome.

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51 comments:

  1. Oh, wow. Great tutorial and the finished product looks AMAZING! Thanks!

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  2. Love this. I have two mirrors in my home that I am wanting to do this to. Your tutorial makes it look easy enough. How about painting the gold around your mirror?

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  3. What a great idea! We also have builder standard mirror that could do with some framing! Thank you for sharing this. God bless x

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  4. I love it! I have a mirror just like this in our master bathroom that I'm planning to frame out. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. YES! I have plans for this in my bathroom but didn't get to it yet. Mine has the funky little plastic clips holding it on. I guess I will have to notch out some of the back of the frame to accomodate them. Yours looks fab! andrea@townandprairie

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  6. Love how you finished out the mirror! Love the cabinet color as well...planning on painting my bathroom cabinets someday and really like that look! I'm a new follower, found you via Johnnie's Junk!

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  7. Love this! We are working on redoing our guest bathroom right now. I wanted to get a frame for my mirror but didn't want to spend a lot on it.

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  8. I just love the idea of a framed mirror in the bathroom! Y'all did such a good job!

    I'm a new follower...my husband and I just bought our first house and are in the progress of a million DIY projects!

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  9. Thanks everyone, this was one of those projects that had huge payoff for very little work involved. The best kind!

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  10. I've been wanting to do this for the longest time. You got me moving!

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  11. Oh I can't wait to this to my mirrors throughout the house. Your mirror came out great. Thanks so much for the motivation!!!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  12. Love it. I am becoming a follower because would love to do this project when we move into our new house. Thank you.

    melissa
    http://redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  13. Heather, I just saw your post on Wow Us Wednesday. What a great tutorial! I really want to do this to the mirrors in the kids' bathrooms. Thanks for sharing! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow back! Blessings to you!

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  14. so lovely and refreshing!

    found you via TCB and would love to have you visit. my giveaway ends soon but hope you can enter:

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  15. That before and after is remarkable! Gorgeous. I wish you lived next door to me. I'd be visiting all the time.

    From TT&J link party.

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  16. Looks so much better. A good update. How about spray paint for the gold trim?

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  17. Why don't you "frost" stencil your closet mirrors? You can pounce on the liquid with a sponge pouncer so it doesn't get under the stencil. It won't eliminate all the fingerprints, but it will make them less visible.

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  18. Hi, Heather! I pinned this on Pinterest. Btw, you've got tons of creativity and I'm admiring them all :) Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  19. I have been planning to do this in our guest/kids bathroom since we moved in a year ago. You have just given me the inspiration to quit procrastinating!! lol As for your mirrored doors...how about this etching I am seeing everywhere? I bet they would look phenomenal with a stencil etched on them...a pattern or monogram ;) Anyway if I had a set of mirrored doors I think that's what I would try. I love your blog and am your newest follower!

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  20. Heather...you can spray paint your metal trim, or paint it with most any kind of paint as long as you use a primer that says it is a BONDING primer that will adhere to most surfaces. Good luck!

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  21. Love this! I really want to try it in my bathroom mirror but it has the silver strop and an electric outlet on the mirror. Any suggestions?

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  22. Love this! I really want to try it in my bathroom mirror but it has the silver strop and an electric outlet on the mirror. Any suggestions?

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    1. The only thing I can think of is chiseling out the back of your molding where the silver strop and electric outlet would go. That's what we had to do with a Dremmel. Also, maybe with the outlet you could get a really wide piece of trim (at least as wide as your outlet cover and then do spacers to put the outlet cover on the outside of the frame. Does that make sense?

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