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Bathroom Mirror Frame Tutorial; Guest Post

06 May 2010

 Did you notice my call for projects yesterday? Katie from Impatiently Praying for Patience did, thank heaven!  So she sent this tutorial over and I think she did a perfect job.  And now you can do it too, because the tutorial is awesome, check out how she did it:

Just like I promised here is the tutorial on how to make a custom looking frame around your bigger then life mirror your builder put up in the bathroom.

Are you ready for probably a more detailed tutorial then you ever thought you would need and more pictures then you care to see? 

Well here goes.

Now we are not professional...by any means. I have never used a miter box nor have I even sawed anything myself before this weekend. So, if my mom and I can do this in a weekend. You can do it too.

After you have measured your mirror to know how much trim you will need go to home depot or lowes or where ever your little heart desires to get your trim.

Pick out the trim that you think would make the best frame for you.

Mom wanted a fairly thick frame since it is such a big mirror so the mirror wouldn't swallow the frame.

So she picked out two trims to pair together.  The thicker one is usually used for a chair rail and the smaller one is usually used for details with making wainscoting. 

You can piece together a bunch of different trims to your liking.

There really is an endless amount of combinations you could make.

The pieces come in 16 feet long pieces (at least at Home Depot they do). But, you can cut down the piece to the length you need at the store.

Be a little generous with yourself on the length in case make a boo boo.

If you are so blessed to have a big and long car to put the Loooooong pieces of wood in then that will be perfect.

If you are not so lucky. Your car will look like this.

Then say a little prayer that no one runs in the back of you.

The nice people at Home dDpot helped us put the wood in securely. 

I just need to say that mom and I were all dressed up from going to a bridesmaids luncheon and sportin’ our high heels in the trim section of Home Depot. 

See... told you we weren't professional.

We also got some Caulk, spray paint, liquid nails and pro caulk helpers (I don't know what you are suppose to call them but they help you put the caulk on smoothly).

Then Home Depot worker said that he likes the spray paint above better then the 2 coat one by rustoleum. I personally like the one that says 2 coat on it.

Once you are home measure the length of the frame again.

I have always heard that you measure twice and cut once. 

Then measure the wood that you will want to be your outer piece.

Mark the wood measurement on the outer edge of the wood. This will be the longest part of the wood.

Then cut a 45 degree angle cut using the miter board and saw. 
Use the mark you made as the outer part of the cut then cut inward.

Cut the 45 degree cut going the other direction at the other end.

Continue measuring and cutting all four sides.
Take to mirror to make sure it fits together.

Do NOT Worry if it doesn’t fit perfectly. Caulk is a wonderful tool that makes you look like you are a professional woodworker.

After cutting all the wood we spray painted it in the garage. This is a personal preference. If you want to paint the frame go on and get ready to glue it to the mirror.

To glue it onto the mirror we used Liquid Nails that is for mirrors.

Keep the glue in the middle of the wood. For when you place it on the mirror you don’t want to see the glue in the reflection of the mirror after all your hard work.

Once we glued the outside piece of trim we moved onto the inside piece of trim.

Measure the wood and then cut the pieces like you did the other.

Once the wood is cut and you are ready to paint, paint the back of the trim too. You will see a little of the back from the reflection of the mirror. Just like the glue.

Put your wood up on the mirror.

Then get your caulk out. We bought paintable caulk. 

This is the best stuff ever invented. It can completely covers up your mistakes.

After the caulk dried we painted it.

Then we stood back look at our master piece, declared it was good and then did the happy dance.

 Here is the before again.

And the after!

It is really easy. I know there are a lot of steps, but I got a lot of comments and emails from people wanting to know exactly how to do it.

That is so perfect!  Thanks Katie!  
I think you and your Mom did this project perfectly, 
thanks for showing us how it is done!


Shabbyrosetreasure May 6, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

I love this! Of course I would have painted it white! Great job and EXCELLENT turtorial!

Laney May 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

Awesome! We are in the planning stages of a bathroom remodel. I had already decided that I wanted to do just what you posted here, and now I have the know how!:-)

Jessica @ budgetsavvybride May 6, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

Could you share the total cost of this project? I've seen products sold that do this for you, basically, and I was trying to figure out how much it would cost to DIY? Yours turned out fabulously!! :)

BellaLovesPink May 6, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

THis is SO great! I've seen the mirror frame you can order on-line, but this is very easy and MUCH less expensive! I've doing this for both our bathrooms! Thanks!!

Carol May 6, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

Nice job on the mirror update. I have a question. We have a mirror that is about this size in the Master bath. It is secured to the wall with those plastic mirror clips.

Does the wood framing fit over the clips?

Thanks in advance.


Anonymous,  June 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

I love it! I had the same thought to use crown molding trim, after pricing a frame at one of the big craft stores (about $415 for one bathroom!). I'm so glad to see that you did this without any miter saw experience. I can't wait to try it myself!!

Jenna September 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

Thanks for the tutorial!! I followed your tute:


I swear, it makes my mirror look bigger! Love it!! Thanks so much!!

**** April **** September 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

I absolute adore this... I have the same question as another respondent: Did this mirror have those ugly plastic clips? If so, how did you cover them? I have a GIGANTIC mirror to cover in my master bath so I was actually going to have the entire thing removed and cut down into two pieces and have each framed but if there was a way to cover those little plastic clips, I certainly would do that over having to hire professionals to remove the mirror.

JustinandErin October 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM  

I love this! Where did you find the cotton pad jar/candle holder! Great idea!

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