DIY Framed Mirror

DIY Framed Mirror

On Wednesday I took you on a little tour of our master bedroom and awkwardly tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with the space. Though there are a lot of things still up in the air, one project I knew I wanted to complete was framing in the vanity mirror.

I thought it would have a big impact without an overwhelming amount of work, especially on my part since handy hubby did most of it. {Oops, did I just blog that out loud? ;)} Though it wasn’t as “quick” as I thought it would be due to glue and paint drying time, I think it was totally worth it and love the results.

Just in case you forgot, here’s what the vanity looked like before:


It definitely needed something, and when hubby said he had a Saturday afternoon available to do some projects, I set him right to work. Here are the tools he we used to do the job {I helped, I promise!}:

  • Aluminum triangle
  • Spackling
  • Liquid Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Tape measure
  • Wood chisel (if your mirror has clips)
  • Hammer
  • Duct Tape
  • Baseboards
  • Shoe molding (optional)

Oh, and you might also want to have one of these…

Miter Saw

But if you don’t have a compound miter saw handy, a hand saw with a miter box will work just fine.

1. Make your cuts.

Once you measure the outer dimensions of your mirror, you’ll want to use your handy dandy miter saw to cut your baseboard pieces at a 45-degree angle, with the outside edge the same dimensions as the mirror. The inside length of baseboard will be shorter to compensate for the angle cut. When you are finished cutting them to perfection, they’ll look like this:

Cut Baseboards

2. Double check size and mark for clips.

After the pieces are cut, you’ll want to double check to make sure they fit your mirror before you go any further. This would also be the time to deal with your clips. Oh, the clips…


If your mirror was hung without clips, you win! Go get yourself a prize! If your mirror has clips like ours did, however, you will need to mark your baseboard pieces so that you can chisel out a notch for them; otherwise, your frame will not sit flush against the mirror.

3. Chisel, chisel, chisel!

Hubby used a sharp 1/2″ wood chisel to do the job– look at that beautiful chiseling!

Chiseling Collage Small

4. Create your frame.

Now your baseboards should be cut, chiseled, and ready to glue! Use the Liquid Nails to adhere the pieces, and duct tape the corners to hold them together while they dry overnight.


5. Add the shoe molding.

You don’t have to add shoe molding, but we thought it gave our frame a more finished look, so we decided to go for it.

Frame with Shoe Molding

Once you have measured and cut your molding, again using a 45-degree angle, use wood glue to adhere it to your frame. Clamp it {or if you run out of clamps, just start stacking stuff on it like we did ;)}, and allow the glue to dry completely.


6. Paint and hang.

When your wood glue is finished drying, it’s time to paint. I tried to take the easy route and just paint the front of our frame. I soon found out, however, that since the mirror is reflective {duh!}, you will be able to see the the edging of the back of the frame, so be sure to paint both sides.

It’s a waiting game again until your coats of paint are dry, but then you can hang your frame using Liquid Nails.

TIP: Don’t spread the Liquid Nails too close to the inside edge of the frame or, again, you will be able to see it in the mirror’s reflection. Once our mirror was affixed, we used masking tape to help hold it to the wall overnight while the Liquid Nails dried.

Taped to the Wall

7. Admire your work!!!!

In the morning, I nervously pulled off the tape, hoping none of the paint would come with it. It didn’t, I was relieved, and I had a beautiful framed-in mirror that I just loved! Happy dance!


Want to see the before and after? {I’m going to show you either way because I just love a good B&A!}

Before and After

Love! After this post, I was thinking I that I need to rename my blog Just a Girl and Her Blog and Her Hubby and Some Power Tools, but it seems a bit wordy, don’t ya think? In all seriousness, though, I owe a huge THANK YOU to my amazing hubbs for doing most of the grunt work for this project since I am not one of those awesome girls who knows how to work a compound miter saw {yet}.

He is truly the bestest ever, and I couldn’t do the majority of my projects without him. {Ok, the fabric flowers I’ll take total credit for. ;)}

And finally, just because I like to check things off our bedroom to-do list:

  • Gut the bathroom and install new shower, tile, and flooring.
  • Spice up the vanity.
  • Reconcile the window treatment/bedding mismatch.
  • Possibly repaint the accent wall.
  • Accessorize…to what extent?

One down, four to go! Thanks for checking out our transformation!!!

Have you and your hubby partnered up for any DIY projects lately?

Disclaimer: We are not professional carpenters, just homeowners who love to DIY whenever possible! Please be safe and attempt all projects at your own risk.

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  1. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    It looks fantastic! It’s amazing how a few pieces of wood can create a much more updated look. This is on my (ever growing) to do list so I’ll have to pin this so I can easily access your tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Emily! Just read about your 40 bags in 40 days challenge on your blog and LOVE it! I need to do some serious purging around here, too! Thanks for reading!!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Audra @ Renewed Projects says:

    Turned out awesome! I have the same bland mirrors in both bathrooms and have wanted to add frames to give it a more polished look. Great tutorial, especially about the mirrors clamps. Thanks!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Audra! It is a fun update to do! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Gloria @ Simply Gloria says:

    I am so doing this in all my bathrooms! I love your instructions! Using YOUR guide when I do this…very helpful. And not to mention, looks super simple! Thank you for taking the time to share us all the details for doing this! (=

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Gloria! I think you’ll really like your results– I know I feel like our bathroom looks so much more “finished.” Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      ~Abby =)

  4. melissa @ daisymaebelle.com says:

    The mirror looks great! Life to the full, Melissa

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Melissa!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Sam @ Thrive 360 Living says:

    This turned out great! We have a mirror like what you had to begin with. Do you think you can send your husband over to make ours look just as beautiful as your new one :-).

    1. abbylawson says:

      I’ll send him right over! 😉 Really, he should just quit his day job and go around framing in mirrors anyway. Haha. Thanks so much for reading!

      ~Abby =)

  6. It turned out beautiful!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Megan!!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly says:

    it looks great! I have two similar mirrors in my bathroom and I have wanted to frame thwm for a while. I never thought about the how the frame would sit outside the clips, so thank you for the tips 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      You are most welcome, Trine! You should go for it–it’s so worth it! Thanks for visiting the blog!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Katie! I linked up! Heading over to Facebook to “Like” you back! Happy Wednesday!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Aimee - ItsOverflowing says:

    FABULOUS! Awesome improvement! XO, Aimee

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Aimee! We’re loving it!

      ~Abby =)

  9. momhomeguide says:

    Great tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do this for my home’s master bedroom, but have been afraid to tackle this project. Mostly because I have bulky (not flat) clips, and I am not sure how to deal with them!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you! That is a toughie! If you can’t chisel out a space for the clips, the only other thing I could think to do would be to take down the mirror, remove the clips, and glue the mirror directly to the wall. :-/ I wish I knew of some magical, easy solution!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Christine says:

    Oh Abby! The frame changes everything! WOW!! Such a great look!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to see what you link up tomorrow evening! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Christine! I really admire the way you take the time to look at and comment on everyone at your link up! I’ll be there tomorrow night! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Carrie From Carrie This Home says:

    This project looks great! I’m hoping to do this in my master bathroom this summer! I’ve got this pinned for when we’re ready to do the project!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Carrie! Good luck with your project!

      ~Abby =)

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  13. Ruth Corthell says:

    On the Framed Bathroom Mirror, did you you attach it to the wall or the mirror? My mirror goes all the way down to the vanity backsplash. I’m not sure this would look right. What do you think?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Ruth! It is attached to the mirror. Mine goes to the vanity backsplash as well, and I think it works! Good luck if you decide to try it! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  14. Abby, I love this frame around your mirror. I am redoing my powder room and I have a question for you. My sink is a real light pink so I went with that color to go off of. I went out and bought my paint and got a pink for the walls and white for my ceiling. My vanity is wood grain color and the base boards & door is white….What color should the Mirror Frame Be? I thought white but my husband thinks it should match the vanity. What do you think? I also seen you use a frame in your powder room and used fancy corners on the mirror. That was nice too. Please help! Thank so much.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Kathy! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I don’t know that there’s one right answer to your question– it’s really a matter of personal preference! In my master bathroom, the mirror frame matches the vanity (both are black) and in our powder room the vanity is wood grain and the mirror frame is white, so we’ve done both! Before I start a project like this, I usually search on Pinterest or do a Google image search to look at what other people have done. I usually find myself being drawn to one particular “look,” and that’s what I end up going with. I’m sorry this is sort of a roundabout answer, but I hope it helps! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

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  16. Hi Abby….I must say that this is the nicest mirror update I have seen yet! I may have to talk to hubby about this one. We have actually been looking for new mirrors. I did want to ask you if you know where you got your handles for your cabinets? Or possibly what they are called? I really love those, they are so different than the average ones I see everywhere.

  17. Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky says:

    :Looks awesome and great tips. Three of our bathrooms have the plain builder mirror including clips that need updated.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Happy framing! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  18. Just wanted to se if the frame is still holding up, everyone I spoke to said not to use liquid nails on the mirror. Did you apply the liquid nails directly to the mirror?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Mel! Almost two years later, the frame is holding up perfectly! We have had absolutely zero issues with it, and yes, we put liquid nails directly onto the mirror. Thanks so much for checking out my blog! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Catherine says:

        Hey Abby,You gave me the courage to go to Home Depot and purchase what I need and make this beautiful transformation… Love it…Be Blessed…. Catherine

        1. justagirlabby says:

          Yay! Happy framing! 🙂

          ~Abby =)

  19. Heather J says:

    Total transformation! Beautiful!

  20. I have the same saw – but I haven’t used it yet! It has sat on the floor of my craft room for 6 months and reading your post has fired me up to pull it out and get on with some of the projects I have been putting off. I have used one before but under ‘supervision’ – now it’s time to step up the plate, get over my fears and make the most of this big boy

  21. I love that you added the quarter round to the edge! I want to do the same thing to two mirrors with the same counter issues. But if the frame is the same size as the mirror, don’t you see the edge of the mirror along the outside of the frame?

    1. Donnie Lawson says:

      Good question! No, we really don’t see the mirror. You can always make the frame overhang the outside edge of the mirror if you are worried about seeing the glass.

  22. Melanie Aldridge says:

    We are about to embark on this project. Fingers crossed! I had one question. Do you think you’ll still be able to remove your mirror easily? We also have the bulky clips and are worried that taking the mirror down won’t be possible without damaging the frame. What are your thoughts?

    1. Donnie Lawson says:

      I did this project a few years ago so it’s hard to remember but I think the mirror is up there permanently now.

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