Learn how to make a DIY framed mirror for your bathroom in just a few easy steps!
Our townhouse is the definition of “has good bones, but needs a lot of help cosmetically.” We knew that when we moved in and have been working on transforming the entire house one room at a time. I’m thrilled to say that we’ve finally made it to my little haven, our primary bedroom.
When we first started working on our primary bedroom, one project I knew I wanted to complete was framing in the vanity mirror. It’s a fairly simple project, so I was excited to make a big impact without a huge amount of work.
We started out with just your average, plain, builder-grade mirror:
But I knew we could give it a little facelift with this simple DIY framing project! Here’s how we did it…
How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror Step-by-Step
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1. Gather your supplies.
The first thing we did was make sure we had all of the tools and supplies necessary to frame in the bathroom mirror.
2. Make your cuts on the baseboard pieces.
After we had gathered our supplies, we needed to cut down the baseboards we were using to construct the frame for the mirror.
We measured the outer dimensions of our mirror and used the miter saw to cut our baseboard pieces at a 45-degree angle, with the outside edge the same dimensions as the mirror.
The inside length of baseboard ended up shorter than the length of the mirror to compensate for the angle cut. When we finished cutting our baseboard pieces, they looked like this:
3. Double check the cut boards.
After the framing pieces were cut, we double checked to make sure they fit by physically holding them up against the mirror before we did anything else. We didn’t want to make it further along in the process, only to realize that we had the wrong sizing for our frame!
4. Make notches for the mirror clips (if applicable).
At this point, we also had to adjust our framing pieces for the mirror clips. Oh, the clips…
If your mirror was hung without clips, you win! Go get yourself a prize! 😉
Since our mirror did, in fact, have clips, we had to mark our baseboard pieces at the spot where the clips hit. Then we were able to chisel out a notch for the clips so that our frame would sit flush against the mirror.
Donnie used a sharp 1/2″ wood chisel to create the notches– it only took a few minutes!
5. Assemble the frame for the mirror.
Now that our baseboards were cut and chiseled, they were ready to glue! We used Liquid Nails to adhere the framing pieces together. Then we duct taped the corners to hold them in place while they dried overnight.
6. Add shoe molding, if desired.
You don’t have to add shoe molding if you prefer a flatter face for your mirror frame. We wanted to add some dimension and thought it gave our frame a more finished look, so we decided to add the layer of shoe molding to the base of the frame.
Once we measured and cut our molding, again using a 45-degree angle, we used wood glue to adhere the molding to the frame.
We then clamped the molding to the baseboard pieces to ensure that they would adhere. (If you run out of clamps, you can just start stacking stuff on the pieces like we did. 😉 )
We were sure to allow the glue to dry completely before we did anything else to the frame.
7. Paint and hang the DIY mirror frame.
When the wood glue had finished drying, it was time to paint. I tried to take the easy route and just paint the front of our frame. But I soon found out that since the mirror is reflective (duh!), we could see the the edging of the back of the frame, so we needed to paint both sides.
Once our coats of paint were completely dry, we hung the frame on the mirror using Liquid Nails.
Liquid nails tips
- 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.
8. Enjoy your newly framed Bathroom Mirror!
In the morning, I nervously pulled off the masking 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!
Just because it’s my favorite part of any transformation, let’s take a look at the before and after!
Love! I’m always amazed at how such a simple project can end up making a big difference in the space. If you have a builder grade bathroom mirror that could use a little pick-me-up, this is a great project to try! (You can learn more about how we transformed the bottom part of the vanity here.) We hope this tutorial will be helpful for you!
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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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