While working on my bathroom makeover this week, I decided to try to frame my bathroom mirror. I was pretty nervous about doing this because it seemed pretty challenging but it was actually very easy and only cost $17!! Before, it was just a plain, builders grade mirror secured to the wall with plastic hooks. It is still secured with hooks but looks so much better and really completes the bathroom!
My original plan was to just buy a new framed mirror for the bathroom but, with a budget of $100 for the ENTIRE bathroom makeover, that was not happening. New framed mirrors in the size I need for this bathroom cost $75 or more.
So I got creative and made my own. I took several different ideas that I found on Pinterest and then made a plan that was cheap and easy but would still give me the mirror that I wanted.
Prep & Shopping
Before we started, we measured the mirror so that we would know how much wood to buy for the frame. The frame was going to sit on the edges of our 3′ x 3′ mirror so we needed 12 feet of wood.
We used plain door trim and got two 7 foot pieces from Home Depot for around $6 each. There are so many different trim options to choose from so you can have any design and style that you want!. We also bought a container of Loctite Mirror, Marble and Granite. Be sure you buy Loctite or Liquid Nails that specifically says it works on mirrors because most of them don’t.
You will also need a saw and miter box or if you are completely sure on your measurements, you can most likely have the wood cut at the store for free.
Measure & Cut Wood Trim
Double check the measurements of the mirror and then cut the trim into the sizes that you need, making sure to cut the ends at 45° angles going the opposite directions.
Mark where your mirror hooks are on the wood and cut out a section on the back of the trim for the clips. We used a handy Dremel tool for this (I think that is Hubby’s favorite tool right now because he seems to be using it for everything!) but you can also use a chisel and hammer.
Then we used a staple gun to hold the frame together so there were no gaps on the corners when we finished. This doesn’t have to be done though. You can leave the wood separated and glue each section on one at a time. We debated on which way to go but ended up stapling the frame together.
Paint the trim whatever color you want. We painted ours dark brown to match the rest of the bathroom décor, which is blue and brown. Be sure to paint the backside of the frame too because the mirror will reflect and you will be able to see if it’s unpainted. We had to do 2 coats of paint on our mirror.
Glue & Wait
After your paint is dry, its time to attach the frame!
Put a generous amount of Liquid Nails or Loctite on the backside of the frame. Be sure not to get too close to the edges or the glue will ooze onto the mirror while its drying.
Carefully place the frame on the mirror in the spot that you want it.
Then put clamps or heavy objects on the frame so there is pressure on it while drying. We just used camp chairs and let it sit for about 4 hours.
Hang Up The Mirror!
Now you are ready to hang your new, awesome, pretty mirror! Just hang it back up like normal, sliding the hooks over the glass and tighten down the screws. Touch up any paint spots if you need to and you’re done!
Total Cost & Materials:
- Two 7 foot sections of door trim= $12
- Loctite Mirrors, Marble & Granite= $5
- Paint for trim- FREE, used left over paint from our laundry room makeover.
TOTAL SPENT= $17
- Back saw & miter box
- Staple gun
Total Time Spent: 1 hour plus drying time for paint and glue
When we were planning on how to make our mirror frame, we were a little worried about the hooks. We thought they would be covered and if we ever needed to remove the mirror then we’d have to rip apart the frame. But, luckily, the screws for the hooks lay right below and above the frame so the mirror can easily be removed or adjusted. The hooks are clear so they aren’t very noticeable either.
I love my new mirror frame and I can’t wait to do this to the mirror in my master bathroom!
Have you ever framed a mirror? What home projects have you worked on recently?