Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Framed Bathroom Mirrors

When we moved in, our master bathroom had two Plain Jane, builder's grade mirrors.  They were nice, but I was never enthused by them.

After reading numerous blog tutorials on how to frame ordinary bathroom mirrors, I knew that I had to give it a shot!  Empowered, I gathered my measurements, drove to Lowe's, and bought enough molding for both mirrors.  I returned home and turned to my newest love, my miter saw, and positioned it to cut at a 45 degree angle in one direction.


I then double checked the measures of the mirrors and marked the lengths on each piece of trim.


Then placed it on the saw and was ready to cut.


The trickiest part was just remembering whether to cut on the left side of 45 degrees or the right side.  Once I had that figured out, it was a piece of cake.


Once the molding was cut, I primed and painted each piece to match the trim in the bathroom.


Once the molding was dry, I used my caulk gun and a tube of Liquid Nails and applied the adhesive liberally to the back of each piece of molding.


In hindsight, it was better to spread the adhesive in several parallel lines instead of the squiggle pattern below.  The adhesive from each switchback tended to seep from under the molding and was generally a pain to clean.


I held each piece of molding firmly to the mirror for a good 20 seconds.  By then, it had adhered just enough to stick the mirror as I worked with the others; it also was just loose enough to be fiddled around with if the angles weren't quite right.


When the frames were in place, I puttied the seams with a little painter's caulk and later touched up the frames with another coat of paint.  That's it!  


What a simple, easy, and terrific change!



Our guest bathroom has a builder's grade mirror, as well.  I will definitely be framing that one, too!


Hope you like them!




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25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful job! I love the character they add to the bathroom. Found you through lil pink pocket - hope you'll stop by for a visit!

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  2. Both your bathroom and the framed mirrors are lovely. Nice job and tutorial! Very charming! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! Your participation is apppreciated!

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  3. Wow...that make a HUGE difference! I don't know why builders don't just do that! It's such an easy update and really makes the bathroom feel so much more sophisticated...

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  4. Looks great! I love the stain you did on your cabinets as well ;)

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  5. That is a huge improvement--love it!

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  6. I was wondering how did your moulding fit over those mirror holder thingys? I too have a rather large mirror that Id love to finish like this but it has those plastic mirror holder thingys and i wasnt sure how the moulding would sit over them? Please do let me know. thanks Deidre http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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    1. Deidre, thank you so much for asking that! I completely forgot to mention it in my post. Fortunately, the clips on my mirrors were thin enough that I could just attach the molding directly over them. If you have those larger, pesky plastic clips, I've seen tutorials where someone has replaced the clip with a thin washer (http://www.somewhatsimple.com/how-to-frame-your-bathroom-mirror-over-plastic-clips/). Hope that helps!

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  7. Just saw your framed mirrors over at DIY Home Sweet Home. They look AWESOMWE! I can't wait to do that to my bathroom mirrors!

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  8. I came from A-Z maybe? Or TT&J? I forget, but do you have some details on the moulding you got? I've browsed the home improvement stores to pick some up, but never went home with anything :( Looks great!

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    1. Hi! I believe that the molding that I bought from Lowe's was called EverTrue 2-1/4"W x 7'L Stain Grade Radiata Pine Casing. I wanted something that was streamlined, simple, and inexpensive, and this one worked great. Hope that helps!

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  9. Wow! The molding makes a huge difference! I've been planning on doing this for my mom's house. :)

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  10. Love the color of the wall! What color is that? Awesome DIY!

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    1. Thank you, Kristel! The color is Olympic's "Alpine Valley" from Lowe's. It's so bright and cheery. I love it!

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  11. It looks so good.I can't wait to do this project.

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  12. Kirsten - you're off the hook impressive! Nice job!

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  13. It makes an elegant statement. Well done, love it so much Hugs and happy weekend wishes. P.S. Happy St Pattys Day

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  14. LOOOOOOOOVE it, great instructions and tutorial, so I'm featuring it today on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays! Thanks for linking up.

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  15. I'm so glad I found this blog! I also have the same paint colors in my condo, which I have been trying to find online and this site makes it easier for me to picture what it'll look like! Thanks for sharing the ideas, I will definitely put them to use!

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  16. Im so lucky today seeing your blog. I learned a lot.

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  17. i love the way that you have done to your mirror by putting some frames in it..i love the idea..glad that i have found your site its pretty helpful and informative..

    sydney mirrors

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  18. Although, lighting has nothing do with choosing a bathroom mirror, it still is important to impart some pointers on lighting. The lighting in your bathroom can make or break your reflection.

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  19. Speaking of lighting where did you get these lights. I'm in love with them!

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  20. One of the best ways to make sure you get what you want is to think about how much time you have to devote to the upkeep of your home. Let’s face it. It’s much simpler to clean a mirror without a frame than it is to regularly polish a luxurious metal.

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  21. Nice Blogs ! I am very amazed .. Such a nice idea for the Frame to have a new style for the mirror tv screen I know it will be great ! Keep it up .. I Enjoyed reading your blogs . Have a Great Day .. Cheers! :)

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  22. The Framed Bathroom Mirrors ideas are really perfect to make any DIY Project. I appreciate your hard effort. Keep posting like this post.

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