How to Frame Your Bathroom Mirror

Welcome to the most recent installment of our Master Bathroom. Last Summer I did a weekly series with the endearing title House {to} Home. However, it seems I am never totally content with each room we’ve renovated/upgraded & continue to make tweaks here and there.

When we moved into this house it was stuck in the 80s (minus the neon).
Check out a little before & after of our Master Bath.

As you can see from my first post on the master bathroom, you can see we re-tiled the floor & shower, painted the vanity, replaced the faucet & lights, and covered the medicine cabinets.

If you’re looking for best quality hollywood mirrors, HD Mirrors sell the best hollywood and illuminated led mirrors available on the market. Okay, now on to what you came to see: adding a frame to your standard bathroom mirror. There have been MANY posts out there with the how to factor of putting this all together, but few give a true step by step, so that is what I’m here to do & I’ll throw in a few tips along the way.
I promise it will be worth the effort!

Doesn’t it give a finished look?

So here is what you need to do to achieve the same:

First, purchase some basic window & door molding (or you can pick some fancier stuff if you so choose). You can pick this particular molding up at Home Depot pretty inexpensively…I was able to buy enough for TWO bathroom mirrors for around $13.00.

Here is what it looks like:

Make sure you measure before you go, to see exactly how much you need. Think about the length of each side of the mirror because you don’t want to have to do a lot of piecing together. I bought 5 pieces each 7 feet long.

Next, I drew our my measurements & did a little math to see how to maximize my molding.

Let me explain: The bottom sticky is my “professional” drawing of the master & guest bathroom mirrors. Each side is labeled & I drew in the angles so I would get all of my cutting correct.
The top sticky is how I chose to maximize each piece of molding. For example, in the first I would cut two 42″ pieces. Then I again drew my “professional” picture to make sure I angled each end correctly.

After measuring each length, I also drew the correct angle on the molding to guide my cutting.

 

Now for a VERY IMPORTANT TIP: 
 
 
As you can see from the pictures above one side of the molding is thick, while the other side is thin. I realized this the HARD WAY. You want to make sure that when you cut your wood, you cut so that the thicker side is on the outside of the mirror for EVERY piece :o). If this doesn’t make sense, maybe this picture will help!
 
Now, it’s time to cut all of your pieces. I used an electric miter saw (thanks Dad!), but if you don’t want to make that kind of commitment a miter box would work just as well. 
 
 
After I cut each piece I labeled them, so when I got to the bathroom I would know what goes where. 
Smart thinking, right?
(Guest Bathroom | 42″ side | Top piece)
 
 

Okay, now for the installation. One hiccup in our mirror situation were these little plastic clips holding everything in place (or so I thought). I went to remove each one & to my surprise the mirrors were also glued to the wall & with all of my jostling proved to be pretty secure. However, I found a great tip at Somewhat Simple for those of you that need to keep the clips, but also want to add a frame.

To attach each piece I used liquid nails as Stephanie suggested over at Somewhat Simple.

I applied pretty generously,

and used tape to hold everything in place.

Now, I started to hit a wall (literally) at this point because one or two of the pieces were bowing & the tape wasn’t holding it down. So I tried a couple of methods. One was putting III’s 25 pound weights up against the bottom corners…this worked pretty well I must admit.

However, you can’t really suspend 25 pound weights to hold down the top pieces. So here is what I did, I can’t believe I’m admitting this, and no it’s not a conventional method, but hey…it worked.

I don’t have a picture {sorry!}. I had bought washers thinking I was going to use Stephanie’s method with the clips, but then I didn’t need them for that purpose. So, knowing I was about to paint the bathroom anyway, I placed my washer around a screw, and screwed it in almost  touching the top corner of my frame. When the washer hit the corner of the frame it pushed it toward the mirror & held it tight. I told you it wasn’t conventional…you’re probably never going to take my DIY advice again, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

After caulking the seams & giving the frame a fresh coat of paint, you have the final product!

 

Doesn’t it look SO much better all framed out? 
I’m contemplating painting the frame again (brown) to match the vanity. 
What do you think? 
I might not be finished updating after all!! 
 
I’ll be back soon to share the stenciled wall opposite this mirror :o) I know we all LOVE stencils!
 
Linking up with these lovely ladies.

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8 thoughts on “How to Frame Your Bathroom Mirror”

  • The mirror in my bathroom cracked yesterday, so I got a new one wanting to replace it. The problem is is that I’m not sure how to properly frame it back into place. That being said, I really appreciate you sharing with me some insight on things I can do in order to frame this new mirror on my own. I’ll make sure I follow your insight and see if I can get this done soon. Thanks a ton for the help.

  • It looks fantastic! What a great DYI! Currently I have two bathrooms under construction at home and have been trying to find some creative designs for my bathroom wall mirrors . I am definitely going to have to give this a shot! Any idea how much the total cost of the project was?

  • Love the relatively simple and inexpensive methods and the great results. What if you want to take down the mirror for any reason? Can’t access the screws in the clips correct? So you would have to break off the trim to access the mirror clips? Thanks.

  • Great step by step instructions! I have a large mirror in the main bath that I've wanted to frame for a while, thought I would use trim moulding, and you just proved to me it's what I will do!
    Visiting you from At the Picket Fence :)

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