We recently updated our guest bathroom and this DIY project made me wonder why I never tried this sooner. Framing out our builder grade mirror was such a cheap & easy way to update the space! It really was as simple as: measure, cut, stain and glue!
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Here’s the before photo of our guest bathroom. The mirror was slapped directly onto the wall with adhesive so to remove it likely meant shattered glass and damaged drywall. Thankfully there were no mirror clips we had to work around so that made it easier for us to build a frame.
Here’s what you’ll need to add a frame around your builder grade mirror:
– 5mm underlayment (this is the same stuff we use for our DIY shiplap, too.)
– Liquid Nails or any strong construction adhesive.
– Miter Saw
– Stain of Choice (I used a combination of Special Walnut & Weathered Oak)
Here’s how easy it is to build a frame around your mirror:
Step 2. Measure length and width of your mirror You should have 4 pieces: top, bottom, right and left. I tried to draw up a diagram below to best explain how we did it. You will measure & cut your frame pieces from edge to edge for both length and width – the pieces should overlap in the corners initially. Then after you cut your 4 pieces of frame, you can make your 45 degree angle cuts so that they’ll line up perfectly. Our builder grade mirror was about an inch or so shy of lining up with the countertop so I made sure we extended the frame enough to make it flush with the backsplash.
Step 3. Stain your frame pieces.
Step 4. Attach your frame to the mirror
Since our mirror was attached directly to the wall with what I am assuming was liquid nails or some other permanent compound, I didn’t dare remove it from the wall. We also didn’t have to bother with any mirror clips. If your mirror has clips holding it in place, you may have to use a thicker wood other than underlayment and route/notch out the areas for the clips in the back.
Lay out your frame pieces like a puzzle to make sure you have everything cut, stained and ready to adhere to the mirror. You will need two people for this part since the frame pieces can slide or move about with only one set of hands. I ran a bead of liquid nails along the backside of each piece (be careful not to get too close to the edge because it can squeeze out when you apply pressure to it). I first attached the bottom piece, then the right, then the left and then the top, you have a few moments to wiggle it around to make sure everything is aligned properly. Once everything is where you want it, hold the pieces in place for a few minutes until it sets up.
I then applied painter’s tape across the mirror, frame and to the wall as an additional form of pressure to hold it in place. I kept the tape in place overnight and removed it the next morning!