DIY :: Frame Your Bathroom Mirror

12 May

Hi everyone!  I must say I have had a pretty hectic week…but finding the time to write this DIY was very therapeutic for me.  I love sharing ideas, little projects around my home, and hopefully helping you with a inspiration of your own!

We moved into our current home about 4 years and I absolutely looove it.  We’ve owned 2 other homes…and I can honestly say I never felt like those were ‘mine’ for some reason.  The walls were left unpainted and I never took any time to make those homes personal.  They were builder grade…nothing fancy…and it showed.

But the moment we walked into this house…I knew.  It was mine.  I saw beyond the orange-red kitchen and pickled pink cabinets, the laminate flooring that echoed, and the Roman column wallpaper in the master bath.  It needed some work and I couldn’t wait to get started.

I will share alot of before and afters with you soon but first wanted to show you how I framed the bathroom mirror in my children’s bathroom.

I do not have a before-before picture of the gold track lighting and olive green paint on the walls…but you can imagine it.

And I do not have alot of step by step of the actual cutting of the wood, etc because I had no idea I would one day have a blog about design…who knew?

But I will happily answer any questions you have because it was really so simple…and I completed the project entirely on my own.  Doesn’t someone out there have a ‘I made it without my hubby!’ motto?

Here is a picture of the bathroom before the mirror was framed:

framed bathroom mirror

You can see I replaced the gold track lights with fixtures from Lowe’s for about $35 each and painted the walls Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage….in my opinion, the prettiest color on the planet.

Measure the length and width of your mirror.  Then head over to Lowe’s or Home Depot…

I purchased molding (or casing) from Lowe’s…I wanted a thick molding to add some character to the room.

Lowe’s has a cutting station and a very nice gentleman will happily cut the molding for you…just add about 1/2 inch to the length and width to allow for cutting at a 45 degree angle.

lowes cutting station

Using a mitre saw (or an electric saw if you are cool like that) which has angles already there for you…measure your length, your 45 degree angle, mark with a pencil, then place in the mitre box…and start working your arm muscles.

You need to mark which direction your angle will go for each corner.  Do this with all four pieces of molding.

After each piece was cut, I painted and distressed the molding black and let dry overnight.

You will need mirror glue…also from Lowe’s…to attach each piece of molding to the 4 sides of the mirror.

Add some chalk to the corners of the molding, if needed, and touch up with your paint.

And that’s it my friends!

Seriously the best thing to you can do for your bathroom!  I also framed out the mirror in our master bath with much thicker molding and it is gorgeous!

Roll your mouse over the picture to see the before and after:

I also painted the cabinets black in this bathroom and added brushed nickel knobs from Lowe’s…I think they were $1 a piece.

The entire project was less than $100, mainly because I bought new light fixtures, and worth every penny!

Have you ever framed out your bathroom mirrors?  We’d love to see!


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46 Responses to “DIY :: Frame Your Bathroom Mirror”

  1. Ann/Love Nest Pocket May 12, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Love this! I’m planning on doing this with my bathroom as well!

    • Angie & Carrie May 12, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      Send us pics for us to feature on our blog Ann when it is finished! xoxo, Carrie & Angie

  2. Katie May 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Wow, this is probably the easiest tutorial for a framed mirror that I’ve seen yet! Bookmarking it as we’re about to do one for our baby room. And, I totally agree — RH’s Silver Sage is gorgeous!

  3. Angie May 13, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Carrie, This rocks!! My bathroom mirror is getting aged and has black edges. This is just the thing needed to make it look “new” again! xAngie

  4. Kelsey May 13, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I’ve been searching for a new FRAMED mirror for one of our bathrooms! Less than $100?? So worth it because big mirrors are so pricey! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Angie & Carrie May 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      I wanted to remove that mirror too but framed mirrors are ridiculously expensive. Mine would have cost less than $100 but I needed new light fixtures so really the project probably cost $30. xoxo, Carrie

  5. Adrienne May 13, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    That really is beautiful and you make it look easy but I know these things can get complicated. What did you do with the little mirror clips? I think my mirror is glued to the wall but they still have those clips.

    • Angie & Carrie May 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      Hey Adrienne! I promise it was as easy as it looks. I actually removed the clips…the mirror glue used to hold mirrors on walls is super strong (after asking your same question at Lowe’s) and I took the leap of faith…removed the clips and our mirror is holding strong!

  6. Ann May 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    So good! Love the black, too.

  7. Heather {WhipperBerry} May 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    looks fantastic!!

    • Angie & Carrie May 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks Heather! We love you girls at Whipperberry!! xoxo, Carrie & Angie

  8. mary May 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    I love this! I’d like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  9. Cassie At Primitive & Proper May 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    what a difference the frame makes!

  10. Brenda May 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I just told my hubby that we needed to do something about our mirrors. They are too plain and just blah! Thanks for the tutorial. Found you on Inspired by You Wednesday.

    • Angie & Carrie May 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      Thanks so much Brenda! Share your after pictures with us…we’d love to see your mirrors! xoxo, Carrie & Angie

  11. Stephanie May 19, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    What a difference! I so want to do this in my bathroom now!

  12. Chrissie May 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    So beautiful! Your bathroom looks just like mine… except I still need to replace the light fixture and now I HAVE to frame the mirror =) Love it!

    • Angie & Carrie May 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      Totally frame your mirror Chrissie…makes a huge difference!!

  13. Maridith May 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    This is just fabulous. I really want to put framing around my oversized mirror but I have those little hangers that stick out. I wonder if I could notch out that area…then I would need my husbands help. Then it will never get done. Love your makeover.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Fabulous job!!

    • Angie & Carrie May 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Hey Maridith! My mirror had the hangers/clips too…we removed them. :) The guys at Lowe’s told me that builder mirrors are stuck like glue and removed the hangers would be fine. I took the leap of faith and removed them…but you could certainly cut a notch in the back of molding for the clips. Good luck! And share pictures with us when your mirror is finished!!

  14. Just Jaime May 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Looks awesome! I love it.

  15. Shay May 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    What kind of paint did you use on your cabinets? Did you sand them before?

  16. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime May 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi, Carrie! Can you please share your creativity with us again at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  17. Daniel June 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    What did you do about the plastic clips holding the mirror ( i have them at the top of mine) and the metal strip on the bottom of the mirror when it came to the molding? Did you do anything to make up for that space?

  18. Suzanne @ Delightfully Organized July 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I love it. I really really want to do this in all of our bathrooms. Maybe this will be my weekend project.

  19. Jami July 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Love the mirror! I did mine a couple of months ago, but couldn’t decide whether I should paint it black (like I did the cabinets,) or not. Loved seeing what it looks like black…beautiful! So glad you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  20. Kelsey July 21, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    It looks great! I’m a little intimidated by cutting the pieces, but I really want to do this for my half and master baths.

  21. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime July 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m so grateful that you linked up in this week’s Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

    PS: That bathroom looks awesome!

  22. Karima July 22, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Hi saw you on link party, I am now following you via google and facebook, Karima x
    I love the idea with the mirror, it really makes it look better now!

  23. Delaney July 22, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Love this!

  24. Shelly July 23, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    Beautiful results!! I am definitely going to have to review this again! Our hall bath has a HUGE mirror, and I have been wanting to frame it. I thought I was going to use something like this post from Living W/Lindsay and her adventure with Mirror-Mate:
    I guess I am going to have to just take the plunge and mitre those corners! (Fabric I can do….. molding?) Are you going to “UPDATE” to add a picture of your master bath mirror results? Pretty please? And…….. how does the chalk help? THANKS!!!

    • Angie & Carrie July 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      Hey Shelly! You can totally do this! :) I will update my bathroom mirror so you can see…it is a huge mirror too…long as well and the moulding made a huge difference. The chalk just sealed the corners…

  25. Laura Ingalls Gunn July 25, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  26. portia July 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Just beautiful! what did you do about the existing mirror clips? Did you take them off or go right over with molding?

  27. portia July 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    oops! just read your response. Going to definitely do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Kim James March 2, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I want to do this to my mirror, but I’m wondering what to do about the plastic clips on the mirror? Did you remove them or just glue the framing around the mirror with them in place?


    • Angie & Carrie March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      HI Kim! I actually removed the clips. The mirror glue most people use will hold up and the clips are put there initially until the glue sets. I think you would be fine removing the clips. :) My mirror has held up just fine for 4 years! -Carrie

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