We have been in our house for 2.5 years and our upstairs bathroom was one of the first things I wanted to remodel, and here we are finally finished. I think I’ve mentioned before that this house was a kind of flip for us, one that we could live in and enjoy during the process. This is both amazing and sad for a blogger. It has provided me with wonderful content, a full kitchen remodel, a new baby, and memories beyond my imagination. But on the other side of things I have poured my blood, sweat and tears into this house slowly turning it into a home, and to just walk away from it one day will be difficult. Well I’m digressing, today isn’t about a trip down memory lane, but hopefully to teach you how to Frame a Bathroom Mirror.
I think the thing I got the most comments about was our bathroom mirror. It’s a HUGE mirror, 60″ to be exact, and to buy a replacement that size was simply out of our budget. Sometimes I am reminded by my loving husband that this was an investment house and while I have been bringing my own style into this home, we still can’t over improve or spend unnecessary funds when we know we won’t be in this house forever.
Gosh, I just can’t seem to stay on point today. Must be the coffee I’m drinking as I type this up!
Ok, but really. This is a fairly simple project that consists of drying time more than anything else.
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- 1×4’s (Number depending on the size of your mirror)
- Miter Saw or Miter Saw Box & Hand Saw
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Wood Glue
How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror
Take Measurements. Cut the Wood
First you have to determine how big to build your frame. This frame is built with mitered corners, meaning cut at a 45 degree angle to create a 90 degree angle when paired with another board. I wanted mine to fit exactly over our current mirror since it was already the width of the vanity. Our mirror was 60″ wide, so this was my measurement for the long side of my horizontal boards. The mirror height was 36″ so this was the long side of my vertical boards. You’ll see in the picture below. So when making your 45 degree cuts, you need to make sure your longest side is the correct measurement, not the shorter side.
One you have all your pieces cut, it’s time to attach them. There are a few different ways to do this, but I wanted to share with you the quickest and least messy way! You’re welcome! ; )
Glue and Staple the Boards
Flip all the boards over so the back is facing up. Add wood glue to one of the mitered edges and line up your joint. While holding it in place, staple your board together directly over the seam. Let the glue dry for a bit before moving it.
Finish Your Wood.
I’ve actually got a tutorial for this coming very soon, but you can essentially finish it anyway imaginable :) Here’s how mine looked for reference.
Add Decorative Braces
Now it’s time to add those “L” shaped braces. First I spray painted mine with some Black Hammered Paint, but again, whatever fits your style. Then just attach the braces on the front of the frame and it’s ready to go!
Hang the Mirror
To hang the mirror I actually used command strips. I’m always changing my mind and this method isn’t permanent so it worked out great for us, but the sturdiest way to do this would be gluing it directly to the mirror, after you make sure your mirror is secure of course! TIP: If your mirror is like mine and had those ugly plastic clips, replace those for some washers and it allows you to get the frame pretty much flush with the mirror!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror!
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