Bathroom mirrors are often overlooked, but they can have just as big of an impact on a bathroom’s design as the tub or vanity. Even if you don’t think your mirror needs a makeover, take a look at your space and see it with fresh eyes. Does the style of your frame match the rest of your décor? Does it complement other finishes in the space such as faucet fixtures or cabinetry hardware? Are there any chips or cracks that detract from the look? If you answered no to any of these questions, then maybe it’s time to give this humble piece of decor some love by adding a custom frame! Whether you choose something more formal like oak molding or go for something more casual like PVC trim, I’ve laid out all the steps for how to get started below.
Mark the points where you want to hang the frame.
Mark the points where you want to hang the frame.
To do this, mark two points on each side of your bathroom mirror’s top edge and another point at its midpoint.
Hang the frame.
Attach hooks or screws to each marked point on your mirror’s top edge, then screw in hooks or secure screws into each marked point on your wall. Hang up your new framed bathroom mirror
Nail on a piece of 1/2-inch by 2-inch trim to the top, which will serve as the header for your frame.
- Nail on a piece of 1/2-inch by 2-inch trim to the top, which will serve as the header for your frame.
- Mark the frame where you want it to be placed, making sure that at least 3 inches of each side extends beyond the mirror’s borders (the length of this part will vary based on how far you want your finished frame to stick out from the wall).
- Cut pieces of molding using a miter saw or a handsaw and nail them onto your header piece with finishing nails. If you are using multiple sizes and shapes (this is recommended), make sure they are evenly spaced and staggered so there aren’t any gaps between them and they look balanced visually; also make sure none runs past where it needs to stop so that when hanging up your completed project in its final position later on, nothing gets trapped behind anything else
Cut a piece of trim for each side of the header and nail it in.
- Cut a piece of trim for each side.
- Make sure the trim is the right length. The sides and top of your bathroom mirror will be covered by this trim, so it should extend past the edge of the frame by 1/2″.
- Nail it in place with nails every 6 inches or so, making sure that everything is level as you go along.
- Measure, mark and cut out each piece of trim for your bathroom mirror using a jigsaw (you can use an electric one if you have one available), then apply wood putty or caulk to fill any gaps or nail holes from where they were attached to keep them from being visible after painting has been completed later on down this project’s road
Cut and add pieces of trim to the bottom and use caulk or wood putty to fill in any spaces between pieces.
- Cut the wood pieces to size and sand them down
- Fill in any gaps between trim pieces with caulk or wood putty
- Sand smooth and stain or paint
Measure the distance between joints in the vertical boards and cut lengths of molding that will give you that same spacing. Nail them in place, using a level to make sure they are straight.
- Measure the distance between joints in the vertical boards and cut lengths of molding that will give you that same spacing. Nail them in place, using a level to make sure they are straight.
- Use wood putty to fill in any gaps or nail holes. Sand down smooth.
Use wood putty to fill in any gaps or nail holes, then sand down smooth with 120-grit sandpaper before staining or painting your frame.
Use wood putty to fill in any gaps or nail holes, then sand down smooth with 120-grit sandpaper before staining or painting your frame. You can also use caulk, but it may not be as durable as wood putty. If you use caulk to fill the joints between pieces of molding, make sure that they are perfectly straight and level before applying the caulk; otherwise, it will not look right when painted. Cut lengths of molding at an angle so that they form a 90 degree angle when joined together (the top piece should be longer than the bottom piece). Make sure that all edges are flush with one another so there are no spaces where paint could get trapped underneath during application.
You can turn an ordinary mirror into something special with a bit of wood molding, some craft paint and sealer.
- Use wood molding to make a frame for your mirror. You can find a variety of wooden moldings at most home improvement stores.
- Paint the molding to match the room’s color scheme if desired. If you want an antique look, apply some antique-style paint (available at craft stores).
- If necessary, fill in any gaps with wood putty and sand it down after it dries completely (24 hours). Then paint it with your choice of color or stain finish while waiting for the putty to dry.
- Use pieces of larger molding around each side edge if desired; this will help keep the frame from bowing outward over time due to stress on its edges caused by humidity changes in bathroom environments that cause seasonal wooden expansion/contraction cycles like those found in homes where water is constantly running through pipes throughout all four seasons–especially during cold winter months when heaters are used frequently throughout days spent indoors tending crops indoors reaping profits from sales made outside doing work outdoors harvesting crops growing rapidly under ideal conditions brought about by climate change which has been occurring since before humans started farming around 10 000 BC when we first domesticated wild animals so they could be eaten without having
As you can see, making a frame for your mirror is not very difficult. The hardest part may be finding something in the right size, but with a little patience you will have something that looks great and is completely unique.