You know those builder grade, jumbo sized bathroom mirrors that aren’t exactly high style design, can be fashioned to your taste with a quick modification. When updating a bathroom, one slice of the budget usually goes to a bathroom mirror. Even the budget mirrors at Home Goods can run between $50-$60 for a small-ish mirror. For our latest bathroom renovation, instead of replacing the bathroom mirrors – we updated them. (PS. If you didn’t catch the big ol’ bathroom reveal, head over here first and check out the ahhhh-mazing before and after.) We framed vanity mirrors for less than $40 in wood. So, for the price of one small sized hanging mirror, we framed out two huge bathroom mirrors, in an afternoon. Let me show you how!
Our bathroom has two separate vanities with huge builder grade mirrors. After we painted the vanities and re-glazed the countertops it was clear that we needed to do something to upgrade the mirrors. I actually loved the size of the mirrors, they are proportional to the vanities but buying a replacement of this size would have been pretty pricey. Since our bathroom makeover was pretty budget friendly, we decided to frame the vanity mirrors.
Matt and I knocked out this project in an afternoon and they really came out pretty professional looking. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to frame a builder grade bathroom mirror.
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1×3 boards (to your measurements – we used 4 8ft pine boards)
Dremel (to notch out for mirror clips)
The first step is to measure your vanity mirror length and width. Using your miter saw, cut your wood at a 45-degree angle so the outside portion of your wood piece will be the full length of the mirror (see pic above). Make cuts for all four sides.
Next, sand the wood so it’s nice and smooth, be sure not to sand the angled cuts too much – you want them to fit together flush. Then, paint all the boards white.
(We painted one coat on the back part of the boards so if any reflections appeared in the mirror you wouldn’t see raw wood)
Matt also used the Dremel to notch out a chunk of wood where the mirror clips are (see image above) so that the frame would be flush against the mirror.
Then, we layered out some Liquid Nails all over the back side of the board being careful not to get too close to the edge because you don’t want any of the adhesive to be visible in the reflection or to ooze out of the side.
Immediately, place the board on the mirror. The outer edge of the frame will be at the edge of the mirror.
We put our mirror together like this: top first, left side, bottom, then right side. When putting in the last piece it should fit like a puzzle, nice and tight.
Now you’ll notice there is a small gap where the frame meets in this mitered corner. That’s totally okay! We filled that gap in the next step.
Using a caulk gun, add a layer of caulk to fill the gap.
Matt smoothed the caulk out with his finger, and then wiped off the excess with a paper towel.
Here’s the gap filled. After it dries you can paint over the caulk for a seamless look.
That’s it! That’s how we framed out our bathroom mirror. It’s really an easy DIY project that can easily elevate your bathroom without a lot of money or a lot of effort.