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Framing a Bathroom Mirror

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My BFF Kerry, and I just finished framing her bathroom mirror.  It’s definitely one of  my favorite DIY project so far!   I have seen moulding put on builder grade mirrors before, but we took this one a little farther.  What a difference it made in that room! 

Here’s a tutorial on how we did it:  (The total cost of the project and the supplies we used are listed at the bottom of the page.)

First, we measured and miter cut the trim (measure TWICE and cut once!) then taped it into place to check out the fit.  There’s nothing like miter cuts coming together perfectly!  A hand miter box would have worked fine, but I used an electric saw for this project.  (Don’t forget to get your level out and check that each piece is straight (level).

Test fitting

The mirror is attached to the wall with clips, which would not allow the trim to lay flat against the mirror.  Not wanting to remove the clips and adhere the mirror directly to the wall, we marked the back of the trim where the clips would be and chiseled out a piece of wood.  This was done (carefully) by scoring the wood with a utility knife and then using a chisel and hammer to tap out the pieces of wood.  It worked great!

This is what the back of the trim looked like.

Next, we glued the back of the trim and put it directly on the mirror.  The frame alone looked good, so we could have stopped there.  But why? ;   )

Used two rows of tile all the way around.

Tiling went surprisingly fast.  Kerry put a line of glue on the mirror and I peeled off each tile to give to her.  We glued them side by side so no grouting was necessary.)  This time I didn’t count how  many tiles we put on the mirror by hand, one by one by one.  I didn’t want to know!

Almost done!

Once the tiles were dry (we waited impatiently over the weekend), the small trim piece of moulding was measured, miter cut and glued to the mirror.  I don’t have a “before” picture of the moulding, but it’s just a thin decorative moulding from HomeDepot.  It finishes off the tile perfectly!  (FYI, Kerry had the outer moulding and the inner moulding painted before we started the project.)

My pictures don’t do the mirror justice. It looks amazing!

A mirror like this would cost hundreds of dollars in a store!

Here is the breakdown of what was spent:  Total $51.91

 Household Goop Tube  $4.57
1/2 inch mosaic tile 8 at $2.94 (23.52)
8 ft., 1/2″ molding trim 2 at $3.98 (7.96)
8 ft., 1 1/4″ molding trim 2 at $7.93 (15.86)

The home improvement stores have so many beautiful tiles.  The design possibilities are countless.  (Yes, my mind is spinning!)  I loved this project so much, I’m going to put all my ugly builders mirrors BACK up!  I hope you enjoyed.


29 responses »

  1. I had a frame made to use in my master bathroon. The corner screws/caps that hold the mirror to the wall were just far enough from the edges that the frame is glued to the mirror. I am thrilled.

    Your design is just great and the tiles make it pop.


  2. Such a fun project especially doing it with you! We may just have the start to a business! 😉 Thank you for your motivation and help with this bathroom redo. I am so happy with how everything turned out.

  3. When you were trying to describe it to me, I just wasn’t getting it! This looks amazing! and when are you coming to my house again??? lol

  4. I love all of your projects, but THIS one I am going to do! AWESOME!

  5. This looks awesome. You may as well start thinking about how much you will charge for this project. People are going to start asking — like me. 😉

    • Thanks Cathy! Funny you say that… Kerry and I had so much fun doing the mirror we joked about finally knowing what we wanted to do when we grow up! ha!

  6. I love this so much! It looks great!
    Where did you get the decorative tree with the owls? That’s so cute!!

  7. What kind of glue did you use to glue the trim on?

  8. INCREDIBLE!!! I L.O.V.E. it!

  9. Laurie, (what a great name btw lol), How about framing my medicine cabinet mirror, this is a rental, and I cannot dump cash into buying a brand new one, but need to spruce up the mirror since redoing the bathroom walls and such, wondering if you have any ideas to apply to my issue. Bathroom looks nice, but the dud mirror just throws it all off. HELP ME PLZ….

    • What about putting together a wood frame, maybe using 1 x 4’s. Attach the frame to the wall around the mirror, then adding the tile. I’m suggesting you attach to frame to the wall before adding the tiles because I think it would be easier screwing the frame to the wall instead of figuring out how to attach it after the tiles are on. It would cost next to nothing to create. Tiles are pretty inexpensive. I hope that helps! (And yes, great name! ha!)

      • yes,,,, yes, putting together a frame using wood, painted and wiped off, (similar to the pottery barn project ive seen) different hieghts, and sizes, (if it doesnt look acceptable I can tile said wood) just have to do another coat upon walls before install around medicine cabinet. Thanks for the idea and inspiration to remedy my problem. love that I have connected with yet another
        “like mind”,,,,,,,, turkey day had me on delay for a bit, but back to projects this week.

      • Good luck on your project! 😀

  10. I’ve been looking for ideas for my mirror and this one is AWESOME! Thanks for a beautiful idea!!!

  11. Does the frame edge (next to the toliet) have to be caulked so the mirror edge can’t be seen?

  12. I did this in my bathroom and it turned out perfect! Thanks so much for the idea and great instructions.

  13. Love this idea! How did you prevent the tiles along the top of the mirror from sliding down after you glued them on? We are considering this tile accent for a 90-inch wide mirror.

    • Thank you for the comment. The “Household Goop” we used was pretty strong, but we also used blue tape to help hold the tiles while they dried. Hope that helps!


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