How To Frame A Bathroom Mirror

Years ago I framed a bathroom mirror in our master bathroom. By plain I mean the standard glass mirror the builder installs. Nothing special. After I framed it I loved the result. I moved from that home and have lived in my current home for 9 years. In that time I have painted and changed out fixtures, upgraded appliances and installed granite counter tops. The last few months I have gotten into house re-do mode. I guess it’s my 9 year itch! I repainted the downstairs bathroom, added a few decorative touches and gave the mirror  a makeover.

Here is the bathroom with the standard mirror.

I purchased crown molding at Home Depot. The cost of the molding was $16 dollars to frame the entire mirror. I started out using a miter box to cut the 45 degree angles necessary to make the frame.

I thought this would be quick and easy but I did not nail down the miter box thinking I could make the cuts but the miter box kept sliding around and of course that made it difficult to cut smooth edges.  I could have nailed the miter box to a table we have down in the basement but instead I did this…

I took the crown molding pieces over to our friend Les’s house and he made the cuts with his fancy miter saw. I love this machine! Angles are set and it cuts in seconds.

All ready to stain.

My husband helped with the painting on the stain. We used Minwax in Red Mahogany 225 and applied two coats of the stain. The first coat was heavy  and after the stain was applied we gently wiped off some of the stain with a dry cloth. We then applied a second coat of  the stain but did not wipe the stain off the second coat, we just let it dry overnight. When you are staining you want to make sure to do the front and back of the crown molding. You will be able to see the reflection of the back in the mirror once you mount it.

When the stain was completely dry I applied Liquid Nails Small Projects to the back of the molding to hold the molding in place. I used liquid nails on the last mirror I framed and it held up for years with no problems.

I ran a line of the liquid nails on the back of the molding. I made sure to place it towards the outer edge of the frame so you would not be able to see the reflection of the glue  in the glass. I couldn’t remember if it dried clear or not and I did not want to chance it.

Here it is all framed! I had a wide angle lens on my camera so I couldn’t take a photo while standing in the bathroom to get the whole frame in. I took this photo standing outside the bathroom.

I love it! Very inexpensive and it makes a big difference in the whole look of the bathroom. I will be working on the two bathroom mirrors upstairs sometime soon. Let me know if you are considering this project and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Try it!  You can do it!

It’s all good. ~Donna

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  6. What is the color of the paint you used in this bathroom please??? I love it

    • Hi Kristin, I painted that room forever ago! I had to battle the basement to find the old paint can. lol
      The paint color is by Glidden, Evermore Premium Interior Flat, Half Moon Bay. Hope this helps! Have a lovely day! ~ Donna

  7. Ok we got the frame up and it looks good,ahh except some of the glue squeeshed out,and in a few places around the bottom and on the sides you can see the reflection of the glue, what can we do to hide this? one suggestion was to get a real thin piece of trim, paint it an glue it all the way around! Any suggestions!

  8. Heather says:

    I have a question that i cant seem to find anywhere on the web. If I have a mirror that is NOT a bathroom mirror and has no existing frame than how do I frame it? I want to put mosaic tiles around it but can find anything to tell me how to do it if the mirror has no existing frame, how do i get the tiles to stick to mirror? Also how then is hanging done after that as I do not want to glue straight onto the wall but simply hang it with a standard picture hanger.

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  10. Hi John! I did not move the mirror from my first home to my current home. I was referring to a time that I had framed bathroom mirrors in my first home. Sorry for any confusion. Contractors use adhesive to adhere mirrors to the bathroom walls. I found a very good tutorial at ehow.com if you are interested in removing builder mirrors. I would suggest shopping around for a mirror the size you are looking for and adding molding to the mirror. You can always just hang it using D-rings and mirror wire. I hope this helps and thanks for stopping by!

  11. How was the original mirror that you framed and later moved attached to the wall by the contractor.??

  12. How was your original mirror that you framed and then took to your next home attached originally to the wall??? My wife thinks I am going to glue a mirror to the wall and then put a frame around it. Not sure I want to glue a mirror on the wall.

  13. how did you hang the mirrors after you framed them ?

  14. Hi,
    I’m tempted to try this project. I have mirror slabs in all of our washrooms. Did you have to remove the mirror from the wall to do this project?
    Thanks

  15. Beautiful job. But I have a question for you….did you use any type of caulk or compound in the corners to get a perfect fit?

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  17. Tracy, Sabrina posted her technique for placing the molding on her mirror with the clips. http://www.mysweetthings.com/2010/04/11/how-to-frame-a-bathroom-mirror/#comments

    I hope this helps! I am so in love with the results I am working my way around to the other bathrooms in the house!

  18. This looks beautiful! I tried going to Michael’s to ask about framing our bathroom mirror, and was quoted a starting price of around $150-$300. With three mirrors to frame and two teens to feed 24-7, I couldn’t swing that. Yours looks as good as the professionally done frames! How did you work around the mirror clips? Like Sabrina, I’ve got the channel at the bottom, and two clips holding the mirror to the wall up top.
    Thanks!

  19. Sabrina, I did not have that track running along the bottom. I Googled a bit and saw where some people have cut a groove in the back of the molding so they can place the molding over the silver track but that seems like a lot of work! I know they sell foam molding. Maybe that would be easier to scrape out a grove along the back side to fit over the silver track? I hope it works out for you!

  20. This looks WONDERFUL!! I’m in the process of trying to do this to our mirrors and ran across one issue. We have a silver track running along the bottom of the mirror. I can’t figure out how to keep the frame flush to the mirror with that track jutting out at the bottom. Any suggestions? Did you have that track thing on your mirrors??

  21. I have been meaning to do this ever since we moved into the house we built, 7
    years ago! It does make such a difference in the look!

    I love the color of your bathroom as well. In some of the pictures it looks
    almost smokey, and in the bottom picture it looks vibrant.

    I need to take a year off and get all of these projects done. :-)

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