Most of us have them and very few of us do anything to them! If you’re tired of looking at your old, boring, frame-less mirror consider sprucing it up yourself before purchasing a new one.
One of the best parts about designing these frames are the endless styles you can create and not to mention, the budget friendly price tag attached to them. Depending on your skill level with power tools, this project can be as simple or complex as you want. I obviously opted for the easy way out!
Remember the pre-makeover bathroom?! Well this is what I started with.
It has come a long way since then and my DIY frame sits in my newly, revamped, budget-friendly, love my bathroom, makeover (for more pics on my bathroom reno, check out my post over here).
You ask, what’s the easy solution? – no miter saw cuts!…those 45 degree angle cuts can be tricky if you haven’t mastered it yet (unless you have this tool).
Here are the materials you need:
- four corner blocks in pine (3″x3″)
- molding, I used baseboard trim (5/8×2″ – 1/2×8″)
- glue (PL or Liquid Nails will adhere to a mirror)
First step: Measure your mirror. You need to figure out what size to cut your moldings. Don’t forget to take into consideration the four corners blocks will take up 3 inches of your total length in each corner.
In our case, the mirror measured out to 50 x 36 inches. We cut two horizontal pieces at 44 inches and two vertical pieces at 30 inches (how did I get that measurement?: 30″(molding) + 3″(corner block) + 3″(corner block) = 36″(total height of mirror on one side))
Step 2: Paint & decorate your molding as you like.
I painted our molding white and used thumbtacks to spruce it up. Upholstery nails would have worked better if you wanted to hammer them in but I really didn’t feel like stumping my thumb that day! Being a little crazy, I snapped off the pins of the thumbtack and glued them on. For a more evenly spaced look, I used a ruler to help me set them 1 inch apart.
Step 3: Put it all together! You may need a helping hand for this part. Use your glue and begin by placing one of your corners on first.
Make sure you hold in place for a minute or two to ensure it dries in proper position. Next glue on the molding.
Once you have the sides and bottom piece of molding glued, let it completely dry before placing the top piece of molding. If not, you have a chance that this piece of molding may weigh down your other pieces which = big mess!
Step 4: When your top piece of molding if finally in place and everything is glued, secure with painter’s tape. Let it dry for the reminder of the day!
With four easy steps and $30.58 later, why not change all your builder’s grade mirrors to a fab statement piece!
Have you given this a try? What’s your experience!