Framed Bathroom Mirrors

When we moved in, our master bathroom had two Plain Jane, builder’s grade mirrors.  They were nice, but I was never enthused by them.
After reading numerous blog tutorials on how to frame ordinary bathroom mirrors, I knew that I had to give it a shot!  Empowered, I gathered my measurements, drove to Lowe’s, and bought enough molding for both mirrors.  I returned home and turned to my newest love, my miter saw, and positioned it to cut at a 45 degree angle in one direction.
I then double checked the measures of the mirrors and marked the lengths on each piece of trim.
Then placed it on the saw and was ready to cut.
The trickiest part was just remembering whether to cut on the left side of 45 degrees or the right side.  Once I had that figured out, it was a piece of cake.
Once the molding was cut, I primed and painted each piece to match the trim in the bathroom.
Once the molding was dry, I used my caulk gun and a tube of Liquid Nails and applied the adhesive liberally to the back of each piece of molding.
In hindsight, it was better to spread the adhesive in several parallel lines instead of the squiggle pattern below.  The adhesive from each switchback tended to seep from under the molding and was generally a pain to clean.

I held each piece of molding firmly to the mirror for a good 20 seconds.  By then, it had adhered just enough to stick the mirror as I worked with the others; it also was just loose enough to be fiddled around with if the angles weren’t quite right.
When the frames were in place, I puttied the seams with a little painter’s caulk and later touched up the frames with another coat of paint.  That’s it!  
What a simple, easy, and terrific change!

Our guest bathroom has a builder’s grade mirror, as well.  I will definitely be framing that one, too!

Hope you like them!

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25 thoughts on “Framed Bathroom Mirrors”

  1. I came from A-Z maybe? Or TT&J? I forget, but do you have some details on the moulding you got? I've browsed the home improvement stores to pick some up, but never went home with anything 😦 Looks great!

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  2. Hi! I believe that the molding that I bought from Lowe's was called EverTrue 2-1/4″W x 7'L Stain Grade Radiata Pine Casing. I wanted something that was streamlined, simple, and inexpensive, and this one worked great. Hope that helps!

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  3. I'm so glad I found this blog! I also have the same paint colors in my condo, which I have been trying to find online and this site makes it easier for me to picture what it'll look like! Thanks for sharing the ideas, I will definitely put them to use!

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  4. One of the best ways to make sure you get what you want is to think about how much time you have to devote to the upkeep of your home. Let’s face it. It’s much simpler to clean a mirror without a frame than it is to regularly polish a luxurious metal.

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