One of the quickest and easiest ways to add character to a boring bathroom is to add a stick on mirror frame. Paint it all one color for a sleek look, or distress it for a rustic farmhouse style. In this tutorial you will learn two easy ways to create a stick-on frame with minimal effort and no fancy power tools.
We built our house in 1999 and all of our bathrooms are pretty dated. While replacing the mirrors in a dated bathroom is a fun option, it will likely require some patchwork (like it did in my powder bathroom) which isn’t ideal, especially if you’re impatient like me and like fast results!.
A stick on mirror frame provides a quicker (and did I say cheaper!?) way to update your existing mirror. I did this in both, my hall bathroom and my master bathroom and I am so happy with the results.
Let me show you how I made each one and then you can decide which way you like best! Both ways are very easy.
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DIY Stick-on Mirror Frame
I took my mirror measurements to Lowe’s, picked out 2 straight 1x4x8 white wood boards, and had them cut to size right in the store, so all I had to do was put them together when I got home.
Here’s what you will need:
Stick On Mirror Frame- The Staple Gun Method
Behold my 90’s hall bathroom
Here are my wood pieces all cut to size by the nice guy at Lowe’s
I put the pieces together with wood glue. I did not miter the corners, which makes this project even easier.
Once the frame was put together, I taped the seams (or you can use clamps if you have them!), let it dry for about an hour, then pulled the tape off and reinforced with my cheap staple gun.
Glue and staples hold the frame together really well! This is the same method my sister Beverly used to frame her floor mirror and it worked like a charm!
Once the frame was built I gave it a quick sanding and applied stain. I used a weathered grey color.
Tip #1 Whichever finish you choose, make sure you paint BOTH sides of the frame, because the under side will reflect in the mirror!
Now for the Stick-on part
I put command strips all around the mirror and placed the frame on! Yep it’s that simple!
Tip #2. Make sure you let the command strips sit on the mirror overnight before you put the frame on. I learned this the hard way. The “wall side” of the command strip should face the mirror. Once you are ready to stick the frame on, remove the red sticker and put the frame in place. Press the frame on to the mirror for 30-45 seconds to make sure it’s on well.
Viola! Instant update for about $15!
Stick On Mirror Frame: Build on-site method!
Once I was ready to tackle my larger master bath mirror, I decided to put it together on site.
Behold my 90’s master bath
Putting the board pieces on site is convenient and you don’t need a staple gun. Prior to framing this mirror, I updated the light fixture (for about $5!) and painted the vanity black. What a difference!
Before I even started working on the frame, I stuck the command strips around the mirror. I’d learned my lesson 🙂
For this project, I cut the pieces to size and stained them first. Then I simply stuck each board one at a time, beginning with the bottom piece. I followed with the side pieces using wood glue at the seams. Then added the top.
Before I knew it, my stick on mirror frame was done!
To dress it up a bit, I used these brackets in each corner.I spray painted them black first. Adding the brackets is optional, but aren’t they so cute?.
I played with the placement of the brackets (which really means I eye-balled it) and stuck them on with tape to keep them in place, then screwed them in. The package I got came with screws. If yours doesn’t, make sure you use nothing longer than 3/4″. I was going to paint the screws black too, but finally opted not to because I liked the contrast.
Friends, this is SO easy. Seriously! I love the character and farmhouse style it added, for so little money!
If you like my little DIY make-up organizer box I made with no power tools (see it sitting pretty on the vanity top?) you can find the tutorial for it here! And the light fixture makeover project is right here! The vanity makeover is coming soon!
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