If you are ready to update your dated bathroom but don’t have the money for a full renovation, an easy to make stick on mirror frame can add the character you’re looking for without breaking the bank. Paint it all one color for a sleek look, or distress it for a rustic style. In this tutorial I will be showing you two easy ways to create a diy mirror frame with minimal effort and no 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 can be pricey. I have now added a DIY mirror wood frame to both bathrooms. Framing a mirror with wood isn’t as hard as you might think. In a couple of hours or less your husnabd will be thanking you because you will now be able to live with your dated bathroom a little longer. This tutorial will show you how to frame a mirror. It’s the best way to dress up a builder grade mirror.
Framing the existing bathroom mirror means you don’t have to go through the trouble of removing it and the expense to replace it. It really is quick and easy face lift for your bathroom.
As you can see, the hall bathroom had a smaller frame while the mirror in the master bathroom was quite a bit larger. I made stick-on frames for both. But, there are some differences in how I chose to assemble them.
How to Make a Wooden Frame for a Mirror
Let me show you how I made each mirror, then you can decide which way you like best! Both ways are very easy. There is no easier way than this. Trust me. It’s literally a custom mirror frame for a fraction of the price. And don’t worry, there are no glue or nails involved. You can take it down easily if you don’t like it, or if you get tired of it.
First, I took my mirror measurements to Lowe’s and picked out 2 straight 1x4x8 white wood boards. I had them cut to size right in the store, so all I had to do was put them together when I got home. See the grey box below to come up with the right cuts for your mirror frame.
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DIY Stick-on Mirror Frame
Here’s what you will need:
Horizontal pieces: 2- 1×4 boards cut to match the width of your mirror, plus one half (1/2) inch.
Vertical pieces: 2- 1×4 boards cut to match the height of your mirror, minus 2x the width of your board (this should be approximately 7″ if you use 1x4s).
Staple Gun (for option 1)
L Brackets (for option 2)
Finish of choice
Stick On Mirror Frame- The Staple Gun Method
Ok before we go over the steps for how to make frame for your bathroom mirror, let me show you my bathrooms.
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. It’s looking like a frame now!
Once the frame was put together, I taped the joints (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. Easy, right?
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!
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The L Brackets
To dress it up a bit, I used these brackets in each corner.I spray painted them black first. Adding the brackets to your DIY mirror is optionaland is absolutely not needed for attaching the wood to the glass. They’re just a fun accessory.
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! Now you know how to make a frame for a bathroom mirror. I love the character 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 here!
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