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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 farmhouse style. In this tutorial I will be showing you 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 can be pricey. I have now added stick on mirror frames to both, my hall bath and my master bath!

Hall Bath
DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com

Master Bath

The best paint roller for wallsI never would've thought the solution to my problem would be so simple.

The hall bath had a smaller frame while the master was quite bit larger. Even though both are stick-on frames, there are some differences in how I chose to assemble them.

Let me show you how I made each one, then you can decide which way you like best! Both ways are very easy.


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DIY Stick-on Mirror Frame

Materials

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:

Horizontal pieces: 2- 1×4 boards cut to match the width of your mirror, plus a half 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).

Wood Glue

Staple Gun (for option 1)

Command Strips 

L Brackets (for option 2)

Finish of choice

Option 1:

Stick On Mirror Frame- The Staple Gun Method

Behold my 90’s hall bathroom

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com

 Here are my wood pieces all cut to size by the nice guy at Lowe’s

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com

I put the pieces together with wood glue. I did not miter the corners, which makes this project even easier.

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com

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.

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com

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!

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. No mitering! Use wood glue and a staple gun! Sawdustsisters.com


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!

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.

Option 2: 

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

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update a builder grade is to add a stick on mirror frame. It adds character and creates visual interest. Paint it all one color for a sleek look, or distress it for a more rustic farmhouse style. In this tutorial you will learn two easy ways to create a frame with minimal effort and without fancy power tools.

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 🙂

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update a builder grade is to add a stick on mirror frame. It adds character and creates visual interest. Paint it all one color for a sleek look, or distress it for a more rustic farmhouse style. In this tutorial you will learn two easy ways to create a frame with minimal effort and without fancy power tools.

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.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update a builder grade is to add a stick on mirror frame. It adds character and creates visual interest. Paint it all one color for a sleek look, or distress it for a more rustic farmhouse style. In this tutorial you will learn two easy ways to create a frame with minimal effort and without fancy power tools. 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 frame with minimal effort or fancy power tools.

Before I knew it, my stick on mirror frame was done!

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 frame with minimal effort or fancy power tools.


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The Brackets

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?.

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 or fancy power tools.

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.A stick on mirror frame is an easy and inexpensive to give a boring mirror infinite character! Check out the quick and easy way to DYI it!

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 here!

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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.

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This Post Has 52 Comments

    1. How can u get mirror down if you had to cover clips with frame?

      1. Hi Connie,
        I’m not sure I understand your question, but the frame can simply be pulled off in one piece since the black brackets are holding all 4 pieces together.

  1. Love.the bathroom re do, especially the mirror. I have a double sink with large mirror over it. Would you suggest I use wider bozrds, maybe 1 x 6″ , so it would be more substantial

    1. Thanks Shirley! A thicker frame would look nice, if you don’t mind losing some mirror space. I’d worry about the weight, so If you go that route, make sure you get the bigger command strips that hold more weight and put plenty of them all the way around the mirror. Also make sure your boards are straight. And get someone to help you put it up 🙂

      1. Thank you so much ! Will let you know how it turns out. Love your ideas!

  2. What color stain did you use for the wood?! Love it!

    1. Hi! I used weathered grey on the first mirror. One the second one I used a dark stain (walnut I think!) But it turned out too dark so I went over it with a white wash to lighten it up a bit. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. What finish did you use on the second mirror. It looks like you stationed it but it also has some weathered grey undertones as well. Thanks!

    1. Hi Christa!
      I used a dark stain first (walnut I think!) But it turned out too dark so I went over it with a white wash (very diluted white paint) to lighten it up a bit. I hope this helps. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a great idea. I was concerned about the clips on the mirror. Do they have to be replaced with something else or will the frame fit over them. Can,t wait to try this. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Fran! Lucky for me, Neither of the mirrors I framed had clips. They were glued on. The only way to know how it will look with the clips is to try. Fortunately, if you end up not liking it, it’s totally removable.

  5. Hi there! This is just what I was looking for, only easier! I want to know for the second mirror what assembling it on site refers to. Is it possible to attach a piece to the mirror and then apply the glue? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura!
      Build on site means that you attach each board one at a time, rather than assembling the whole frame first and then put it up.
      As far as attaching it, i did exactly what you’re saying. I used command strips to attach each board then added glue at the seams before attaching the next board. Does that make sense?

  6. So…did the frame stay up? The command stickers really hold it?!

      1. Wow….would you do anything differently now?

        1. Hi Zane! Not really. Both frames are still up and going strong! If anything I’d say use a few more command strips than you think you need. I had to
          Add a couple more in the first frame after 2-3 months.

    1. How did these hold up? Have they fallen down yet?

  7. My large master bath mirror has a bracket\brace\clip to hold the mirror to the wall. So the clip wraps around the Mirror. Only about 1/4” of the clip shows on the front of the mirror so the wooden frame would not be flush to the mirror. What would you recommend for this.

    1. Hi Holly!
      An option could be to use a chisel and remove some of the wood from the back of the board, right where the clips are (without chipping the front) to make space for the clips and still have the frame sit flush on the mirror. Another thing you could do is remove the clips and glue the mirror, wait a few days then frame it. I haven’t tried either of these options, though! Just thinking of what I would try if it were me 🙂 Would love to know what you end up doing! 🙂
      Good luck!

    2. Replace the clip with a flat metal washer- use the same screw, just remove the clip and the washer will hold mirror, but be flat. It’s covered. It’s covered by the frame.

  8. Thanks for the post!! Did mine this weekend!

  9. Hi there! Any tips to help getting wood to stick? I followed steps of the 2nd mirror but wood isn’t adhering to command strips 🙁

    1. Hey Aubrey! For my project I used a lot of command strips, so make sure you have plenty. It may also help to put duct tape on to keep it in place until it adheres well.

  10. I’m doing this project this weekend. I bought my 1 x 4’s . Does yours hang over the backsplash area a tad? Mine does and it bothers me. I think I need something less than an inch thick and can’t find anything.

    1. Hi Leigh! Yes, mine sticks out a tiny bit. It doesn’t bother me. If you want something thinner you could get 1/2 inch baseboard.

  11. Hi there,
    This is probably a foolish question, but why do you add a 1/2 inch to horizontal measurement of mirror (?) and I understand why you subtract the width of the board to get proper measurement for vertical boards… But wouldn’t that be 8 inches off, not seven since boards are 4 inches wide? I’m sure I missed something
    But great idea ??

    1. Hi Samsmom! Good questions! The half inch is simply to allow a bit of an overhang and avoid seeing the mirror edge. This is optional. As for the width of the boards, if you actually measure a 1×4 it’s never 4” wide. I know…so dumb. These boards actual width is actually 3 1/2. Sometimes 3 5/8. So, it’s actually best to measure the actual thickness of your board first. I hope this helps! 🙂

  12. Do the command strips come off the mirror easily? We rent an apartment, and I want something cute, but removable for when we move.

  13. Is there a place on your site to print out the instructions for your projects?

    1. Hi Shirley!
      I have a few plans available as pdf for free when you subscribe, but not this post currently. I like the idea though!

  14. Hi. I miss read the color of stain you did. So we bought weathered gray and had a mahogany stain working on another project that we used with weather gray. Looks great. My question is did you use any polyurethane on after stain?

  15. Did you use a polyurethane after stain ?

    1. Hi Melissa,
      On the first mirror I used weathered grey. On the second I used walnut first, then thought it was too dark so I went over it with a white wash. I did NOT use polyurethane on either mirror. I hope this helps!! Good luck with your project!

  16. What size ate your brackets?

  17. Was there a space between the mirror and the frame once it was installed? I have the boards cut and ready to be put on the mirror but there is space between the mirror and boards. Thanks!

    1. Hi Amber! I just went and checked my frames and there is no space on either one. If the boards are fairly straight, there shouldn’t be space in between. If you look from the side, you’ll see the edge of the mirror under the board, but no space, as long as you put plenty of command strips on. I hope this helps 🙂

  18. Thank you for the super easy tutorial! I’m not very handy and this was super easy! My whole bathroom reno only cost cost $36!!

    1. Heck yeah, Kate!! Way to go. I wasn’t very handy a few years ago. You gotta start somewhere. Be careful, it’s highly addictive!!:D

  19. Hi! I’ve kept this page bookmarked for a long time and finally ready to do it! Yay! I’ve been looking into the stick and peel boards rather than staining some wood myself. How would I go about making sure the back of them aren’t noticeable (like you painted both sides of your boards). I hope that makes sense!

    1. Hi Ashley! Glad you’re finally ready to tackle the project. Yes, I painted both sides first, then added the command strips. Part of the back will always be noticeable which is why you need to paint both sides. But the command don’t show at all if that’s what you’re asking 🙂

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