One of the updates in my guest bathroom makeover was putting a frame up around the mirror to make it a little less builder-basic.
I think it really helps transform our bathroom from builder-basic and plain to sophisticated and custom. I didn’t take any before or during pictures (bad blogger!), but I used a combination of these tutorials (and the pictures were great for convincing my husband that this was actually a good idea!): Design gal, This thrifty house, A little of this, a little of that, Impatiently praying for patience, and Thrifty and chic.
Basically, we got some trim from home depot to match our door molding ($8 for two 2.25″ thick, 7′ long, pre-primed pieces). We cut them to size and mitered the corners with our table saw, then painted them with some high-gloss white paint (left over from our bedroom shelf). We glued them directly to the mirror using this product, reinforced the glue with painters tape, and let it dry overnight. I then caulked the corners and touched them up with more paint.
Some tips I want to reiterate in case you want to do this your self:
- Use a product labeled to work on mirrors for attaching the trim to the mirror. I went in just thinking ‘liquid nails’ because that’s what a lot of the tutorials I read used, but our store had many varieties of liquid nails, none of which said they were good for mirrors (they didn’t have the liquid nails mirror variety, but it does in fact exist). Again, we used this kind.
- Check that your corners all line up by taping the trim pieces around your mirror before you glue anything down to make sure they line up. I found that keeping the other pieces taped up as I untaped/glued each piece helped keep my corners perfect.
- Pay attention to the angling on the corners – front/back as well as the angle of the miter cut.
- Make sure not to put the glue too close to the inside edge of the mirror – otherwise you’ll see it in the reflection (I have one spot where this happened – shown above). On the same note, paint at least the inner half inch or so of the back of your trim!
- If you want the corners to match up, you need the trim to all be flat. The easy way to do this is to have the outside of your trim frame line up with the edge of the mirror, but I decided I wanted to have my frame extend over the edge of the mirror. The bottom edge of my mirror was flush with the granite sink top, though, so I had to sand down part of the back to make it flush. Hope that makes sense!