Updated: Dec 18, 2020
This DIY bathroom mirror frame is such an easy project to upgrade builder-grade mirrors in your home. It only takes an afternoon and will give your bathroom a whole new feel!
DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame Materials:
2 small plastic washers (plastic will ensure they don’t crack the mirror)
2 small screws
Wood, trim, or another framing material that’s the length of the perimeter of the mirror
Stain – I used water-based stain in American WalnutWhite paint – only about 1 cup of paint or less!
FUZE IT Liquid Nails (or any construction adhesive that bonds to glass/mirror)Matte polyurethane or wax finish (optional)
Step 1: Replace the mirror clips.
At the top of the mirror, there are little plastic clips holding the mirror in place. They’re a bit bulky and the new frame won’t lay against it very well, so you’ll need to replace the clip with washers.
You don’t need to worry about replacing the “tray” along the bottom of the mirror – the frame will lay over it just fine, even if it slants in a little bit.
Unscrew the mirror clips (one at a time), and screw in the plastic washer to hold the mirror in place. Like this:
Step 2: Saw the boards to the correct length.
When measuring the perimeter of the mirror, add an inch to each piece so the outside edge of the frame would extend about 1/2″ past the edge of the mirror. You don’t want any mirror showing outside of the frame!
Cut the end of each board at a 45-degree angle so the boards would fit together as a frame (make sure to put them together as such before you start gluing later on). They look like this:
Step 3: Finish the boards.
Frist stain the boards, then white-wash it in a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 paint (make sure to test your mixture and adjust it until it’s the right color for you). Once dried, lightly sand it.
*Recommend waxing the boards or using a matte polyurethane finish after it’s assembled to protect the wood from your toothpaste splashes.
Step 4: Glue the boards to the mirror.
Once the boards are finished, glue them to the mirror! Make sure the construction adhesive you use bonds to glass or mirror material, otherwise you may have some issues getting the boards to stay put. FUZE IT Liquid Nails works great!
Once the glue is on, stick it on to the mirror and make sure it’s level. You may need to hold it there for a few minutes until the glue starts drying and it stays in place.
Glue the rest of the frame to the mirror, nudging it around until all the edges fit together properly.
Redwood Fencing for Wood Frame: $7.50 White paint: On hand (~$5 at Home Depot for a sample size) Stain: On hand ($10.77 at Home Depot) FUZE IT Liquid Nails: On hand ($6.47 at Home Depot) Caulk Gun: On hand ($2.77 at Home Depot)