Is there a house anywhere that doesn’t start out with an ugly builder grade bathroom mirror? Maybe if you have a massive house budget. But with our budget we got ugly flat builder grade mirrors glued to the wall. Removing them can be a nightmare, and the wall is usually heavily damaged behind it.
When we started on our second major bathroom project I knew that I didn’t want to remove the mirror. Framing builder grade mirrors is probably one of my favorite projects. It’s so quick, inexpensive and easy and it has a huge impact! It only takes a couple hours, once the boards are stained, and there’s no downtime. Best of all, there’s no demo.
1×4 pine boards (4)
Loctite PL 530 Mirror adhesive
Measure for the frame:
Measure the top and the bottom length of the mirror, these will be where the rails will be attached. Cut the boards to the length of the mirror. We cut ours to about 1/2 over the edge of the mirror.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a saw at home, just have the hardware store cut the boards to size for you.
Then measure and cut the stiles (the vertical boards) to length, to fit between the rails. These will sit on the bottom rail, and the top rail will sit on the top of the stiles. (see above pic)
Sand and Stain the Wood
Once cut, sand the boards with 150 grit sandpaper then do a dry fit of the frame to make sure the frame will sit square when mounted. Make any fine adjustments needed.
Choose your color of stain. *Tip- take a scrap piece of the same wood you are using for the frame and make a sample board so you can see what the actual color will look like on the frame.
We chose the dark Walnut.
Next, use pre stain on the boards to get a more uniform (not blotchy) look. Then stain the boards.
In the picture above the board to the far right is NOT pre stained. The one to the left IS pre stained. You can see the difference between the two and how uniform the color is on the left after using pre stain.
*Tip- Make sure you stain ALL sides of the boards. When applied to the mirror, it will show a portion of the back of the boards, and if not stained it will show.
*Since this is a bathroom mirror and near water and moisture, I am using Spar Varnish as a top coat.
Attach the Frame
Next, you’re going to attachthe mirror using Loctite PL530 Mirror, Marble & Granite adhesive.
Attach the bottom rail first and let the adhesive dry before adding the sides. Then add the two stiles on each end of the mirror, sitting on top of the bottom rail. Let the adhesive dry before you put the top stile on.
Then add the top rail and let the adhesive dry.
Decorate and done
That’s it! Just a couple hours and you’ll have a brand new bathroom mirror that will become the focal point of your whole room!
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