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How to Make a DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame

How to Make a DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame

A large builder grade mirror isn’t the most attractive item, but it can be much more appealing with a simple DIY bathroom mirror frame.

Framing a bathroom mirror is simple, affordable, and dramatically updates the entire room. You’d be surprised how big of a difference a framed mirror makes in a room.

The mirror helps add contrast and tie in another color, match vanity hardware, or wood tone to warm up the space.

how to frame a bathroom mirror

Easy DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame

Our tips and tricks will show you how to make a bathroom mirror frame in just a couple of hours!

Framing a large bathroom mirror is a quick, easy, and affordable way to dramatically update your bathroom without replacing anything.

diy bathroom mirror frame

Mirror Frame Wood

A DIY mirror frame can be customized for any size builder grade bathroom mirror.

The frame that I picked out for my builder grade mirror is very basic baseboard and measures 2 inches wide, and a ¼ inch thick.

The bathroom mirror frame can be painted or stained in color you any color that matches the bathroom in your home.

You can find more instructions on how to make a scrap wood bathroom mirror frame here!

Shopping Checklist

before and after bathroom
Before Painting Vanity and Framing Mirror

Step 1: Cut the Wood for the Bathroom Mirror Frame

I cut the two short sides of the mirror frame on 45 degree angles at 42 inches long each.

The long sides of the frame were also cut at 45 degrees (both sides put together make a perfect 90 degree angle – High school for the win) and they were each cut at 59 inches.

I know what you’re thinking: “But you said your mirror was only 58 inches long.

Do you even math, bro”? …well, it’s always better to have more than less and the overlap certainly doesn’t hurt because I wanted to make sure it covered the entire mirror.

Step 2: Notching the Wood Frame

Now then, after your pieces are cut, you might run into the issue of the mounts holding the mirror up.

There are probably 4 of them – 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom.

Those are holding the mirror in place so it’s important that I didn’t remove them unless I wanted the mirror to explode all over my bathroom.

bathroom mirror frame

This part can be a bit tricky and you might know a better way of doing this than me.

The first step is to hold the long frame pieces up to the mirror then draw an outline on the wood where the clips will align on the frame.

Definitely make the outline bigger because, it gives you some play so the frame actually aligns.

Step 3: Cutting Around Bathroom Mirror Clips

Now you’ll want to chisel out a gap in the frame where you traced your clips.

I used a multi tool to carefully make small etches in the wood, then made etches in the other direction so it was like a tiny checker board.

After that, I just “dug it out” with a chisel and hammer, again careful to not puncture the front side.

Then I had to make sure it was deep enough that the frame was flush against the mirror.

Make sure you dry fit your frame to make sure everything aligns before adhering it.

Step 4: Paint or Stain the Frame

After the frame has been cut to size, give the frame a light sanding then wipe down to begin painting.

I recommend painting or staining the DIY bathroom mirror frame after all of the cuts have been made.

I used an Angled Brush to paint the front surface and the back surface of the mirror frame.

If you are painting a larger mirror frame, you could also use a high density foam paint roller to smooth out the brush strokes.

Before applying the 2nd coat of paint, I let the mirror frame dry for a couple hours in between coats of paint.

I also, applied 1 thin coat of paint to the back of the mirror frame because you will see a some of the back in the reflection of the mirror.

Make sure to save the Wooster Angled brush in an airtight plastic bag, so you can reuse the brush again.

You might need to touch up a few areas after removing the painter’s tape.

By the way if you are looking to update your vanity here are tips and tricks to paint your vanity.

Step 5: How to Hang the DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame

To stick the frame to the mirror, I used Loctite – Mirror, Marble, and Granite Adhesive.

Apply Loctite to back of each frame piece in a wave pattern as seen below, so the mirror really sticks. I started with the bottom piece and once it was in place, pressed firmly to make sure it felt snug.

Continue to follow these steps to frame the entire mirror before apply painters tape.

diy bathroom mirror frame

Painters Tape: After adhering the entire frame with Loctite, I used painters tape to hold it in place until it dried for about 48 hours.

Once the DIY bathroom mirror frame feels like it is tight against the mirror, remove the painters tape.

stick on frames for bathroom mirrors
You do not need this much tape

Touch up: You might need to touch up the paint after removing the painters tape. So, hopefully you save the paint brush because you can reuse it for a few quick touch ups.

After touching up the paint, you are all done with this project! Since this project, I have repainted my DIY bathroom mirror frame and bathroom vanity.

mirror trim

Repainting the Bathroom Vanity and DIY Mirror Frame

I decided to repaint my bathroom vanity and mirror frame because I didn’t love how this gray came out. The gray paint that I used, pulled more purple than gray, so after a few years I finally decided to repaint it.

The mirror frame is now painted Green Black by Sherwin Williams and bathroom vanity is painted the color Mountain Road by Sherwin Williams.

stick on frames for bathroom mirrors

If you previously painted your vanity and just don’t love it, here are tips to repaint your vanity or cabinets.

Before this project we decided to add new tile to the floor in our guest bathroom. Take a look at how our bathroom reno on a budget turned out.

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