We had a builder's grade mirror in our basement bathroom that was incredibly boring. But, because it was functional, we left it 'as is' for 8+ years. With all of my recent basement makeovers, I decided it was time. Check out my tutorial to frame a simple bathroom mirror!
It really made a big change for very little cost.
Tutorial to frame a simple bathroom mirror:
Jason, my husband, doesn't get too worked up about decor in our home. But, for whatever reason, he had always despised our basement bathroom mirror. The mirror clips used to hang it were small sea shells and were hung in studs.
This of course meant that the clips were unevenly placed on the mirror and just looked weird. Putting the clips in the studs was the right choice, it just didn't look good.
Take a look at the unbalanced mirror clips for yourself:
Don't judge the dirty mirror!
And an up-close of the shell mirror clip:
When I was getting lumber for our rustic shelves, I grabbed a board for this project too! In that same post, I share how I stained the wood. If you are interested in learning in how to stain wood click here.
- Lumber cut to fit mirror (see below for details to get accurate measurements)
- Wood stain of choice - I used Minwax Special Walnut
- Optional: alternatively you could paint the frame vs. stain if this is your preference
- Wood glue
- Mending Plates to secure boards together
- Chalk paint or spray paint to paint mending plates if desired (I used black chalk paint because I had it on hand)
- drop clothes
- paper towels or rag to wipe excess wood glue as needed
- D-ring hangers
- drywall anchors (if unable to hang frame in studs)
- screw driver
How to Measure for the Bathroom Mirror Frame:
Our mirror was 30 inches x 36 inches. I knew I could have someone at Lowe's or Home Depot cut a board down to the lengths I needed, but they only do straight cuts. So I determined four 34" cuts (length) would work great for our space.
The goal was to cover the beveled edges of the mirror as well as the mirror clips.
My board was 2.5 inches wide.
This would give us 34" across by 39" long when assembled. See below.
When measuring your space, take into account the mirror size you are covering. But also consider the space above the sink as well as the space below the lights.
Now on to how to actually make the frame!
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How to make a frame to cover your simple bathroom mirror:
1. Measure for board (see above) and purchase board.
As I mentioned above, if you do not have the tools to cut your board at home, you can have someone at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards (or any other home store such as those) assist you. They do not charge above the cost of the lumber for making straight cuts.
Just make sure you know exact measurements of what you need.
2. Stain or paint boards.
I used Minwax Special Walnut stain for my boards. This tied in perfectly with the cabinetry in our basement bathroom. You can select ANY stain that fits your decor. If you'd rather use a color, painting is always an option!
If you'd like instructions on how I stained my frame, see this post for instructions.
The stain was allowed to dry for several hours prior to assembling the frame boards.
3. Put the frame together with wood glue!
Ensure your boards are on a flat surface for this part of the project. We simply covered our ping-pong table with old newspaper so it would be out of the way when drying.
I used wood glue to hold the frame together.
Apply a liberal amount of wood glue on the surfaces then press together firmly, wiping away any excess glue. This is important as the boards will be stuck to whatever they are on top of if you do not clean around the edges well.
It's not like I know this from experience or anything! 😉
4. Secure the boards with mending plates.
I'm pretty sure I paid less than a dollar for the mending plates at WalMart. Here is a link to some mending plates on Amazon that are close to the ones I used.
But if it were me, I'd just grab the ones I'm showing you below the next time you are at Wal-Mart. I couldn't find black (which matched the shelves that I just made), so I painted them with chalk paint prior to starting this project.
You could also spray paint them black. BUT, be sure to paint them prior to glueing the frame as you want to put the mending plates on as soon as you get your boards glued together.
This will help secure the boards together when drying.
Simply "eyeball" where you think they look best. We put our mending plates in the center of where the two boards came together.
As you can see above, I had to go back and touch up the screws with black chalk paint. It took less than a minute! Super easy and it pulled the look together.
5. Attach D-Rings to back side of frame to allow you to hang the frame.
I'm guessing that you are realizing we will NOT be attaching this frame to the mirror in any way. Instead, Jason and I thought it would be so much easier just to hang this like a regular frame.
After allowing the wood glue to dry overnight, the D-Ring hangers were attached to the top of the frame (on the back side) in each corner.
TIP: After determining where the hanger will go, I find that it is easier to hammer the tip of a nail into the board. This makes the screw go in a lot easier.
6. Use Dry Wall Anchors to secure the screws into the wall where you will hang your frame.
Dry wall anchors are the best, you guys. I use them all. of. the. time.
They will make your new frame secure.
If you aren't sure how to use dry wall anchors, take a look at this post to learn how to easily install dry wall anchors yourself.
Measure. Then measure again.
Measuring is probably the most complicated part of this project. Like hanging any picture frame or art work, just make sure you measure exactly.
After all your hard work, you want it to look perfect when it's hanging!
Speaking of perfect, look how imperfect the painting is above. I knew it would be covered by the frame, so "good enough" was my thought process.
7. Hang your new frame over the mirror
Hang the D-Ring hangers around the screws that you attached with dry wall anchors and you're done.
In the below image, I am pulling the frame away from the mirror to show you it is not connected.
SO much better!
That's a wrap, folks!
Such a fun project that made a big difference in our little basement bathroom. Why did it take 8 years to get this done?!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial to frame a simple bathroom mirror. If you have any questions or comments, leave a note below!
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