DIY a mirror frame to turn that ugly builder grade mirror with clips into a more modern design in under 2 hours.
This bathroom renovation so far has proven to be MUCH EASIER. I still have a little PTSD when I walk in and see a floor missing or plastic hanging to protect the doorway. I am not sure when I’ll fully get over that wild nearly one year ride of a home improvement project. Crazy how much more manageable things are when you’re not doing any demo and just doing a phase one plan.
It should be noted that this bathroom has gotta be one of the most difficult rooms to photograph. You can’t get a full picture of what this bathroom is like because of its glorious, unphotographable angles. Lovely. So, you’ll just have to trust me with a lot of this stuff.
Anyhoo, as you can see here, we have one of those non-cute builder grade mirrors with the clips along the edges that is good for nothing. Well, not nothing. It’s good for a super easy and budget friendly mirror frame project!
There are supposedly mirror frame kits you can buy with individual frame pieces you can put together with like wood glue or liquid nails, but we didn’t want to go that route. Since framed bathroom mirrors seem to be all the rage on Pinterest, we said “challenge accepted” and decided to go for a little DIY mirror frame of our own.
DIY Framed Mirror
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- (2) 1x4x8
- (2) 1x2x8
- (2) 1x3x8 furring strip
- Stain color of your choice (We love Minwax Early American)
- Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Rust-Oleum Polyurethane
- Compound miter saw (This isn’t the one we have, but this has great reviews and is a great starter option)
- Table saw (If you don’t have one of these, I recommend trying to borrow one so you’re not spending a ton. These babies ain’t cheap)
- OPTIONAL: Pocket hole driller and screws
First, you’ll need to measure your mirror – length, width, and thickness including the wall. For reference, our measurements here for the mirror frame are for ours which is 4 feet by 3 feet.
Using your table saw, rip down the 1×3 furring strips to the thickness of your mirror. Nail those pieces on all four sides of your mirror. The reason we did this was to offset the thickness of the mirror clips along the edge of the mirror.
Then you will cut each of your 1×4 strips – two 51 1/2″ long for the top and bottom pieces and two 39″ for the short side pieces – at a 45 degree angle using your compound miter saw. You can go ahead and cut your 1×2 strips as well in the exact same way.
Once they’re all cut, lay them out in the middle of your kitchen floor to make sure they line up. Or I guess you can do this in a garage if you’re rich. Whatever. You guys all know that we don’t have a garage around here but are hoping to add one when we hit the lottery. We could have done this in our driveway but since the concrete isn’t flat, it wasn’t an option for us since we were trying to line everything up perfectly.
Next, here is that optional part I was talking about up in the instructions. We decided to do pocket holes in the back because we didn’t want any screws to show in the front. So, if you’re wanting to do it this way, this is when you’ll want to drill those holes and screw them together. If not, you can screw them together in whatever way is easiest. Just remember if you’re making yours like ours, you’ll have a lip on the outside so you need to make sure your screws are sunk in all the way.
Next, just nail your outer edge to your mirror frame and you’re done with the building! The last step is just to add your wood conditioner, stain, and poly and voila! A DIY framed mirror in UNDER 2 hours!
Want to know a secret on how we timed this little DIY project? Two words.
Each SVU episode is 1 hour long and on Sundays, there is an all day marathon and we were able to get this done before 2 bad guys were fully caught and Olivia made a sassy comment to them.
Oh, ignore the red countertop. It’s going away HOPEFULLY today!!! But also look at the sneak peek of the vanity color! Eek! I am IN LOVE!