How to frame a mirror with wood molding. 09.03.2010
A couple of weeks ago I found myself inspired by some creative DIY'ers to frame my bathroom mirror with molding. The idea is to glue molding directly to a mirror. The bathroom on our main floor has some new-ish fixtures and the tiling still looks pretty ok, but the mirror is plain and uggo. So I jumped on the framed mirror bandwagon! *weee*
I had to take these pictures while standing in the doorway (unless you wanted to see my reflection) since our half bath is so small! Here is how it turned out:
We happened to have a ton of spare molding in our basement wewt! But, if you don't have any you can pick some up at any hardware store.
Materials you'll need:
- trim molding, cut to length
- mitre box and hand saw
- paint and brushes, if needed
- wood filler, or paintable calking
- painters tape, if needed
Measure all four sides of your mirror so you can mark the molding to be cut. I don't have a fancy power saw so I fetched my trusty mitre box instead. You want the corners of the molding to meet at a 45 degree angle, so keep that in mind when you're marking it. The outer edge of the molding is where you mark. Cut all four pieces with a handsaw that fits inside the 45 degree mitre box slots. The mitre box makes it very easy to cut accurate angles. Optionally, you can get your molding cut for you at a hardware store such as Home Depot.
My pieces were originally white so I painted them black to match the bathroom then sealed with a clear top coat. Tip: You will see a reflection of the molding once it's mounted so don't forget to paint a top section on the BACK.
You'll need Mirror Mastic or Liquid Nails to adhere the molding to the mirror. I couldn't find either of those, so I used No More Nails which bonds to glass and worked great. Put a couple lines of glue down the length of the molding keeping away from the edges or it'll moosh out when you press it onto the mirror. I forgot to take pictures of the glue...whoops. Use the level to make sure the pieces are straight. Depending on the glue, it might dry in 5 minutes or as long as overnight - read the directions. Be on the safe side though and secure the molding in place with painters tape until it's fully dry
or stand there for half an hour holding them in place only to regret it and wish you just taped them up there!
No matter how careful you were and how precise your cuts there's likely to be 'lil tiny cracks where the trim meets at the corners. Do not fret! All you need to do is get yourself some wood filler that resists shrinking/cracking (I used Elmer's Carpenters Wood Filler) OR paintable caulking to fill in the gaps. Just smoosh it into the cracks with your finger and wipe off the excess. Once that's dry - paint it to match.
If you didn't paint your pieces beforehand, you could paint them now. Also, now's the time to add any distressing techniques, if that's your thing.
Now to do something with the ugly grey walls and ceiling! Ideas? I really like this idea, but thought maybe black and white botanical illustrations instead. Yeah?
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