March 15, 2012

Bathroom Mirror Frame


I've finally framed the bathroom mirror. I say finally because I've wanted to do this for months and months but just never did. And it was super easy!

I searched Pinterest for DIY mirror frames (this blog was the most helpful), found that the style I liked best was a trumeau mirror (as opposed to a picture frame-like one with mitered corners.) And I'm also embarrassed to tell you that I've been calling it a truseau mirror until 30 seconds ago when I googled how to spell it, and realized it's trumeau, not truseau. Whoops.

Turns out a trumeau mirror is the easiest to make- most builder grade mirrors tend to be three by four feet. I was able to buy all of my boards in pre-cut lengths. I needed my two vertical boards a few inches shorter, and Home Depot cut them for me in-store.


For my three by four foot mirror, this is what I needed:
  • one 48" x 3 1/2" x 1/2" board (bottom)
  • one 48" x 6" x 1/2" board (top)
  • two 36" x 3 1/2" x 1/2" boards (sides (I had them cut down to 31 1/2"))
  • three 48" long decorative trim pieces
  • white paint
  • liquid nails
  • painters tape
Just a friendly FYI: I'm not usually loyal to any particular home center store, but Home Depot had NOTHING in terms of decorative trim (at least not what I was looking for). Lowes had a lot of options.

Also, I drew you a REALLY fancy picture in order to help explain myself:

I started out by painting my boards:


This is the inside of the unfinished laundry room. And Leo's fluff. Very glamorous.

I then used liquid nails to glue the trim to the frame boards. I glued one piece of trim to the bottom board, and two to the top board. This, obviously, is the bottom board:


After the trim had dried, I glued the bottom board to the mirror and let it dry over night. I then glued on the side boards, let them dry, and lastly glued on the top board. I'm sure you could do them all at once, but I decided to be cautious (for once). While the glue is drying, secure your board to the mirror using painter's tape. I forgot to take a picture of this.

You're almost done! Fill in any gaps with caulk. I haven't done this yet, but I betcha can't tell.


Go upgrade your mirror! You won't be sorry.

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8 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to do this but was intimidated. Your directions are wonderful. Thanks

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  2. Yippie! I LOVE your directions... and I am going out to purchase the stuff this weekend! I have 2 HUGE builder mirrors in my one bathroom that need serious help. Thank you for giving me the confidence to want to do it myself!

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  3. Good for you!!!, that really dresses it up.

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  4. I have analysis paralysis when it comes to remodeling. I LoVe your Trumeau treatment. I think I can do this with your directions. Also, would you please provide the name of your wall color? It is lovely.

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  5. Great outcome! I love the color of your walls as well.

    -Long Island Shower Doors

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  6. Very nice information about the bathroom mirror frame and frame design in your blog.
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