DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame

Living in an old house is wonderful. There’s so much character that comes from vintage style architecture. Our 50’s pink tile bathroom certainly does not fall short in this department. I did a little research on the pink tile bathrooms and found out some interesting facts. Mamie Eisenhower, first lady from 1953 to 1961 is solely responsible for all the pink tile bathrooms in America built in the 50’s. Her husband being a military man before becoming president moved around because of his job, so every new home they had Mamie decorated in her favorite color. So when Ike Eisenhower became president and they moved into the white house, Mamie redecorated and the white house got the nickname, “Pink Palace.” This is when people across America were inspired to adopt the pink bathroom look.

Anyways, enough history… since our bathroom is pink, I wanted to make all the accents white to tone it down and class it up. Also, there is a little rust damage on our bathroom mirror by the sink so I wanted to hide it somehow. After a few hours on pinterest I found a diy bathroom mirror frame project, which sounded like the perfect solution to my problem.

So here’s what I did.

What you will need:
Molding to fit your frame
Corner molding pieces
Kilz spray paint (as your primer)
Semi-gloss spray paint (the top coat)
Sandpaper
Glass adhesive and caulk gun
Painters Tape

1. Cut the molding to fit your mirror. Ours was 3′ x 8′ which made this project more expensive than I thought it would be.

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Before: the mirror and my man

2. Sand the molding with very fine sand paper. Our mirror is held on with little clips so the glass surface was not perfectly flat. If this is the case for you, you need to carve out indents so that the molding will lay completely flat on your mirror once finished.

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Measuring where we need to carve out for the mirror clips

3. Prime the molding. If your using raw wood than you must seal it before painting, especially if it’s going in a wet bathroom. Make sure to cover both side of the molding. The guy at Home Depot recommended Kilz because it seals the wood better than normal primer.

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Here you can see where we carved out space from the molding for the mirror clips

4. Paint the wood. Use Semi-gloss or gloss spray paint for your top coat. You don’t need to pant the back of the molding with the paint since it’s sealed with primer.

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I needed two cans of primer since I painted so many feet of molding

5. Now that everything is dry you can glue it to your mirror and finish your project. Make sure to have a level ready to assist in gluing your molding on. After gluing the molding we also taped it with painters tape to make sure it would stay while it dried.

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Glued on, drying with tape

I think the result is fabulous! The frame hides the rust and looks so fancy in our bathroom.

 

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After: this is how it turned out!

This project costed around $70 (mostly because of the amount of molding we needed) and definitely took some time with painting the multiple layers and then carving out the space where the mirror clips were. But I definitely think it was worth the work.

If you decide to try this, let me know how it goes for you!

Until next time,
-Julia

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