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How to Update A Boring Bathroom, Part Three: Framing Out A Plain Bathroom Mirror

Updated on February 27, 2015

The Ugly Bathroom Mirror

I know you have it...or have at least seen it...that big rectangle or square of glass stuck to your wall behind your bathroom vanity. Ugh! Where's the style in that? You might as well be standing in a gas station restroom or the bathroom of a Motel 6! As part of my big fat bathroom redo, I started with what I hoped would be the easiest part...redoing the vanity area. I had painted the faded-out wood on my vanity base, removed the old countertop and replaced it with a beautiful new one and now I was ready for a little quick and easy project. That giant frameless mirror was a definite eyesore. I couldn't leave it looking all ugly like that, but it wasn't in the budget for two new pretty framed mirrors since I have a double sink vanity.  I had seen the kits where you could buy the moulding and everything all in one and frame out your ugly mirror that way, but thought they were awfully expensive.  So I decided to do it myself, create my own kit, and save money.

Fluted Moulding
Fluted Moulding

Mirror Framing Supplies

 Here's the supply list for this project:

  • decorative moulding
  • four decorative corner caps
  • heavy duty double sided tape
  • scissors
  • miter saw or hand saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • paint of your choice
  • paintbrush, if you don't use spray paint
  • paintable caulk


I measured all sides of the mirror and added up the measurements to determine how many feet of moulding I would need to go around the entire mirror. Back to the home improvement store which was beginning to be like my second home, I bought two pieces of fluted moulding and four decorative squares for each corner. Since I'm a cheater and not very good at making mitered corners with moulding, this would insure that all I would have to do is make straight cuts. I also bought some heavy duty double-sided tape to stick the moulding to the mirror.  I actually found it in the mirror section of my home improvement store and it's made for that purpose and let me tell you, it really works!

I took my moulding home and measured again, (measure twice, cut once!) and made straight cuts with my miter saw. You need to take into account the size of your corner blocks as well, so if your mirror is five feet long and your corner blocks are 4" square, subtract, 8" from your total. I sprayed it all down, including the decorative blocks with a gloss spray paint in Leather Brown, a beautiful dark, rich color that has a nice sheen to it. Using the double-sided tape, I ran lines all around the mirror. I peeled off the protective paper and stuck the corner blocks to the tape lines on the mirror first.  I then squeezed in the moulding.  I cut it very close, so I wouldn't have a big gap between the moulding and the corner blocks. It worked great! I still had to caulk the joint, because there was a little gap, but I used paintable caulk and touched it up with a little of the spray paint on a paint brush.  My only issue was I could see the unpainted top edge of the lower piece of moulding reflected in the mirror, so I had to take it down and paint the back as well!  The double sided tape stayed sticky enough that I could just stick the piece of moulding right back up.  It really made the mirror look amazing and so much more expensive!

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    • DIYweddingplanner profile image

      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      You're right, Koffee. I'd love to see this done in twigs or mosaic tile, even stones!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think framing out your bathroom mirror is a wonderful idea. You can make it upscale or rustic - or whatever style you choose.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, Truckstop. It was one of the easiest and biggest impact projects I've done.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I am impressed! I have seen those, and they are expensive. You are very clever to create one (2) yourself.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, Pamela. This is an easy one for first time do-it-yourselfers!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I love this idea also. Great instructions.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Thanks, Hanna...just one more opportunity for you to be Helpful!

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      Helpful Hanna 6 years ago

      Framing a bathroom mirror is a great idea I never considered. Thanks!