My husband and I have been hard at work transforming our master bathroom into the vision we had when we first built the house. I recently shared how we painted the room and put up a gorgeous custom roman shade from Blinds.com-it made a huge difference in the feel of the room but the next thing on our list was to frame out the mirror. Here is the mirror before:
I debated getting a ready made frame kit but I’m too
cheap frugal so we decided to DIY it. (of course)
We bought three 8′ sections of basic molding at the hardware store for less than $40. My husband measured our mirror and cut the molding into four pieces using the miter saw set at a 45 degree angle. (We used a simple miter box which was less than $15 to make the cuts)
We wanted the molding to match the cabinets so we decided to try Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Be sure to paint botht the back and front as you’ll see a little of the reflection of the back once you have your frame up.
Once we had prepared the molding we were ready to put it up. We had mirror mastic as I had seen recommended on other blogs but it was not holding the frame at all. I tried to tape the frame in place as well but-nope-still wasn’t working. So I poured myself a glass of wine and got to googling! I found this tutorial from Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality (she’s fabulous by the way!) and grabbed my glue gun to help us out!
The glue gun worked fabulously to hold the molding in place so the mastic could dry. My husband would apply the mastic to the back fo the molding then I would quickly put hot glue at the corners and at intervals along the length (being careful to get neither too close to the edge) and he would put the molding up quickly before the hot glue dried while I grabbed the level to check it…we were like a well-oiled machine and once we figured it out we had the entire thing up in 15 minutes!
We didn’t have to caulk the gaps but if your edges don’t match up perfectly you can apply paintable caulk and then paint it to match your molding.
Here is the before and after, what a difference it made!
Have you framed out any mirrors in your home? I was so nervous to do this and kept putting it off but it was really so easy and inexpensive and made a huge impact!