If you want to spruce up and enhance your bathroom mirror without having to spend money on a new one, you can easily make your own frame and glue it around the mirror.
It might sound difficult, but it’s actually quite a simple process once you have gathered all the tools you require. You can also make it a fun project by building the frame with a family member or friend.
Follow the steps below to find out how to make a DIY frame. Let’s start building!
Gather the Tools
First of all, you should gather all the tools that you will need to make the frame. Look at the list below and feel free to use it as a checklist. You will need:
- Wooden boards
- Wood glue
- Paint or wood stain
- Miter or table saw
- Measuring tape
- Screws and nails
- Safety equipment (gloves, glasses, mask)
Figure out a good place to work. A garage or empty storage room would be a good idea so that you don’t disturb too many things around you. However, if there are objects or furniture in the room that need to be covered, make sure you do so with a cloth or plastic sheet to prevent any dust from getting onto them.
Gather all your tools in one place. Make sure you protect yourself using safety glasses, gloves and a mask so that you don’t end up inhaling or taking in any of the dust. This could be potentially harmful, so ensure that you cover yourself up appropriately. Use earplugs as well if you think you require them.
You can also wear full-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your skin.
In addition, if you need help, gather a family member or friend to help you out as it might become difficult to manage all the steps on your own.
Measure and Cut the Wood
After gathering all the tools and preparing the area, you should measure the size of the mirror as well as determine the dimensions of the frame. Once you have chalked out this plan, you can start cutting up the wooden boards using a saw.
Since you need to seamlessly install the frame against the mirror, you could carve out a notch that will fit the thickness of the mirror. However, this notch is not a requirement; you can also simply make sure that you glue the frame firmly enough.
Make sure you follow the correct dimensions and angles at the edges of the boards (45 degrees) so that you don’t have a hard time attaching the frame together. For this angling, it might be best to go with a miter saw to cut the wood well.
Once you are done, hold the four frames against the mirror to check if you need to change or refine any of the cuttings. This will let you confirm if you are satisfied with the boards so that there are no issues during the final mounting.
Sand the Boards
The next step is to sand the wooden boards using high-quality sandpaper. Check the grit of the sandpaper before you buy it so that you can conveniently use it on the wood. You can also combine rougher and finer sandpaper if you want to add a nice finish at the end.
Make sure you sand the front-facing sides of the frames thoroughly along with the edges. This will smoothen out the wood not only to make it look better but also to prepare it for finishing up. Sand the backs as well in a way that all sides of the frame are even enough. This will also make it easier to nail or attach them to the wall.
Do this until the surface is smooth enough and you are satisfied with the result and how it looks and feels.
Add Stain or Paint
After sanding, you can add some finishing touches by painting or staining the wooden frames using wood paint or stain. If you need to buy paint and stain, do enough research so that you ensure its durability, smoothness and protection on the wood.
You can also match this with the other colors and aesthetic of your bathroom so that the frame complements everything else nicely. Using a good brush, add one or two coats depending on the look that you are going for. Remember to paint all four sides of the frames well.
Once this is done, you will need to dry these boards for a sufficient period of time. Leave these for a few hours (or even overnight) until they dry completely.
Mount and Attach the Frame
You can either nail the frames onto the wall around the mirror or simply use a strong adhesive to glue them onto it. You can also do both if you don’t feel confident enough with one or the other.
However, make sure that it is safe to do this by first checking the wall and wallpaper.
To nail the wood, drill holes into the wall and the frame and attach and tighten the screws. You can also add caulk or adhesive beforehand to firmly seal them onto the wall and against the mirror.
If you only want to glue them, make sure you apply good amounts of the adhesive to the back end of the frame as well as to the edges that will face the mirror. Dab some of this adhesive onto the edges that will meet the adjacent frame as well. You can also use caulk for this purpose to merge the edges.
This will ensure that all the frames stay in place without any gaps between them. If you like the gaps and the appearance that they add to the frame, then that is completely okay too! You can simply forego the caulk in such a case.
Hold It in Place
After the entire mounting and attaching process is complete, you will need to hold all the frames in place for approximately ten minutes. You must do this until you are sure that the adhesive has completely dried off. If it is still wet, it might end up sliding off the wall, especially if you haven’t used any nails.
You will certainly need a helping hand or two for this so that all the frames are held up as well as for some additional support (and conversation) in case you get tired.
You can also stick some tape across the frames and onto the wall so that the frames get some extra support. However, make sure that the tape you use is appropriate for the wood and the wall so that it doesn’t end up removing any layers. For instance, blue tape might be a good option if you plan on doing this.
Leave this tape on for a few hours for sturdiness. You can then remove it once you are confident that the frame will hold itself firmly.
There you have it! Those were all the steps that you need to follow to make a do-it-yourself frame for your bathroom mirror. Doing this will add a nice finish to the mirror while also enhancing the appeal of your bathroom in terms of the rest of the decor.
Remember to do your own research about the tools as well before you gather them all up. Don’t forget to protect yourself while making the frame to ensure that harmful chemicals do not end up in your body.
Once it is all done, all you need to do is admire your handiwork and enjoy the view.