2.23.2015

You've Been Framed! - Framing out our mirrors DIY style

Before we begin, let me show you the progress we made before framing the mirrors...

GUEST BATHROOM BEFORE:
 unpainted cabinets, old fixtures, old backsplash, no cabinet hardware


  1. First, we had our mirrors cut down a bit because we didn't want them to be wall to wall. We took it to our local glass company, and it was only a few dollars per mirror to get that done.
  2. We then added construction adhesive to the back of the mirror, pressed it into place, and then used washers and screws to hold it in place while our glue dried (if you still have your original mirror clips, those will work too). Be careful not to tighten the screws too tightly or the mirror might crack...like ours did in our guest bathroom. : (  Thankfully it cracked near the side, so we just made a wider frame.


 3. Next, we measured our mirrors. I chose to go with longer planks across the top & bottom and shorter planks on the side because I wanted to aoid mitered corners if possible. They are hard to get perfect, which is not a big deal if you are going to be able to caulk it and paint it, but I wanted to stain ours instead (I used Minwax special walnut stain..the same stain I used for our coffee table a while back. It gives a nice older wood look and then sanded the edges a bit).
4. After I stained & sanded the planks we got, 
we used the same adhesive to attach the planks to the mirror.
5. Use painters tape to secure the boards in place while the adhesive dries 
(I forgot to take a picture of this- sorry)


AFTER:
 

 SIDE BY SIDE:


 Now for the MASTER BATHROOM BEFORE:
with vinyl flooring, unpainted cabinets, different lighting & faucets,  and mirror unframed
 with backsplash and mirror removed
 Making progress
backsplash removed, patched, repainted walls, painted cabinets, cabinet hardware, & new fixtures
 

Progress with a slightly trimmed down mirror
(We did that soon after we moved in, but I just took this recently, that's why the picture looks junky because we are getting ready to frame the mirror right after I took this.)

THE PROCESS (HOW TO)
We did our master bath mirror a bit differently.
We built the frame before attaching it to the mirror.
We attached the planks together on the back using a flat silver 
like this:




 Dasun found a scrap piece of wood that would help support our frame from the bottom while it dried (which you can see in the picture below) since it was heavier and it worked so well. We also used a washer and a long screw at the top to secure the top while it dried (see further below).

 (washer and screw to support the frame while drying, but is later removed)

AFTER:



SIDE BY SIDE:

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