We just recently remodeled our girls bathroom a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with you some of the things we did so that you can do them in your own homes. By adding a few inexpensive updates, you can totally change the look of the room. And, most of the changes we made are so easy you can do it too. One of the biggest and easiest changes can be updating your builder grade mirror into a framed mirror. A simple and easy DIY mirror project that anyone can do!
One of the projects we finished was the remodel of our girls bathroom. This bathroom is sure to become one of the busiest rooms in the house in the near future and it was in need of a makeover.
Here is the before picture.
Pretty boring and blah color huh?!…what was I thinking? LOL!
There are a few different things we did that I will share a “how to” for, but today I want to share with you how to frame around your basic “builder’s grade” mirror.
This mirror in particular is a large beast. It is ten feet long…yes, you read that right. So there was no way we would replace this one by buying another one like we did here. We were going to have to frame in this mirror ourselves.
So we bought some baseboard at our local Home Improvement store in 12 foot lengths. Then after measuring the mirror we cut two lengths to measure 10 feet. We made sure that the outer edge of the top of the frame also measured 10 feet. Then we cut the ends of the baseboard at a 45 degree angle on our compound saw.
The height of our mirror was about 38 inches and so we cut the other two lengths to that same measurement and also cut these at a 45 degree angle.
Then when all the cuts were made, we laid out the baseboard on cardboard boxes in the garage and painted them with our white paint. We ended up doing two coats of paint. We also made sure to paint halfway down the back of the baseboard. **This is really important! The mirror will reflect the other side of the baseboard and you don’t want the unpainted surface showing.
Then we glued the bottom piece of the frame directly onto the mirror with white silicone and held it into place firmly for a few minutes.
Then we taped the frame to the mirror to give it some added reinforcement to prevent it from moving. Then we let the bottom frame dry overnight to ensure it was firmly in place. (I don’t know if this was necessary, but since our mirror was so large and the wood frame fairly heavy, we didn’t want to take any chances).
Then the next day we glued the other three frame peices into place (the 2 side pieces and the top). We used tape to hold these into place as well.
Then when the frame had dried, we filled the corner cracks with putty and then sanded it down. Then we primed and repainted just the corners of the frame and it was finished!
I LOVE how great the mirror looks. It changes the look of the whole bathroom. The mirror looks like a custom made piece and is a HUGE improvement from the builders grade mirror we had before.
This is such an easy, fairly inexpensive change that anyone who is looking for a more updated look can do! (Our mirror did have small clips holding the mirror to the wall and we just put the frame right on top of them with no problem).
There are a few other projects within this bathroom that I will share with you…look for them…coming soon!
**Go here to learn how to Make the Shelf!