How to Frame A Mirror

I found the idea on Pinterest first. (Of course.) It was a project every single blog I read swore was super simple, super fast, and super cheap. I will admit that I did not really believe them. Most of the these bloggers do DIY projects all the time. Several of them make their living running a DIY blog. J's and my own DIY skills are somewhat lacking! We have made vast improvments though in the past three years. So it was with a somewhat skeptical heart that J and I entered Lowe's on Saturday morning.

Our shopping list:
4 pieces of trim
Liquid Nails (FOR MIRRORS!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
A miter saw kit

Total Cost: Under 30 dollars!

Well so far, the bloggers were right, it was cheap. Now, to test the fast and easy.

Step 1:
Measure your mirror. Twice. Maybe even three times.

Step 2: Cut your trim to fit the length of your mirror. The end should be cut at a 45 degree angle. You will use the miter saw kit for this. We picked ours up at Lowe's for 8 bucks! It comes with a hand saw and a yellow thing that helps you cut on an angle.

Step 3: If you chose to buy unfinished trim, make sure you paint the back! You will be able to see a small reflection from the back of the trim in the mirror. We actually bought the kind that was already white front and back. We did, however, do one coat of the same white we painted the cabinets, trim, and door just to make sure it matched.

Step 4: If your mirror is hanging on the walls with clips, change them out with washers. We changed one clip at a time. You take the clip off and slide the washer over the screw. This will keep your mirror mounted on the wall without having a big gap where the clip would have been. If you are lucky enough that your mirror is actually glued to your wall, skip this step. (Technical note, J had to put a few craft sticks (popsicle) behind the screw because the washer was not flat. He felt it was better supported that way. It looked horrible, but you obviously can't see it now.)

Step 5: Place the Liquid Nails on the trim. Make sure it says MIRROR! We found this out the hard way. The first time we put the trim up we used Liquid Nails Project, and they did not adhere. We had to go back to Lowe's on Sunday to get the correct kind. Our stupidity will save you from making this mistake!
When putting the Liquid Nails on the trim, be mindful of where the trim will actually be placed. A lot of the tutorials we read said to put the adhesive in the middle of the trim, but the kind we chose had a ridge, so the middle was lower than the sides. For us, it did not make sense to put the glue there. J put it closer to the edge, and we wiped/scraped off any runover.

Step 6: Hold the piece in place for a few minutes to let it set.
We chose to glue directly onto the mirror. Again, this was due to the shape of the trim we chose, the width of our mirror, and the size constraints of the bathroom.

Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have created your frame!
You can see the Liquid Nail location if you look at the reflection.

You can see our craft stick situation if you look at the top center of this picture!

Step 8: Caulk the seams. This gives the frame a really polished look. It fills in the seams to make it look more like one piece.

Step 9: Enjoy your pretty framed mirror!

Feel free to leave comments or email me if you have any questions!

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