When we remodeled our master bathroom, I was faced with a choice. Should I remove the existing, huge, but boring builder’s grade mirror or should I upgrade it? If you’ve read this blog before, you can probably guess that I’m pretty cheap, so of course I chose to keep it. Why spend money on something that I didn’t need to? We decided to frame it out instead. I’ve seen lots of tutorials online where people frame around the existing mirror. It looks okay, but I really wanted my mirror to sit inside the frame to give it a more professional, finished look and to hide the bevelled edge of the mirror. Now, I could have used regular wood trim and cut out a lip for my mirror, but I had something even better. Wood flooring. I didn’t realize it at the time, but wood flooring is the perfect choice for framing a mirror. The “groove” side of the tongue and groove flooring is already grooved. If you remove the bottom portion of wood that forms the groove, you’re left with the perfect lip that fits a builder’s grade mirror perfectly. Confused? Let me explain. Here’s how to frame a mirror with wood flooring:
This was my bathroom mirror before our upgrade. It is huge and replacing it would have been very expensive. But, I hated how plain it looked.
We had a bunch of extra wood flooring left over from our home flooring project (future post), so I decided to use it to frame the mirror, because A) I’m cheap, B) it was (sort of) free, and C) I hate spending money.
First, I cut the “tongue” off of my flooring pieces that I chose for my mirror.
Next, I cut off the back portion of wood on the “groove” side of my flooring. If you remove the back portion, you’re left with a perfect lip to place your mirror in.
Then, I sanded and painted my wood. I used a black lacquer because I was going for an Asian-inspired look in my bathroom. When you paint the wood, make sure to paint the backside of the lip (see above) because the mirror will reflect this and you’ll be able to tell if it’s not painted.
Remove the plastic clips from your mirror and install the wood. We used a nail gun and I recommend that route. A laser level can help you hit the studs, which you should try to do. I covered my nail holes and painted over the holes.
That’s it. Because we were going for a minimalist design and because our mirror took up the entire width of the wall, I only installed two pieces of wood, along the top and bottom. You can tell what a difference this simple addition made. However, you could easily miter your corners and use this method to install a frame around the entire outside of your mirror.
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