Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DIY $4 Framed Builder Mirror

I've gotten a few questions on how I did the frame around my mirror in my guest bathroom for 4 bucks. So, here's to you guys!...and the few others who might care :)

I framed my other guest bathroom's mirror last year. I did it with casing. I think it cost me about $20 or so. Maybe more. I can't remember. I remember thinking that if it cost me that much to do such a small mirror, my larger mirrors are going to cost a ton! So, I've held off doing them...until now :)
white bathroom

Since I was going the cheap route with my board and batten (tutorial here), I decided, "hey. I have a ton of left over 1x4s. Why not make a mirror?" They are super straight and lets face it...if I decided to do some fancypants molding around the mirror, it make look just a bit out of sorts with the rest of the bathroom. And, I wanted the bathroom done, like yesterday, so holding off to do the mirror wasn't an option. Plus spending a ton on molding, was also not an option. (bad grammar? lol. I got my point across :) )So I gave it a whirl with the 1x4s.

building mirror frame
 To start, I measured the mirror. Then I measured the 1x4s to those lengths. I cut them with a mitered edge. I couldn't afford to have the wood go outside of the mirror because of the wall, light fixture and counter, so I had my longest edge be the length of the sides so it fit right inside the mirrors edge. Does that make sense? I guess to sum it up, just measure then length on one side of the 1x4, use your miter saw, and have this mark be the longer edges side. Oh, and if you are starting with a new piece of wood, cut one edge mitered first, then measure, then cut again. Got it?

Next was to paint it. Paint the whole outside, and then about a quarter to a third of the back on the inside edge's side (the smaller length side). If you don't, the mirror will reflect just the bare wood. I guess if you like that look, no need to paint! lol
 For me, with the board and batten up. I had to make sure to not bring the boards all the way to mirror so this would work, therefor I have about an inch gap, shown above.
building mirror frame
 I nestled those 1x4 babies right in there. Luckily with the board and batten on two sides, and the counter on the bottom, I was able to place all of these on the mirror first without securing them to see how they looked and if my cuts were off or not. They weren't. At least not much enough to care :)

Once I knew that it would work. I used some waterproof silicone and placed a good zigzag line on each board. Don't have the zag go to high, or else you'll be able to see that in the mirror reflection also. You can see how I did it here on this tutorial.

Then to finish, I placed painters tape all along the mirror to hold in place while it dried. Left it there for about a day in a half or so.
diy mirror frame
 Once I felt that it was safe, the tape came off! I love how this finished off the bathroom. With it being a 1x4, it of course has its natural character, which I love! It goes great with the rest of the room.

This is the before of the mirror:
 And the after, all nice and finished::
diy mirror frame
And that's what $4 can do for your mirror! lol. And I guest what $15 can do for your whole bathroom if you include the $11 board and batten :) Don't you love cheap projects?
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15 comments:

  1. I kept wanting to do this in our last house to all the giant builder-grade mirrors in the bathrooms. We're renting now, but once we own again I'll be doing this for sure! Great instructions!
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  2. Did your mirror have the small metal clasps at the top and bottom. I believe mine has 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom and I'm not sure what I should do with these? Just wondering if you had them and if you put the wood right over them or had to remove them. Thanks!!

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  3. I have those same builder mirrors in my home. This is the perfect solution, thank you!!

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  4. Love this and your other mirror tutorial. I have the same problem in our double sinked master bath. I so want to frame that puppy!

    Question: "I dont have a miter saw. Do you think if I took the measurements the hardware store where I by the casing would cut it for me? Then I could paint it afterward?

    Heather: I have the same things in my downstairs powder room. I believe those hold the mirror up so they cannot be removed. Not sure if you can put wood over those. I may have to replace that mirror entirely. But mine is oval so would not work with this anyway.

    Thanks

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    1. Thank you! I don't think that the hardware stores offer miter cuts -that makes it a precision cut which I know they don't do. You can buy a cheap saw and miter box and do the same thing though! or you can just not have it miter cut at all and have a straight edge. If you do it this way, just fill in the seam with some wood putty, sand and paint. You won't even be able to tell!

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  5. That looks awesome for a $4 project. Thanks for sharing your inspired idea!!

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  6. I'm jealous! looks so beautiful! Next time we do board and batten, I am definitely using your idea instead of MDF!!!!!! THanks. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  7. This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love this!! I'm totally going to do it. I found you through House of Hepworths. I'm definitely following your blog. =)

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  9. Totally doing this...thanks!

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  10. I love your bathroom, you should consider painting the vanity black. With the tan and white and your counter top it will really make it pop. I love what your are doing with your house.
    Thanks for sharing

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  11. I just love this. I have the mirrors like that too, and plan to add the frame. Thanks, very inspiring.

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  12. I LOVE this bathroom reno!! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my bathroom and think that this post offers a lot of inspiration. Thank you so much!!! I LOVE this blog!!!

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  13. This is the frame I need for very similar quest bath. Thanks so much.

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