Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Framing the Bathroom Mirror

Hey, girls!!! We want to warmly welcome a very talented guest writer, Wendy, to the Project!...She turns a boring, old mirror into a chic and sassy one with only VELCRO...So, go get some Velcro and have your local hardware store cut the wood to the size you need and BAM! You've got a great new, stylish mirror and probably made the equity in your home go up, too! Yes! Don't you love that!

Hi everyone, I'm Wendy, my blog is Wendy's Favorite Things. I am so excited to visit today and share with you how to frame your bathroom mirror. You know the one, the big ugly sheet of glass hanging on your bathroom wall. It seems we pay attention to every other detail in the bathroom. The walls have a pretty coat of paint, we have matching towels, candles, nice jars of lotions, etc. I could go on, but you get the picture. Then we come to this

I know, it's not very attractive. It's so big and heavy and stuck to the wall. But what the heck can we do with it?

Well, for around $40 and a couple of hours the above mirror now looks like this.

It is so simple you will want to frame every mirror you own. I buy the little squares so I don't have to do a lot of angle cutting. By using the squares you can make a straight cut. Don't worry if you don't have a saw, my Home Depot has a saw right there in the trim aisle. Just take your measurements with you and cut them there, maybe you can find some nice young man to cut them for you.

Here you can see I have my board painted and cut to the length I need. Next I place my first square in the corner and attach it to the mirror with Velcro. IF you are wondering how well this sticks in a room full of steam, don't worry, I framed my mirror in the master bath several years ago and it is still attached.

This mirror is 4'x 3' and I used 5 feet of Velcro. They sell it at Home Depot and I think it was around $5 or $6 dollars. Make sure you buy the Velcro that has the sticky back.

Here's a tip, attach the two sides of Velcro together and stick to your trim. Then peel off the sticky paper and press your trim to the mirror.

Then just work your way around the mirror and when all the sides are done, you end up with this.

And there you have it. Now go out and buy some trim!

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  1. I'd like to try this . . .How do you keep the weight of the trim from eventually causing the stickum to give way???? I wouldn't want it to fall . . . I've used velcro with the sticky back to mount fabric blinds, but had a little trouble with it falling down ...did you use a staple gun to staple the non-sticky velcro to the wall? Sorry for so many questions . . .this looks like SUCH a GOOD idea, and it would save me from bothering my hubby with yet another project if I could do this myself :-) Love the look!!!!

  2. Oops . . . I get it now ...I'm slow... I'm supposed to be sticking this to the mirror NOT the wall....can't use staples ...Don't need you to answer after all...just wasn't thinking clearly...but I got it now, and will head to the hardware store soon! :-)

  3. This is VERY clever! I have to bookmark it for future use! I do love this blog. Thanks for inviting me to join it.

  4. Ok, I really want to do this!!! Was the trim work(framing) already stained or painted? It looks great. I can't believe the velcro will hold with all the humidity, but it looks good. My mirrors are huge, and I think this will give them such a better look.

  5. I LOVE this idea!! I have seen it done much more labor extensive, I LOVE the velcro idea! Now THAT is something I can see myself doing! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  6. Love, love, LOVE this idea! I am loving that you used velcro instead of nails or liquid nails b/c that would make it so much easier to remove if you ever wanted it gone.

    I see that one end butts up against a wall....what about the other end? Is the edge of the mirror noticable under the trim?


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