That's exactly what I did when I framed out my ever so boring bathroom mirror. I did a sneak preview reveal of the overall look back here. But, really, I glossed over the entire reason the project started ... the mirror!
When we moved in, we were told the standard builder grade mirror MUST be installed for some elaborate code defense. Candidly in hindsight, this was a move the builder pulled so I wouldn't push him for another necessary upgrade and Dear Hubs wouldn't tell him we need a discount :). For years, I masked the basic mirror with a semi cool floating mirror hung over the existing backdrop. I liked it, but it was ....well, busy.
I must pause and note here that this work item just didn't rank on Dear Hubs list. One thing is certain, that man is a talented handy. But, if he doesn't value the project he will get to it ... never. So, with options of outsourcing the fiasco of ripping down the wall and framing it myself without Dear Hubs, I voted for option 2.
And when Dear Hubs was away, I swooped into action! I have previously evaluated the frame options and settled that the kits you can buy are overpriced. The same look could be accomplished with some supplies from my fave big orange store (Home Depot). The best tip I can offer ... a standard door frame kit solves all of your problems and makes this a snap!
That's right, gals! Instead of bringing home giant pieces of framing wood and worrying about all sorts of what ifs, I simply bought a framed door casing kit for under $20. Here's exactly how I did it... saw and all!
Here's how I did it.
For a standard, single sink bathroom mirror size - adjust as needed.
- One standard door casing. This includes corner fenials and trim.
- A saw to cut to size
- Tape measure
- Liquid nails - note, I tried wood glue ... don't waste your time!
How I did it:
1. Start by measuring. I'm terrible at details, so I measure 85 times and cut once instead of the old addage to measure twice and cut once! You will want to reduce the piece of trim length by the size of the fenials.
2. Cut the wood. I used a super simple miter saw. I've learned that these tools LOOK intimidating but are SO EASY. And, you feel so cool when you use them :).
3. Once all pieces are cut, you begin by laying out your rectangle form; fenials in corners and four straight sides.
4. Smooth out the edges with a little sand paper, then start glueing. Warning, I started with wood glue to join the pieces together. Truth be told, the south is too sticky humid in the summer and this stuff just isn't strong enough so it didn't do much in the way of drying to a firm hold. I peeled it apart and cleaned it off, then opted for my trusty Liquid Nails. I swear, what would I do without this stuff???
7. To hang, just simply smush (yes, smush) the velcro side to the existing wall hung mirror. Note, this is when it's important that you put some color coverage on the back; you will see that the color shows in the reflection a bit. Voila... framed!