Want to upgrade that builder basic mirror? I'll show you how to frame a mirror in minutes, without removing the existing mirror from the wall!
During demolition of our basement bathroom, I removed two side mirrors from the vanity area. The one that remained was a basic plate glass mirror that was glued to the wall. Boring! With the help of MirrorMate, I was able to create a gorgeous custom framed mirror, without removing the existing mirror!
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Although our existing mirror was boring, it was perfectly sized to fit on the back wall of the vanity. There was no way I was going to find a new mirror that would work in that space without it looking awkward.
Thankfully, MirrorMate saved the day! I ordered samples of all the finishes that might work with my bathroom remodel, and settled on their classic Chelsea Brushed Bronze style. They quickly shipped me a custom mirror frame just in time to finish off my vanity!
Take Careful Measurements
After taking measurements at several points around the frame, I input my results into MirrorMate's handy printable guide sheet.
Based on these dimensions, MirrorMate will create a custom frame just for you! If you have any extra space around your existing mirror, you may want to add a little extra to cover the edges. I had a tiny bit of wiggle room, so I decided to add ⅛" to the top and left side to fill in the small gap and hide the mirror edge completely.
Assemble Your Mirror Frame
Assembling your custom mirror frame couldn't be easier! You don't even need any tools! The directions included in the package walk you through the entire process.
These lightweight frames are made from MDF, and the unfinished edges may show at the corners if they're not lined up perfectly. But there's an easy fix! Color in the edges with a permanent marker in a matching color so the seam blends perfectly. You're sure to find the right color in this pack, even if your frame is metallic!
Lay out your frame as it will go up on the wall, with the back facing up. Mine were labeled "top" and "bottom" for me, so I didn't even have to pull out the tape measure!
Protect your work surface in case any glue squeezes out. Apply glue evenly to each corner.
Then connect the two pieces together with the included hardware. These little bowtie pieces fit in the holes in the back of the frame to hold the corner tightly together.
Allow the glue to dry for at least 30 minutes before handling the frame.
Install the Frame on the Mirror
Each piece of the custom mirror frame comes with an adhesive strip already attached to the back. Pull back each end of the strips a few inches, then fold them in towards the center of the frame.
Your frame is ready to go onto the mirror when it looks like this.
Place a bubble level within arm's reach of the mirror to be framed before you start. The adhesive is really sticky, and it's hard to move once it's stuck on there!
Carefully pick up your glued frame with two hands and carry it over to your mirror. If you have a particularly large mirror, you may want to have a helper hold it in place.
With all the adhesive strip paper facing towards the center of the mirror, lightly press the frame in place. Use the bubble level to make sure everything is straight.
Now, gently pull the ends of the paper strips out from behind the frame. Check that it's level one last time, then firmly press the frame to the mirror all the way around.
Enjoy Your New Custom Framed Mirror!
This was by far the easiest project in my entire bathroom remodel! It really elevated the vanity from builder basic to a custom look. I love how the copper accents in the frame can be found all around the room, from the towel racks to the little succulent pot!
A huge thank you to MirrorMate for helping me create a custom framed mirror for my bathroom! I can't imagine what it would look like without it!
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