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How to Frame a Mirror?

March 8, 2010- From among all bathroom design ideas, hanging a bathroom mirror is perhaps the oldest one. A bathroom mirror is an essential bathroom furniture and a simple frame less mirror can also do. However, if you want your bathroom also to be beautiful (like the other parts of your home), you can always frame the bathroom mirror for instant and comparatively low budget bathroom remodeling. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to frame a mirror?

Materials Required

You will need the following things to frame the mirror of your bathroom.
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw
  • 4 ct. 1x6 boards
  • 2 ct. 1x4 boards that are three inches wide
  • 1x2 Trim
  • 5" Crown Molding
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wood Putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack Cloth
  • Primer
  • Paint and Paintbrush
  • Glue

Wooden Bathroom Mirror
Wooden Bathroom Mirror

Instruction for Framing a Mirror

Following steps should be followed to frame your bathroom mirror.
  • With the help of the measuring tape, measure the bathroom mirror.
  • Cut the 1x6 board into 4 pieces with the help of saw. Keep in mind the measurement of the mirror. Nail the pieces together to make the frame for the front of mirror.
  • Cut the 1x4 boards so that it fits the frame. Nail them into place on the sides of the frame for giving support.
  • Cut the 1x2 trim for the innermost trim. This trim is going to adorn the mirror and secure it in place. Carefully nail into place.
  • Top the frame with the 5" crown molding and nail into place.
  • If you see any nail holes, fill them with wood putty.
  • Let the mirror frame dry completely.
  • After the mirror frame dries out, sand the frame smoothly. Dust off using the tack cloth.
  • Now apply primer on the mirror frame and again let it dry completely.
  • After the primer gets dried, paint the frame with in choice of color with the help of the paintbrush.
  • Apply a strip of glue carefully onto the inside of the mirror frame.
  • Now carefully place the frame into place on the front of the mirror.
  • Wipe off any glue remains on the mirror frame.
Although this is a very easy DIY bathroom project, if you find it somewhat messy or you don't have time to do the project, you can always get mirror framing kits available in the market. However, before buying a framing kit, measure your mirror to get the right one for your bathroom mirror. Some mirror frames manufacturers also make mirror frames custom designed to fit your mirror. Yet other mirror companies sell prefabricated corner and side pieces to create a custom look for your mirror on a low budget. If you decide to buy a wooden mirror frame, you must read about the types of mirror frames available so that you could chose the mirror frame according to your taste and budget. For knowing all about wood framed mirrors, read Wooden Mirror Frames

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