Guest Bathroom: DIY Mirror Frame

Guest Bath Final 3

Do you ever wake up and decide you just can’t take the way a rooms looks anymore? And when you get this feeling, you cannot wait another minute, you must do something about it right now at this very moment? Maybe I am the only one… but, this recently happened to me with the guest bathroom. I got to the point where I felt like something drastic needed to happen, this room needed a facelift and I was ready to give it one. This poor excuse for a guest bath has been the dumbing ground for old shower curtains, ugly standard hardware and boring paint colors, it was lacking life and personality.

Mike and I decided to give it some love and do a few updates to bring this guest bathroom back to life. We gave it fresh coat of paint, a new shower curtain and rod, upgraded hardware and built a custom frame to finish the mirror. It truly is amazing how a few little changes can make such a huge impact.

towel holder(Hardware Shown Above: Delta Amaya Collection)

Changing out the shower curtain, hardware and painting the space was all very easy and basic, but if you are looking to provide a cost-effective solution to finishing off an exposed mirror I’d highly recommend doing what we did, here’s how:

How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror:

1. Decide on the molding style – it took us a while to figure out which style we liked best and which one we wanted to move forward with, but we finally found the perfect style at Lowes.

2. Measure the mirror and determine how you want the molding to sit – we decided to hang it off the edge of the mirror on three sides, where there was space to adhere it to the wall.

before with paint 2

3. Cut the pieces with 45 degree angles – this gives it a clean seamless transition. framed mirror with tape 2(I forgot to take pictures while we were cutting, but you can see the finished look a 45 degree angle cut provides)

4. Adhere it to the wall/mirror – for the areas were only part of the mirror was covered we nailed it to the drywall. For the bottom piece that was completely adhered to the mirror, we used Liquid Nails, it works similar to caulk.

framed mirror close up

5. Fill in the holes and tape the edges – take some wood filler and fill in the nail holes, let it sit for a while and then sand it down. I sanded the entire frame, because I wanted to ensure it was smooth and didn’t have any rough areas.

frame mirror with tape

6. Prime and paint it – once I finished sanding it, I wiped it down with a wet rag, and began priming the frame. I only did one coat, but went back over the molding with a light sand paper. I did two coats of white high gloss paint and sanded it between coats to give a nice smooth finish.

primed mirror

7. Caulk the inside – once we pulled the tape off, there were a few edges that were a little rough and needed to be taken off with a razor. Since it was a little jagged and I wanted a cleaner finish, we took white caulk and beaded the inside line around  the mirror.

first coat

It’s amazing how these simple and cost-effective updates made a huge impact to the guest bathroom. I am so much happier now!

Before: guest bath before

After:Guest Bath Final 2 Bathroom Paint Color: Behr Ocean Pearl  Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 11.43.35 AM

Until the next itch to randomly paint and update a room, Happy Tuesday!

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