DIY Apartment Bathroom Mirror Frame

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I don't usually do DIY/home decor posts, but this one was too good to pass up.  It's no secret that mirror frames are "in" right now.  You see them all over Pinterest (even if you're not looking for them) - there are tutorials everywhere.  I never really thought to put a frame on our mirror until we finally settled down in California.  Apartment mirrors all have something in common - they're tacky.  It's simply a slab of mirror with plastic tabs around the edge holding it to the wall - not very welcoming and warm.  So, I thought, HEY, I'll just look up a tutorial on Pinterest and my husband and I can put up a frame!  Easier said than done.
MostALL of the tutorials are for PERMANENT frame DIYs.  In other words, they're not for apartment dwellers who (unless they want to pay major money when they move out) need a solution that can easily be reversed.  The great thing about being married to an AWESOME loving Engineer is that whenever I want something done and I don't know how to do it, I just have to tell him about it and he'll spend hours trying to find a solution.

And in this case, he did.

We used the following key supplies for our project (all of which you can find at Lowe's):

  • Moulding

  • Miter Box & Saw

  • Black Spray Paint

  • Elmer's Wood Glue

  • Flat Washers

  • Command Velcro Strips

First we measured our mirror and cut the wood at 45 degrees to give us four pieces that would fit together nicely to make a frame.  We made it so that our frame lines up with the mirror - there's no overlap.

Next we lined our deck with trash bags and sprayed the wood with our black spray paint.  We let the moulding dry for an hour and then we turned it over and sprayed the other side.  We almost didn't do the second spray, but when you hold the wood up to the mirror, you can see the back side.

Once the paint had dried, we glued the pieces together and let it dry outside for about 30 minutes - we didn't use a clamp like the bottle suggests.

Back in the bathroom, we took off the plastic tabs that were on the mirror and replaced them with flat washers.  This allowed the frame to lie flat against the mirror -much easier solution than carving indents into the wood where the tabs would've been.

Once the wood glue had dried we bought out our commander strips and stuck two pairs of strips to each side of the back of the frame, removed the paper to reveal the sticky tape and then stuck the frame to the mirror and held it there for 30 seconds.

And this was the result!  Whenever we're ready to move, we'll "un-velcro" the frame from the mirror, pull the commander strip tabs off, replace the plastic tabs on the mirror and everything will go back to the way it was!

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