Farmhouse Mirror Frame {DIY}

img_1915-1Mirrors draw attention in bathrooms. I mean, everyone that walks in is most likely going to look at it…that’s what they are there for! When we were on the “blow up the entire master bathroom and start over” kick (oh you missed that part? Read about it here), I had great ideas of ripping down our rectangular builder grade mirror and replacing it with two pretty round mirrors over each sink. Two things…mirrors are expensive and patching drywall is really not that fun. Can you imagine the mess I would have made ripping this thing down? So…why not keep the darn thing and jazz it up a bit!? A few brainstorming and pinterest-ing sessions later and voila! The farmhouse mirror frame was born. It’s like a whole new mirror but at a fraction of the cost. Twenty-five buckaroos to be exact. 

So how did I make this beauty? Stick around because I am about to give you the scoop!

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Let’s get to work!

{Step One}

Measure your mirror! I measured length and width of my mirror and then added about another 1/4in onto each measurement. I wanted my frame to be slightly larger than my mirror so it overlapped nicely and you couldn’t see the old mirror hanging out underneath.

{Step Two}

Next, cut your wood to fit your measurements. I wanted the corners of my frame to be 45dg angles so I used a compound miter saw and made my cuts. Always measure twice and cut once to avoid mistakes! Or…in my case, I measure like 17 times before making a cut because I know myself.

{Step Three}

img_0926Lay our your boards in a large space to make sure your angles line up! I used my back deck because it was a nice sunny day. Clearly Luna loves my frame. When you are happy with your measurements and cuts, sand the edges to make them smooth. Flip your pieces so any weird markings or knots in the wood are ugly side UP for the next step. This will be the back of your frame!

{Step Four}

Attach your corners using liquid nails and a staple gun! Yes, it sounds weird, but I swear it held up so well! Liquid nails tells you to put glue on both pieces you are gluing together, so I did. I then held the pieces smooshed together and my husband used the staple gun to staple the edges for extra support. You can see this close up in the imagine below.img_0928

{Step Five}

Flip your frame back over to your pretty side once the glue is dry. Stain your frame! I like to use an old t-shirt and work the stain into the wood going WITH the grain. For this I wanted it to be pretty dark so I didn’t wipe much off and let it dry. Sorry I didn’t take a lot of pictures of this part…I think I was just so excited with how it was turning out I didn’t think to document it!

{Step Six}

Spray your L-brackets with the Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint. Really you could use any paint you like, but this stuff is so smooth and I love a matte finish. Attach them with the screws provided to each corner.  I didn’t get technical about measurements for this…I just eye-balled it and I’d like to think it looks pretty good!

**A little tip to help spray paint the ends of the screws, puncture them into a cardboard box so the ends are sticking up, paint and let them dry like that. No mess!

{Step Seven}

Hang your frame! Okay, you WILL need two people for this, unless you have some serious wing span. First, we held the frame up the mirror to see how it fit. We then tipped the frame down and use a TON of liquid nails on the back. I mean it, don’t be shy! Be ready to wipe off excess with a paper towel. We used the kind that dries clear. I highly recommend that. Press your frame up to your mirror really well. Liquid nails is pretty fast drying, but its not like super glue so you have a few minutes to adjust the frame until you like where it is. Work your way around the outside of the frame using painters tape to tape it up there. Make the tape tight! You want it really flush with the mirror.img_0975Once we got the frame up there, we realized the bottom of the frame wasn’t completely flush with the mirror. I wasn’t going to stand there for 24 hours while it cured holding it in place. We had to prop it somehow. Curtain rods to the rescue! They wouldn’t quite reach the half-wall next to the tub, so I got our kitchen stools and jammed them in there too. See?img_0976Now that the frame was up there and held tight, we let it dry overnight until we knew the glue had completely set. Taking the whole curtain rod/tape contraption down was a little scary. I was worried the whole thing was going to crash down…but that thing is stuck like Chuck! Good luck to anyone who decides they want to take it down.

{Before + After}

 

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There ya have it folks! A “brand new” mirror for about $25! It is arguably one of my favorite parts of our bathroom. The wood gives it some warmth against the cool gray walls and the black L-braces keep it from being too rustic for me. Up next, I’ll be explaining how I salvaged my ugly vanity! Thanks for hanging with me!

{K.}

 

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