Finally!  This mirror has been done for a little bit but i have just had too much going on to write this post (or any post!), but here it is…

First i have to tell you that this my third mirror and my last, yeah!!!  And all 3 have been done different ways.  I just went with a different style in each room and just made it up as i went along – that’s how i do things :)

For this mirror, i had a little challenge.  You can see in the 1st pic that for some reason the builder put a plug-in – in the mirror!  Why?!  I have no idea why they couldn’t move it over a foot – but instead i had this lovely mirrored, beveled, 80’s looking plug cover plate right smack in the bottom corner of my mirror.

I knew that the plug in needed to be covered up, so i had to make my frame tall enough to cover it – 9 inches.  And i for sure could of cut around the plug-in but it wouldn’t look very good, and i will get over the fact that its gone, forever!  That’s the price you have to pay for beauty i guess :)

So, here is the breakdown of how i did my mirror…

Before…also, don’t mind all the ‘undecoratedness” – this is one of my last rooms to paint

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You can see that my mirror is pretty big, so making the frame 9 inches worked out OK.  At 1st when i got it all up, before it was painted, i was a little scared because it looked so BIG but now that its all done, it looks good.

I bought 2 different kinds of molding.  Base board molding and then just a chair rail style molding – both pieces put together were 9 in – perfect (this is different than how i did my other mirrors, i will get to that later)

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Baseboard molding…

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Chair rail…

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I started by framing the outside of the mirror with the chair rail

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All that i did was measure it all up, made sure it fit, and then just glued it directly to the mirror with liquid nails.  The liquid nails dried really quick, so i just sat with the mirror for about 5 minutes to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere – it dried super fast.  In the past i have used duct tape to hold it to the mirror/wall but this time i didn’t.

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Next, i got all the base board molding cut.  But before putting that up i painted the underside of the molding about and inch.  You will see the reflection on the back part of the molding in the mirror, so make sure you get that painted, you don’t want to see raw wood.

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Another thing to remember is not to get your liquid nail to close to the edge of your molding.  You don’t want to ruin your hard work by seeing a reflection of ugly glue in the mirror :)

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Then just glue it up with liquid nails and step back to admire ;)  This is the part when i thought i really screwed up!  The frame was HUGE.  My kids mirror that i posted about here is the same width, but for some reason this one looked GIGANTIC.  I figured that it really stood out because it was still white, and also in this bathroom my vanity is taller than the kids bathroom. 

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You can see my corners needed to be filled, so i just used dry-dex and filled it in and then sanded it down before i painted.  I used caulk for the curvy part of the molding ( not pictured)

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Then i gave everything a light sanding and painted it black.  Of course i distressed the whole thing with my 60 grit sand block.  Some people may find it easier to paint it 1st and then hang, not me, i want it up NOW to see what it looks like and then finish up with the details :)


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You can see some “board and batten” going on in there – more to come on that later :)  Also i will show you pics along the way of how i decorate the space, it really needs it!

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And, because i have already gotten a ton of emails, “how do i do this with my mirror clips?”

I was lucky that i didn’t have mirror clips or that metal track along the top and bottom that some builders put in.  BUT, if i did i would take off the clips/track and glue the mirror directly on to the wall.  Of course that is a more permanent thing but you will love your mirror so much you wont want to move it anyways :)  But, i really think that would be so much easier than trying to chisel out wood in the back of your frame to accommodate the clips.  I also worry that if you have clips on the side, you might be able to see them?  What do you guys think?  Do you have a better solution for the clips?

***Edited to add – the correct glue that you would use to adhere your mirror directly to the wall is Mirror Mastic***

**The brand of adhesive that i used was Liquid Nails.  The paint color is Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray – but i had it color matched by Lowes into Olympic Premium (my new favorite brand by the way)**

Total cost was $60 – i already had the black paint (canyon black by Valspar). 

So with a couple of hours worth of work from start to finish i have a totally custom mirror.  I still have a lot of work to do in this room (new light because the new mirror dwarfs it), decorating, some curtains?  but for now, it works and its one project to cross of the never ending list :)

***i am sure i left off some details, but its past my bedtime!***

By the way, you can check out my kids bathroom mirror here (along with a ruffled shower curtain that i made…

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and then a simple framed mirror here in my 1/2 bathroom

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132 replies
  1. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    It's looks flippin' amazing!! I love the molding dept at our local wood store!!!

    Now if only I could get my husband to finish our bathroom mirror trim out!


  2. april francom
    april francom says:

    This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been wanting to do this forever and you have just given me the "kick in the pants" to do it. Although, I have found a metal clip to install on the back of the frame (you have to build the frame separately) so that it is not so permanent…what if a future homeowner does want it???? That's my fear!!! Anyhow, it looks fantastic although, please don't say that about the light fixture because I have the same exact one!!!! I don't want to have to change it out! Thanks for the tutorial. April

      BRICHEY says:

      What is the name of the clips and where did you find them? I proposed this concept to my husband and he said that he didn’t feel comfortable gluing onto a mirror for the same reason you mentioned already.

      • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
        Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

        Not sure what you mean? I glued my molding directly onto my mirror and its been there for a couple years and its great!!

  3. Kristine at The Painted Hive
    Kristine at The Painted Hive says:

    I don't have any builder mirrors though I have been trying to convince my Mum to do this in her holiday house for ages. I'll have to show her this…it just might change her mind! Looks great. I love chunky frames.

  4. trish
    trish says:

    I love the grand size of the mirror! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    *I am hosting a give a way every Monday of this month and would love to have you join in the fun*
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  5. Lacy Key
    Lacy Key says:

    You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your secret. I cant wait to give my mirrors a face lift!

  6. Shaunna
    Shaunna says:

    okay, I've watched you do three of these gorgeous things and it's official…I'm doing all 5 bathrooms as soon as I well, you know, put off another project to do it! -shaunna :)

  7. Chris
    Chris says:

    What a fun idea. If we end up moving and have this type of mirror, I'll know what to do! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Katie @ {Cowboy}Phraseology
    Katie @ {Cowboy}Phraseology says:

    Love it! I'm going to do this project in my master bathroom. I can't wait! Yours turned out awesome.

  9. Katherine @ Grass Stains
    Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    GORGEOUS! I did mine a couple of years ago but went with a thinner trim … just some four-inch crown moulding. Now I wish I'd gone bigger! Love it all.

  10. * Nancy *
    * Nancy * says:

    THANKS – I've been waiting patiently for this tutorial!
    A quick question: did you cut the molding yourself or at the place that you purchased the molding? If you did it yourself what tool did you use to cut it with?

    I want to do this, hopefully I get the courage to do it!

  11. Meg
    Meg says:

    Wow! Great job. I love the vintage look of the wood (with the distressing) and the thickness is so great. I love that!

    I'd love for you to check out my blog for a CSN give away! Have a wonderful day! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

  12. Doni
    Doni says:

    What an excellent idea! It's wonderful, and your step by step tutorial with pics is perfect. By the way, thank you so much from us dial up gals!! We can't download a video tutorial, so we miss a lot!!

  13. michelle@somedaycrafts
    michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    I am featuring this tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com! It is just to gorgeous not to show it off!

  14. Mandi
    Mandi says:

    Awesome job! I love this! I have been meaning to do it myself in my bathroom but it's like #57 on the list. Maybe I oughta move it up!

  15. Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue
    Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue says:

    Love that you made the frame so thick, it looks great! I will be talking hubby into doing this soon!

  16. Sarah @ Hennessey House
    Sarah @ Hennessey House says:

    this is almost too fabulous for words. i REALLY love how thick the frame is, it's just so much more interesting than if you had used only the chair rail. and the distressing is a super nice touch. way to go on this project, chica!!

  17. Alicia@Thrifty And Chic
    Alicia@Thrifty And Chic says:

    this looks absolutely amazing! I love how it matches your cabinets. I am totally going to do this one. I love!!! the big chunky effect :)

  18. theortegas4
    theortegas4 says:

    OK…I have a builder mirror but it is two levels due to the vanity. It is one big mirror with the plug just like yours…geez what were they thinking! Any ideas of what I could do since it looks two levels but one big mirror. Would love to do this in my bathroom and will definitely do in my daugthers jack-n-hill bathroom! Hope to hear your thoughts.

  19. julie
    julie says:

    hey sausha! yahoo! i am glad i found you! i was just wondering how i could make our master bath mirror pretty! yours looks amazing!i love everything you have created and i am looking forward to seeing more! i just became a follower!

  20. Stacy's Designs 88
    Stacy's Designs 88 says:

    OMG! You are amazing! I can live vicariously thru you until I get the nerve and energy to do my own furniture/home re-do. You're a Terrific Inspiration to all of us. :)

  21. Loren440
    Loren440 says:

    It surely looks great!!!!!

    But PLEASE tell me you didn't just cover up the electrical box with the outlet????

  22. Jen
    Jen says:

    Great Job!! I trimmed out my mom's bathroom mirror with fluted trim & rosettes for the corners. I used the composite stuff (super light & easy to cut). I used gorilla super glue to attach it to the mirror. I just put it right over the mirror clips. I didn't have any problem. I like your idea of thicker moulding. That's what I'm going to do to my mirrors. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Brenda Tustin
      Brenda Tustin says:

      Hi Jen: Were the clips that you covered over..were they the flat metal ones? Mine are thick plastic…just wondering whaat you had…thanks

  23. Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas
    Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas says:

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    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  24. Melli
    Melli says:

    I love this and I have builder's mirrors in my house, so I NEED this, but I am afraid to cut the corners – can you do a tutorial on how to cut mitered corners?

  25. Sherron
    Sherron says:

    Your mirror frames are gorgeous! I have made frames for my bath mirrors and I would recommend one additional step: seal the seam between the mirror and the inside with a clear caulk. I just place painters tape around the mirror leaving a small (1/8 inch) gap and then I use clear caulk to seal the seam. This keeps water and window cleaners from seeping behind the frame and ruining it.

  26. Sara's Sweet Surprise
    Sara's Sweet Surprise says:

    Hello Sausha~Thank you for sharing this tutorial. We are remodeling two homes and this will work perfectly for the existing mirrors. We wanted to keep them in tact, because they're in great condition and a nice size.
    We'd probably apply both styles for the three vanities.

    Sweet wishes,

  27. Lindsey @ Better After
    Lindsey @ Better After says:

    great tutorial, and great blog! I found you from ucreate, I'd love to feature you on my blog sometime too! C'mon over and check it out!

  28. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    LOVING this! Did you do your cabinets as well? I am in the midst of painting our guest bath cabinets in black and decided to sand in spots. I am thinking I am loving it but was not so sure. I am going to see if I can find a larger close up of yours.

  29. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Okay so I was inspired by your cabinets and just decided to go for it and finish distressing mine. I was not too sure till I saw yours. It was 11 pm but out in the garage I went and now they are done and just beautiful! Thanx for sharing your projects!

  30. HILER
    HILER says:

    You're on my list at itsonmycraftlist.blogspot.com. My blog is new and mainly just a way of me bookmarking projects I want to do! I am in LOVE with black distressed wood and will be attempting to recreate your masterpiece VERY soon!

  31. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com
    Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com says:

    Hi Sausha!

    I just love these framed mirrors that you do!

    I would love it if you would link it up to the CSI Project's "Hardware store" challenge. I would love the people over there to see it!

    And I know you have a lot of other projects that use Hardware Store materials. we would love for you to link up any of your projects! Kate from centsational girl is guest posting and I am sure she would love your projects!



  32. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! We have three of these unframed mirrors and I keep telling my husband that there has to be a simple way to frame them out. This is going straight to the top of our "must do" list! Just discovered your blog. I'll slowly be making my way through past posts, don't want to miss anything. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  33. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    This is incredible. I've seen moldings you can buy from retailers that cost at least 2x as much. You've given me such a better solution to address my pathetic mirrors. I can't wait to go to my local home store this week.

  34. paperkite
    paperkite says:

    I am late to the party but I was wondering what color paint you used? It doesn't look completely black but that could be my monitor. Thank you!! :)

  35. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    SO glad I came across your site- I am in the process of redoing our bathroom… I keep looking at our HUGE builder-mirror, thinking there has to be a way to frame it. Yea! I am thrilled to see what you did! :) Your mirrors look wonderful- what a difference!

  36. Sheri
    Sheri says:

    Thanks for the inspiration & easy to follow instructions! I've seen this done in model homes before, but it never looked as good as your mirror. I purchased 22 feet of 4 1/2" molding & painted it a dark chocolate brown & proceeded to frame our large master bath "builder" mirror. I can't believe how good it looks!! My husband is happy because his 10" chop saw was too small so now he has a brand new 10" sliding chop saw!! :)

  37. Anita
    Anita says:

    Good God, you are a genius! I've been dreading the thought of having to remove the giant mirrors plastered onto my bathroom walls, but I never realized that I could just build out the frame on top of the mounted mirror! Absolutely brilliant!

  38. Pat Baker
    Pat Baker says:

    OMG! This is beautiful…We are in the middle of renovations of our bathrooms in our home and I have been trying to explain to my husband what we need to do instead of removing the LARGE mirrors and this tells it all…You did a terrific job….I can't wait to get started.

  39. Andy
    Andy says:

    nice look, but when the time comes for someone to take that trim down, half the house will come with it – liquid nails is a pretty short sighted approach. you'll be re-drywalling that wall for sure. same for gluing the mirror straight to the wall. bad idea.

  40. annie
    annie says:

    Great job, looks awesome…I was wondering, is there a reason you didn’t paint all the wood before you attached it tot the mirror ,

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i didnt paint everything because i wanted to fill in any gaps on the corners to make them seamless, so i hung it, used wood filler and then painted

  41. Terri
    Terri says:

    Love this!!! We have that exact UGLY mirror and have just finished painting. I was going to take it down and buy 2 new mirrors for over the sinks, but now I am doing this. Perfect! Thanks for the tips!!!

  42. Laurel
    Laurel says:

    Brilliant! Well done! Thank you for sharing and posting such great step by steps! Will be revisiting your blog. Found you on Pinterest. ;)

  43. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    did you use your paint gun to paint the trim on the mirror? i know i can’t afford that new paint gun you got and wouldn’t want one that nice since i am just a newbie at this. what do you recommend?

  44. kristin
    kristin says:

    I was just wondering that if you glue the molding directly to the mirror, do you see the mirror from the side? Or how do you get the molding to sit flush against the wall?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i just used the standard one in the goldish tube – nothing special, just the regular stuff :)

  45. Julie B.
    Julie B. says:

    Hi! What a great idea! I live in a home built in 1987 and have several of these mirrors! I am wondering how the frame is flush to the wall? My mirrors are bevelled too so not sure exactly where the first molding is placed. Thanks again for the great, cost-friendly ideas!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      my mirrors are glued directly on to the wall, if yours has clips, you can just remove them and glue the mirror onto the wall. For the bevel, im sure its such a small angle that you can glue the molding directly over it and not have a problem. Hope that helps!!

  46. Katy
    Katy says:

    I love the mirrors that you have framed. Did you move your outlet somewhere else or just cover it up? I’ve been wanting to frame my mirror forever, but I have the same outlet right where my molding should go.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      i taped it off and covered it up – probably not the right way, but my house hasnt burned down yet!! I do have another close outlet on the wall, so it worked out for me covering that one up!

  47. Erin
    Erin says:

    LoVe this! Your vanity cabinets are awesome, too! Is that one piece you got at the home improvement store, or did you paint what was there and distress? Are they cherry? I always have in my mind that you don’t ever touch cherry cabs, that you leave it stained as it is, but I’m really wanting to change them up with paint for a more handcrafted look…I really just need someone to give me the nudge to say “It’s o.k. to paint them.”
    : )

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      the cabinets are actually just what we had the builder put in, i havent painted those. But if you have cherry cabs and you want them painted – PAINT THEM!!! Just because someone thinks that you shouldnt paint over good wood, doesnt mean that its true! If you want them painted – go for it!!

      • Lynne
        Lynne says:

        I thought it probably was a plate holder or an easel. Shoot, I will just have to keep an eye out for something similar. I love that look as opposed to a towel ring! Thanks for the response!

  48. Leti
    Leti says:

    Love this post…question though. How do you manage to get your paint so smooth as in NO brush strokes?? I feel like every single time I paint something all you see are brush strokes or some kind of stroke..even if using a sponge or something. Anyway tips would be appreciated =) thx

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      I use a paint sprayer :) If you brush on your paint try thinning it with water or floetrol and that will help with brush marks :)

  49. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    I LOVE the towel holder!!! Where did you get it and is it meant for a different purpose?? It would beperfect in my bathroom!! Thanks!

  50. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    I hate to bother you but I am googling plate holders. Can you tell me the bracket depth of yours?? Most seem to be 1.75″-2.5″. I’m not sure that’s enough room to hold the hand towels.
    Thanks again!!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      Its about 5.5in deep – good luck! Let me know if you find a place to order online – i actually need one more :)

  51. Maria
    Maria says:

    I live what u did with the mirror ,one question were did you get the light fixer in the bathroom I love that ? Thank u

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      that is from the re-store – i wish i knew who the original maker was though, because i would love another one!! I did have to paint it and add the glass covers which are from lowes

  52. Denise
    Denise says:

    All of you that are wondering why the outlet is in the mirror, it’s an electrical/building code issue. They are required to be in a certain place on every wall, so many feet from the corner and so many feet from each other. They also can not be too close to/over a water source. So as in the bloggers photo, moving the plug over a foot puts it too close to the bathtub and too far away from the corner of the wall. So don’t blame the builder for the location, blame him for a terrible mirror design which rendered you with that ugly outlet cover.

    And actually what the blogger did by permenantly covering the outlet with the molding is a code violation and shouldn’t be able to sell the house until its uncovered. The outlets are in sequence and if something electrically goes wrong, access to that plug could be needed. It would be terrible to have to rip your mirror apart (it will probably break when you try to get the molding off).

  53. Stacy Hughes
    Stacy Hughes says:

    I LOVE the results of the heavy framed black mirror trim. Stunning! I have the exact same set up in my bathroom mirror where one side is adjacent to a wall and the other side is open/raw. My concern is by glueing trim on the raw, open edge (the right side on your mirror) how do you cover up that exposed, raw edge?

    If you overlay the trim past the raw edge, you’ll have a 1/4″-1/2″ gap between the back side of the trim and wall. But, if you glue the trim equal to the mirror’s edge, the mirror’s edge will show. How did you account for that issue? Hope this question makes sense! Thanks!

  54. DIYer
    DIYer says:

    Hey there,
    So I have come up with a better solution to glueing a mirror to the wall if it has clips… it takes a little more time, but no adjusting the mirror. just route (using a router or smaller dremel tool) the back of the moulding where the clips are and then you don’t have to do anything but glue the moulding like you showed. once the frame is up you wont even know it was any different and saves you from taking the mirror off the wall to glue it! Thanks for the step by step tutorial, one of the better ones ive seen and i like the materials you used as well!!

  55. Amy
    Amy says:

    Love it! What a beautiful job! If you’re ever doing any other mirrors, do consider http://www.mirrormate.com though! The frames come pre-cut to your mirror’s measurements and there are over 65 styles to choose from. You don’t have to cut or paint or anything! They go up in about 20 minutes time and attach directly the mirror, covering clips and all. Just wanted to share! :)


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