Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Framing a builder grade mirror that is not between two walls

I promised quite a while ago that I would give directions on how to frame a builder grade mirror that is not tight between 2 walls (like my first post here).

My daughter's bathroom has a mirror on a long wall and we needed to find a way to conceal the mirror when looking at it from the side (since the frame sits on top of the mirror).
In my master ensuite bathroom our mirror is fitted tight between two walls, so we adhered the frame directly onto the mirror.

We used the generally the same materials and mostly the same method to create this frame. For detailed instructions on how we made this mirror frame, please refer to this original post.

I am only going to show you how this frame differs from the original post.

This frame was much more difficult for my husband to create. We could not just create a frame with straight cuts and not have to worry about how the molding was finished on the sides. Since the frame is adhered to the mirror, we had to determine a way to hide the mirror when looking at it from the side and we also had to finish the crown molding and flat trims (making it into a 90 degree corner) so that it was finish nicely.
We used a smaller crown molding for the top because the bathroom light was tighter to the top of the mirror and we did not think we had room for a large, detailed piece of molding.
In order to hide the side of the mirror, we measured the depth of the mirror and purchased a thin piece of molding that was the exact depth of the mirror. We painted it to match the frame, cut 2 pieces to be the exact height of the mirror and secured them onto the wall on both sides of the mirror.
Using the same techinique as we did in the first post, we created the rest of the frame.

Once the frame was secured, we used some filler (like DAP or caulking) to fill in the seams between all the pieces used to create the frame. This gave the frame a nice finished look. It made the frame look like 1 piece and not a bunch of little pieces stuck together.

The hardest part by far was getting the angles for the crown molding and flat trim. If you search online you can get the exact cutting angles needed to achieve a perfect corner. Remember though, the caulking can hide errors :) ...this we know first hand.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for this! My husband and I are so anxious to do this in our master bathroom!

  2. I'm trying so hard to get my husband to do this, lol!!!!

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  4. Hi there! I can't find help ANYWHERE that can tell me how to do this on a corner mirror (mirror on two adjoining perpendicular walls). Can you offer any guidance?

    1. Looking for the same thing. Will keep an eye out for answers.

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    My master mirror is huge and has a 4 plasice brackets secured with a screw (I imagine to help support the mirror) around the mirror. How would I glue the wood over these without having a gap in the frame?

  6. Stephanie,

    Thank you so much for posting both of these tutorials. I have wanted to do this, for the exact same reasons you said, for a REALLY long time. I love the paint color you have in your daughters bathroom. Do you remember the brans and/or color?

    Sarah Lenz

  7. Love the paint color in your smaller bath. Would you mind sharing?

  8. Love it! I went to HomeDepot and bought all the word except I couldn't find the "trim" piece. Where did you buy yours from? I'm having a difficult time seeing exactly what the trim piece looks like. Do you have another pic of the trim? Thanks.

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  12. Nice idea. I'm going to try it! Only part you left out was the cutting and attaching of the side pieces of the crown moulding and the 1/2 round. Important to have a good miter saw for that part.

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