Saturday, January 22, 2011

framing out a mirror

I have been wanting to frame out my guest bath mirror since we moved in our house (ummmm two and half yrs ago). I looked into having it professionally done and it's would be like $300.00 for one mirror. Really?? I decided that if we were going to frame out the mirror I would do it myself. I finally got the courage to tackle the project this weekend.

Here is a before pic of the ugly unframed mirror:

I first measured the width and length of the mirror. Then, I went to Lowes and picked out the cheapest best looking trim I could find. I also got four square decorative pieces to put at each corner. I took into consideration the size of the squares and subtracted it from the original length and width. I then had the good people at Lowes cut my trim ( make sure to check their work, I had to come back and have it cut again because the measurements were off). While at Lowes I also bought some liquid nail and caulk.

When I got home I painted the trim and decorative pieces a cream. When dry, I sanded down the edges of the painted trim and then rubbed on some wood stain. I then took another wet cloth and wiped away the excess. 

When everything was finally dry, I put the liquid nail on the back of the trim one at a time. I then put it on the mirror. I secured it with clear tape so it wouldn't topple over.

 After waiting for about two hours, I took off the tape. The end result is, in my opinion, an excellent mirror makeover.

Now if I could just learn how to clean the mirrors really well ( I always seem to leave streaks for some reason)!

Happy painting, gluing!



Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wow, great job! It looks so much more "finished" now. And better than paying $300 for someone else to do it! BTW, I love the bold green walls. I just painted our bathroom green too - it's so fresh!

Stopping over from the Serenity Now link party. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Ditto what Amanda from Little House said. It does look so much more finished! You did a wonderful job! :) I use black and white newspapers paired with Windex to ditch the streaks. :) Thanks so much for linking up to my party. I hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

Patty said...

That looks great! Like original to the house.

Robyn's Nest said...

You did such a great job! Now I want to do that in my main (aka kids) bathroom.

~ Robyn

Kim said...

Beautiful!!! Let me say also that you did a great job- what a big difference it makes to the room! I was going to say the same thing as Amanda- when I worked in a flower shop we cleaned the glass shelves with windex and newspaper to avoid streaks. Works really well! Have a super week :)

Creative Escapes said...

I was going to do something similar with leftover flooring - loving this option SO much better!

Candi said...

This is so old you may not even read these old posts, but the only way to get no streaks is to use a wet wash cloth to clean the mirror & then a dry cloth/towel & dry the mirror. No Windex etc. needed :)