framed bathroom mirror

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This is one of those projects I’ve had done for a while, but haven’t yet shared.  I had a boat load of photos documenting the process of how I installed the wood trim around my master bathroom mirrors and was so excited to share it with you guys.  Unfortunately those photos were all on the SD card I lost a while back.  Boo!  Since I still haven’t found it (I’m sure it’s in the dump since I cannot find it ANYWHERE) I’m tossing plans of a tutorial out the window and just giving you the finished product.
In the name of saving money, I always planned on framing out the builder grade mirrors instead of replacing them with something else.  I had done a chunkier frame in Izzy’s bathroom in our KS house with crown across the top, and while I liked it there, I wanted to do something different and simpler here.  I saw this image on Wills Casa and immediately knew that was my answer.  1×2 pine, baby.  Doesn’t get much simpler (or cheaper) than that.

I did have to take the mirror off the wall first so I could use mirror clips that were slimmer and then used a small chisel to notch out around them so the 1×2 would lay nice and flat against the mirror.  The wood was stained gray using one coat of Minwax’s Classic Gray and attached to the front of the mirror using Liquid Nails once it was dry. 

For those perfectionists out there, try to ignore the wonky cabinet pull in the below photo.  I didn’t notice it until I sat down at the computer and well, I didn’t want to retake the photo 😉
Here’s a side-by-side, before the hardware, bamboo shade, and mirror frame.  While it doesn’t look like too much of a change in the photos, it’s a huge improvement in person.  I loooove it.


  1. Calypso In The Country Avatar

    It looks beautiful! I have been wanting to do that in my master bath but it's one of the million things we haven't gotten around to!

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    i LOVE this! simple and rustic and perfect!

  3. Aja Avatar

    It looks soooo good! I love how simple and clean it is. How did you take the mirror off the wall? Pretty sure ours are glued right to the drywall, womp womp. Your bathroom looks awesome.

  4. Mindy Avatar

    Pretty awesome. Love the rug, too. Plus, I'm pretty sure your bathroom is bigger than my dining room.

  5. Doug Lowe Avatar

    It’s amazing how trying to save money has boosted out your skills in framing that mirror on your bathroom. Hahaha! Your bathroom looks more peaceful and relaxing now. That is an amazing DIY feat, indeed. Your post encouraged me to do more DIY projects. You did a great job on that mirror and the frame you installed in it. Thanks for sharing that, Shelley! Kudos and all the best to you!

    Doug Lowe @ M&M Glass

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Hi, I’m Shelley! My belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

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