Fast Fixes: Bathroom

How to Frame a Plate-Glass Wall Mirror

Transform the look of a bathroom by installing decorative trim around a plain plate-glass mirror.

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Materials Needed:

  • 70-1/2" length 4 1/2" wide primed MDF baseboard
  • 70-1/2" length 3 1/2" wide primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1"
  • 70-1/2" length 3 1/2" wide primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1 1/2–"
  • 38-1/2" lengths 3 1/2" wide primed MDF baseboard (2)
  • 63-1/2" length 3-1/2" wide primed MDF baseboard
  • tape measure
  • paneling adhesive
  • extra-strength wood glue
  • caulk
  • level
  • latex paint
  • latex paint extender
  • extra-fine sanding pad
  • paint brush
  • painter's tape
  • tack cloth
  • drop cloth

Step 1: Measure Mirror and Select Frame Style

Determine trim style and positioning of trim around mirror to obtain measurements specific to mirror being framed. Use measurements to cut lengths of primed MDF baseboard. Tip: Have materials cut at a home improvement store and consider using style of door casings in home as inspiration for the look of the mirror frame.

Step 2: Prepare Work Area

Gather required materials. Lay out lengths of trim on flat working surface.

Step 3: Paint Back Sides

Add latex paint extender to paint, lengthening drying time and minimizing brush strokes. Paint back side of trim along edges that will extend over edges of mirror. Let dry two hours.
Tip: The back edges will be reflected in mirror.

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