Transform the look of a bathroom by installing decorative trim around a plain plate-glass mirror.Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
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.
Gather required materials. Lay out lengths of trim on flat working surface.
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.
Paint front sides and edges of trim. Let dry two hours.
Use extra-fine sanding pad to lightly sand surfaces. Wipe clean with tack cloth.
Glue three lengths of MDF baseboard forming top frame with extra strength wood glue. Press pieces firmly together. Let dry two hours.
Run a bead of caulk along seam joints. Smooth caulk line and wipe away any excess. Let dry one hour.
Paint over caulk by lightly brushing layer of paint along joint.
Paint a second layer of paint over fronts and sides of trim. Let dry 12 hours before installation.
Apply paneling adhesive to area where top frame piece will be positioned.
Press frame piece onto adhesive, check for proper placement and ensure piece is level. Secure in place using clean-release tape.
Repeat prior steps, installing two side pieces of trim followed by bottom piece.
Check all joints where trim meets to ensure pieces are positioned correctly and square. Make any necessary adjustments before adhesive begins to dry. Secure in place using clean–release tape. Let dry 24 hours.
Run a bead of caulk along any gaps at joints. Smooth caulk line and remove any excess. Let dry one hour.
Paint over caulked joints and any areas of frame requiring touch-ups.