I have an ugly bathroom. It's under the stairs, so it's awkwardly shaped, and someone painted it a weird color. It's got a pretty little pedestal sink, but that doesn't make up for all of the ugly going on in that little bathroom. It's got a basic, builder grade mirror, so I decided to make it a quick frame. I used some moulding that I found in the garage, some adhesive caulking I had left over from another project, and a little bit of trim paint. It cost me nothing to make, except about 2 hours of my time.

    First, I measured the mirror and decided how big I wanted the frame to be. Then, I cut the moulding with a mitre (or miter, depending on where you're from) box and saw. This took me about an hour, but if you're better than I am at hinting to your family and friends that you really want a power mitre saw for your birthday, it would only take you a couple of minutes...
    With the moulding cut to size, I glued it together in the shape of a frame with some paintable adhesive caulking. This was actually the most exciting part of the project because the side of the caulking blew out when I put it in the gun. So, instead of pretty little caulking lines, I rubbed globs of caulking from the side of the caulking cartridge onto the edges of the moulding. It wasn't the most graceful, but it worked. 

    After the caulking dried, I painted the frame. I found some door and trim paint in the garage, so the frame matches the rest of the trim in the house. After the two coats of paint dried, I attached some little metal mirror hanging brackets to the back of the frame, so that I can hang it for now, and then remove it when I paint the bathroom. After I paint the bathroom, I'll take off the mirror clips and get a new caulking cartridge to attach it to the mirror.

    Then, I hung the frame right on top of the mirror. It came out pretty nice, for nothing. I'll go back and permanently attach it to the mirror later, but for now, it looks so much nicer! 
    If you don't have any spare trim or baseboard lying around your garage, you can get the trim for a couple of dollars a foot at Home Depot or Lowes, so it's still much less expensive than the mirror framing kits sold in craft stores. 
    I originally got the idea here. She layered a couple of pieces of trim to create a beautiful effect on a much larger mirror.

2/12/2013 11:16:42 am

Way better!!

Cousin Lar
2/13/2013 12:12:55 pm

I've been working on making picture frames from cheap stock from Home Depot, much like you did here - GREAT job, by the way.
I'm taking plain pine wood and soaking it in a bucket of vinigar with a shredded pad of 0000 steel wool, also in the bucket. Let it soak for 24 hrs and the wood turns a greyish brown, just like old barn wood, for that rustic look. I've had to rub the steel wool over the wood a few times to get the look if it doesn't work just by soaking. Found this trick on-line.
Keep going girl, sponsors will be coming after you to advertise on your site before you know it!

2/14/2013 10:50:17 am

Lar- I'd love to see some pictures of your frames! I have seen that online, but never tried it myself. Does it really make a big difference?

9/30/2013 05:57:04 pm

Was just bored and thought I would post to say hello


Leave a Reply.