DIY How to Frame Builder Mirrors- Tutorial

DIY How to Frame Builder Mirrors- Tutorial

DIY How to Frame Builder Mirrors!

DIY Frame Builder Mirrors in a Weekend. Yes, a weekend! I wanted to share with you how I framed builder mirrors in our home, it was really easy and fun to do (DIY baby!). You can totally knock this project out in a day or two or over the weekend. The end result was beautiful and they added a lot of character and a custom look to the bathrooms for not much money at all!
I would definitely recommend to frame builder mirrors in your home if you are wanting a more personal touch and if you are getting ready to put your house on the market to sell. These amazing builder mirror frames with definitely set your home apart from the rest!
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How to frame builder mirrors DIY chair rail molding crown tutorial by SWEEHAUTE
Tutorial: How to Frame builder Mirrors!

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How to Frame Builder Mirrors DIY Tutorial!

Supply List:
1. Miter Saw
2. Calk- White
3. Wood Filler
4. Liquid Nails
5. Crown Molding
6. Chair rail Molding
7. Paint
8. Dremel Tool

The supply list above is what I personally used to achieve the look for my particular builder mirror frame project, you can change it to fit the design of what you want for your project. This is my opinion and the method I chose, I’m not an expert yet this is what worked for me!
Many of these supplies can be ordered online and shipped to you directly OR you can order through your local home improvement store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up at the store. They will gather everything and place at the register for you to pick up!
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The first picture is of a LARGE master bath double sink vanity mirror. The second picture is of a single sink vanity builder mirror.

TUTORIAL

Step 1: Measure the mirrors so you will buy enough molding.
-Buy everything on the supply list above. I already had the white high gloss paint used for trim work and built ins around the house.

Step 2: Make your cuts on the molding at a 45 degree angle with your saw.
-Sorry I didn’t take pictures of cutting. I did take pictures of the cut pieces but I cannot locate it, yet I will add it when I find it although it isn’t necessary…I just wanted to show the pieces separately before assembling them.

Step 3: Clips, make room for them.
-If you have mirror clips, make room for them. I used a Dremel tool (less than $80) to shave the back of the molding so the ‘builder mirror clips’ would fit behind the new frames. Another chisel type tool would work fine as well but I didn’t have a chisel.

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The Dremel tool has various uses!

Step 4: Assemble your frame.
-Now you can do it one of 2 ways. Construct frame right onto mirror or construct on the ground first then glue it to the mirror.
-I made mine with the ‘Crown Molding’ piece on the outer edge, with the ‘Chair Rail Molding’ on the inner edge to create each frame.

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Crown Molding on outside edge, Chair Rail Molding on inside edge

-I constructed and assembled the frame right onto mirror because the frame was so gigantic and I didn’t want to accidentally ruin it while trying to transport it. I used ‘Liquid Nails’ ($4 dollars) to glue it to my mirrors.

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Liquid Nails can be found a local DIY sources.

-I assemble both frames right onto the glass of mirror, I didn’t build either one ahead and it worked out fine for me. Now if you have a smaller surface area, constructing the frame ahead may be a better option for you.

Step 5: Calk and Wood Filler.
-Once you got the frames up and the glue has dried. Everything has ‘settled’, then it is time to wood filler the frame and calk the seams. I used Elmer’s Wood Filler ($5-6 dollars).

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Wood Filler can be found at local DIY sources.

Step 6: Paint.
– I already had the white high gloss paint/ or accent paint. Whatever color you decide on make sure to get a high gloss one if it is going to be inside a humid bathroom environment or use color you want and top coat it with a clear type coating.

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Double sink vanity builder Mirror Frame by SWEET HAUTE
How to frame builder mirrors DIY chair rail molding crown tutorial by SWEEHAUTE
Single sink vanity builder Mirror Frame by SWEET HAUTE
A book that I found helpful when doing any type of wood trim in your space is Crown Molding Install like a Pro, it can be found here. YAY! and now you have gorgeous frames that give your space a custom look! Tell me what you think… Do you have frames on your mirrors? If so, did you use similar methods to create them? Please leave a comment below!
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6 thoughts on “DIY How to Frame Builder Mirrors- Tutorial”

  • This is so pretty! I need to share this with my sister-in-law – she hates her builder grade mirrors and didn’t think she could make them work. But this makes a huge difference; they’re beautiful!

  • Great tutorial! Do you know how much total each mirror cost you? I’m just trying to figure out if I should replace the mirror ($30 at Walmart or Target) or try this project. Thanks : )

    • I only bought 2 pieces of crown molding and 2 pieces of chairrail, depending on the type you get wood/or plastic type wood and width, so I believe it came out to $10-16 at Lowe’s. We already had the tools ect. and the tools is where it gets expensive. Hope that helps, it was a lot of fun to make and it was a satisfying project to create a custom look.

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