DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame for Under $10

Okay guys. If there were only one DIY project I could share with you, I think it would be this one. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. It involves the #1 thing you look at in the bathroom: your mirror!

When we were thinking about re-doing our bathroom, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I wasn’t interested in spending $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the “builder” mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so blah.

As I was searching around on Pinterest for bathroom makeover inspiration, I came across a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a fun home decor blog called Cherished Bliss. I pinned it knowing it would be something I’d actually come back to later. Would you guess that the mirror above turned into this one??

Okay, let me show you how we did it!

DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame Materials

  • 2 small plastic washers (plastic will ensure they don’t crack the mirror)
  • 2 screws
  • Wood, trim, or other framing that’s the length of the perimeter of the mirror
  • FUZE IT Liquid Nails (or any construction adhesive that bonds to glass/mirror)
  • Miter saw or saw with miter block

Step 1: Replace the mirror clips.

At the top of the mirror, there are little plastic clips holding the mirror in place. They’re a bit bulky and the new frame won’t lay against it very well, so you’ll need to replace the clip with washers.

Unscrew the mirror clip (one at a time), and screw in the plastic washer to hold the mirror in place. Like this:

You don’t need to worry about replacing the piece along the bottom of the mirror – the frame will lay over it just fine.

Step 2: Saw the boards to the correct length.

We wanted to find some very thin, inexpensive wood for the mirror. Thin, so it wouldn’t be too heavy to glue onto the mirror, and inexpensive, because duh. While in the lumber section of Lowe’s we came across redwood which was perfect – each 8 ft. board was only $2.50.

When measuring the length of the mirror for cutting the boards, we added an inch so the outside edge of the frame would extend about 1/2″ past the edge of the mirror. You don’t want any hint of mirror showing outside of the frame!

We cut the end of each board at a 45-degree angle so the boards would fit together as a frame (make sure to put them together as such before you start gluing later on). They look like this:

Step 3: Treat the boards.

We decided to treat the wood the same way we treated our accent wall, which you can find in my DIY Master Bathroom Makeover article. We stained it, white-washed it, then lightly sanded it. I’d also recommend waxing the boards after it’s assembled to protect the wood.

Step 4: Glue the boards to the mirror.

Once the boards are treated, it’s time to glue them to the mirror! Make sure the construction adhesive you use bonds to glass or mirror material, otherwise you may have some issues getting the boards to stay put. We used FUZE IT Liquid Nails. Grab your adhesive, caulk gun, and husband because it’s kind of hard to squeeze the glue out of the tube. LOL

Once the glue is on, stick it on to the mirror and make sure it’s level. You may need to hold it there for a few minutes until the glue starts drying and it stays in place.

Glue up the rest of the frame, making sure to nudge it around if necessary so all the edges fit together properly.

And just like that, this…

Became this!

Wah-lah! Easy peasy, and cheap! Here’s the cost breakdown…

Wood: $7.50
White paint: On hand (~$20 at Home Depot)
Stain: On hand ($10.77 at Home Depot)
FUZE IT Liquid Nails: On hand ($6.47 at Home Depot)
Caulk Gun: On hand ($2.77 at Home Depot)

If you had to buy everything new at the store, it’d come to about $44 and you’d have a TON leftover. Fortunately, we had most of the items on hand as they’re fairly common for many home improvement projects.

If you have any of the “Builder’s Mirrors” in your home, I highly encourage you to try out this DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame. It only takes an afternoon and makes a huge difference! You can do it!

If you need me, I’ll be framing the rest of our mirrors… 🙂

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30 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this! This is exactly what I am trying to do. I have a question though. My mirror has a thin metal trim at the bottom, just like yours. You glued the wood board on on top of it, right? Then wouldn’t it make the frame not flat? Like it would lean slightly towards the mirror? Then how would the vertical fream pieces still fit perfectly at the corner with the bottom piece? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Maggie! Yes, I glued the board right on top of that metal tray. You can see if it it would work better to angle it in towards the mirror or have their be a small gap on top. We angled ours in. You really can’t even tell at the corners, it still fit together really well! Hope this helps! 😊

  2. Not sure what brand liquid nails were used in this project but ours was a major fail. We held it in place for near 20 minutes per board and when we let go the boards fell every time. We spent almost 2 hours trying to get it to work and only ended up with a mess and needing to buy a new mirror. Major Pinterest FAIL

    1. Oh, no!!! Tiffany, I am SO sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you. That’s my worst nightmare! After reading your comment, I realized I should have better specified in the post what type of Liquid Nails we used. I have since updated it with the exact type – FUZE IT Liquid Nails that bonds to glass/mirrors. I’m guessing the type of Liquid Nails you bought (there are several!!) didn’t bond to glass. Thanks so much for leaving this comment, as I definitely don’t want other readers to run into the same issue. If you give it another try, let me know how it goes. Best of luck! <3

  3. I love this ! I rent the house my husband and I live in, is there anyway to do this without the glue so my landlord could take it down if they wanted ?

    1. Hi Angie! That’s a great question! I would try either some double sided mounting tape or maybe command strips! Just make sure your frame is nice and light so it’s easy to hold up. If you took it down it would probably ruin the frame but the mirror behind it should be fine! Hope this helps!

  4. We are about to move in into our dream home and I cannot wait to try this project. I am not one to do these type of projects but we have so many bathrooms mirrors in our new home (6 total) and I cannot stand how ugly they look! I also want to stain the wood the same color as my cabinets (dark chocolate). Ive never done that. Do you have any tips on how to go about doing that?

    1. Hi Franchesca! That’s so exciting! This is a great project to quickly upgrade your existing mirrors. Make sure the wood you buy for the frames is very light so they go up easily. At home improvement stores (like Home Depot or Lowe’s), they have samples of all the different stain colors. I’d recommend finding one that’s as close to your cabinet color as possible, then watching a couple YouTube video tutorials on how to stain! It’s actually SUPER simple. Cut your boards first, then to stay you’ll just brush on the stain with a foam brush (get ALL the edges!), let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a rag. You can totally do it! 🙂

    1. Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. As long as the washers you get are small, they don’t stick out much more than the head of the screw. The amount it affects the wood is negligible if the washers are small enough! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cyndi!! We actually found that vanity lighting on a local buy/sell app, OfferUp! You might be able to find something similar on Amazon by searching for vanity lighting and bubble glass! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Angie! It does – it’s probably a quarter inch from the wall, but it’s not really noticeable. We also had the wood hang over a bit from the edge of the mirror so you wouldn’t see the edge of the mirror!

  5. Do you know what the wood was called? I’m excited to do this to my mirrors. What did you do on the wall behind the mirror? Beautiful.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by! I think it’s one of the best DIY projects ever! Instant upgrade! I found the wood for the mirror along the back wall of Lowe’s, and I think it was for a fence. Whatever wood you find, just make sure it’s THIN! Like a half inch or less. Trim would also work very well.

      As for the accent wall, you can read more about that in my Master Bathroom reveal post here!: http://riseandrenovate.com/diy-master-bathroom-makeover/

  6. This project was not under $10 even if you have the majority of the supplies. Slightly disappointed because the preparation was not what I expected.

    1. Hi Renise, I’m sorry you didn’t have a great experience with this project! At the end of the post I laid out how much the project would be if you had to buy everything new, which is about $40. That being said, you’d have a lot of supplies left over. I suppose if you couldn’t find cheaply-priced wood the project would be even more. That being said, it’s key to get very thin wood so the frame isn’t too heavy and thin wood is usually less expensive than other options. Again, I’m sorry that you were disappointed with this project!

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