How to Frame a Stock Mirror

I think we all know how plain and ugly those big stock mirrors are that come when you purchase a new house. Well, sadly, I have two in my house. I have always hated them and have had plans to sex-them-up, but never did.  That all changed this weekend when I headed to Lowe's with a mission: buy moulding and supplies to frame the mirrors.

Since this was my first attempt at framing a mirror, I figured I should start with one mirror and see how it goes.  I started by selecting strips of moulding and some wooden medallions, all painted in white (the less work, the better). I had the hardware man cut the moulding strips based on my mirror measurements. I also asked the hardware man what type of adhesive I needed to buy. I heard there was something called mirror glue, but ended up with Liquid Nail, which was recommended by Lowe's staff. Side note: Good thing Ben was with me, because I would have left that store with a tube of Liquid Nail caulking and no caulking gun. (How was I supposed to know you needed one of those? I have never used caulking before.)

By the time I arrived at the checkout counter, I had the following in hand:
  • Strips of white moulding (cut based on my measurement specifications by the Lowe's staff)
  • 4 white, wooden medallions
  • One tube of Liquid Nail 
  • One caulking gun
Approximately total: $30

I was so eager to get started that I forgot to take a "before" picture. Here is one taken halfway through. Notice the hideously plain trim on the top and right sides of the mirror. At this point, I was admiring my work. I was so thrilled with the way things were going.

I am extremely pleased with the final product. I get so happy every time I go into my guest bathroom now! Overall, I think I spent more time at Lowe's than I did adhering the DIY frame to the mirror. That is always good news. Shopping > Everything else! 

Now I am looking forwarding to transforming my master bathroom next!


  1. Looks awesome! Love it!

  2. Love the molding you chose for your mirror. Doesn't it make such a difference to the mirror?! My guest bathroom is the only one I have done so far but I want to do it to my other bathrooms as well.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and glad you did because I am really liking yours and look forward to seeing more of your posts! :)

  3. Love this, we did this exact thing for my daughter but on her full length mirror. Okay I didn't do it my husband did. Hurray for you doing this all on your own! Would love you to share on my linky party!
    Marcie @

  4. AnonymousJune 19, 2012

    Terrific transformation! What a difference a little molding makes! Just like white spray paint, Liquid Nails is one of my DIY must the stuff! :-)

    1. I'm so glad I discovered Liquid Nail. Looks like I will be gluing a lot more things now that I know how it works.

  5. This is soooo so cute! I love this idea :-)



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