Update Any Mirror with Trim.

Need a cheap project? Framing a mirror is one of the easiest projects that I know. If you want to give a mirror a new look, or update the look of a room, here is a way to do it at half the cost of buying a new mirror.

1. Measure your mirror and space you have on the wall to build out your frame.

2. Choose your trim. Home Depot and Lowes have many pre-painted, unstained, and primed trim options. There are several styles and unique additions to add to your trimmed mirror too. I would place the trim on the mirror (keep this in mind when measuring).

3. Use a miter box, or miter saw and cut 45 degree angles to the edges of the trim. It’s easy to look and see how to angles should be cut based off of your mirror. The miter box is easy because it shows you where to put your saw in the box to cut different angles on the trim.

4. Before hanging your trim, stain or paint the trim. When using stain apply more to get a desired darkness or color. Let dry at least 24 hours. Make sure to stain the front and back of your molding (because of the reflection).

5. Apply clear liquid nails (glue) to the back edge of the trim (away from the mirror/inside of the trim). When you apply pressure to the mirror’s surface, it will push the glue towards the edges. Make sure all your corners align.

6. I would use tape to hold the trim in place over night. Done!

Frame a tall mirror. These mirrors are $5 at Walmart.

Frame a large mirror and make it two smaller mirrors.

Buy a mantle or ledge to add to your trim (which you can find at Home Depot/Lowes) and create a more useful mirror.

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