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 DIY bathroom mirror frame. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. And if you have a builder-grade mirror, it will no longer feel so… builder-grade!

When we were planning our bathroom renovation, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I had no intention to spend $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the builder-grade mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so boring.

DIY bathroom mirror frame before

As I was searching 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!

This post was originally published in January 2017 and was updated in November 2018.

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DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame Materials

  • 2 small plastic washers (plastic will ensure they don’t crack the mirror)
  • 2 small screws
  • Wood, trim, or another framing material that’s the length of the perimeter of the mirror
  • Stain – I used water-based stain in American Walnut
  • White paint – only about 1 cup of paint or less!
  • FUZE IT Liquid Nails (or any construction adhesive that bonds to glass/mirror)
  • Matte polyurethane or wax finish (optional)

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.

You don’t need to worry about replacing the “tray” along the bottom of the mirror – the frame will lay over it just fine, even if it slants in a little bit.

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

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 a redwood “fencing” which was perfect – each 8 ft. board was only $2.50. Here is a similar redwood at Home Depot for $3.48/6 ft.

When measuring the perimeter of the mirror, we added an inch to each piece so the outside edge of the frame would extend about 1/2″ past the edge of the mirror. You don’t want any 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: Finish the boards.

We decided to treat the wood the same way we treated the accent wall in our master bathroom renovation. I stained it, then white-washed it in a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 paint (make sure to test your mixture and adjust it until it’s the right color for you). Once it dried, I lightly sanded it. I’d also recommend waxing the boards or using a matte polyurethane finish after it’s assembled to protect the wood from your toothpaste splashes. That being said, we never actually put on a protective layer on our mirror frame and 2 years later, it still looks good!

Step 4: Glue the boards to the mirror.

Once the boards are finished, 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

assembling the diy bathroom mirror frame

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.

assembling the diy bathroom mirror frame

Glue the rest of the frame to the mirror, nudging it around until all the edges fit together properly.

partially assembled diy bathroom mirror frame

And just like that, this builder-grade mirror…

Became this beautiful upgraded mirror!

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

Redwood Fencing for Wood Frame: $7.50
White paint: On hand (~$5 at Home Depot for a sample size)
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 would cost around $32 and you’d have a TON of supplies leftover – like, with more (cheap!) wood, you could probably frame 10 more mirrors. We had most of the items on hand as they’re fairly common for many home improvement projects.

This DIY bathroom mirror frame is such an easy project to upgrade builder-grade mirrors in your home. It only takes an afternoon and will give your bathroom a whole new feel! In fact, after I framed my parents’ bathroom mirror, my dad said he felt like he was getting ready in a fancy hotel room. LOL.

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

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45 comments

  1. I’ve also heard of Mirror Mates – they have many styles of frames to match any decor & the wood pieces have a groove that the boards will fit over any clips or bottom metal piece holding the mirror on the wall so that the frame lays flat. You can talk to them & give them your dimensions & they send everything you need for installation,including very strong adhesive strips to hold the wood frame in place. We have 3 mirrors we are going to do as we have many updates in our home & want the mirrors to look updated as well. Too costly to take down, repair walls, paint & still buy mirrors.

  2. I just did this project in both bathrooms and LOVE the results. We ended up using raw finish toe kick board in the cabinet section of Lowe’s. It was $10 a board, and I used 6. I stained it a dark walnut, left it overnight, then glued it on. You weren’t kidding about the Fuse It glue! Trying to squeeze that out was the worst part of the whole thing. Definitely include some muscle on your supply list! I did both mirrors for about $35.00 each!

  3. Love this project and definitely want to try it out. I’m still wondering about the plastic on the bottom of the mirror. My big mirrors sit on two of those and I’m just thinking that the frame would protrude a lot, but also don’t want to just have two little screws hold gigantic mirror like that. Any thoughts?

    1. Hey Sonja! Sorry for the late reply. We have the plastic piece along the bottom, too. We just glued the wood frame over it. They slant inwards a little bit, but it’s not very visible to the naked eye. Hope this helps!

  4. I love this project idea! We are getting ready to sell our home, and need to update our bathrooms. Mirrors are expensive, so we’re looking for an alternative. I was wondering if you changed your bathroom countertop. In the before picture it looks off white/beigey, and the after picture it looks more white. Did you update the countertop and/or paint the vanity cabinets?

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! We didn’t change the countertop. We changed to cooler colored bulbs which could affect the color of the countertop. We did paint the vanity cabinets Repose Gray!

  5. 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. As as realtor, It would not behoove you to try to make your countertops look like granite. I would leave them alone as it will eventually wear off or crack. It would not add value to your home. There is a company called Granite Transformations that does a very good rehab of countertops. They lay (pour) a granite & composition material over your existing tops. Of course, it could also involve you replacing the sink. Its last a long time & looks very professional. I have seen it in many listed homes, but if you are planning to sell, please disclose that it is “Granite Transformations & not actual Granite. Thanks! Hope this helps! 🙂

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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/

  10. 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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