A bathroom mirror with a beveled edge can become a designer accent for your bathroom if you add a custom mirror frame. While that may sound difficult, it isn’t. You can frame mirror edges with either picture molding you find in a craft store or with crown molding from a home improvement store. The hardest part about building a bathroom mirror frame is getting the corner angles cut properly. Take the measurements for the bathroom mirror frame to the lumberyard with you and someone there can cut the angles for you.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Molding with rabbet edge on back
- Miter saw
- Soft cloth
- Clear epoxy glue (resin and hardener)
- Small piece of plate glass
- Painter’s tape
Measure the length and width of the mirror. You need two long pieces of molding and two shorter pieces for the sides. Measure the width of the beveled edge. To cover it up, you need a rabbeted, or notched, edge the width of the beveled edge along the back side of the molding.
Cut the molding to fit around the edge of the mirror using a miter saw. Test fit the pieces to make sure you have all the angles cut properly.
Wipe stain onto all sides of the molding pieces with a soft cloth. Remove excess stain with a second, clean cloth. If you prefer, paint the individual pieces of wood with a paintbrush. Paint or stain a scrap of molding as well. Allow the stain or paint to set for two weeks. This curing period helps prevent adverse reactions between the stain or paint and the glue.
Mix a small amount of clear epoxy resin with its hardener. Place some of the epoxy onto the rabbeted edge of a piece of scrap molding. Attach the scrap molding to a small piece of plate glass. Hold the wood in place on the glass with a piece of painter’s tape. Allow the epoxy to dry the amount of time recommended on the package. Remove the tape. Check the bond between the trim and the glass. Both should have a solid bond with each other. If not, you know to add more epoxy as you proceed.
Mix another batch of epoxy resin and hardener. Spread the epoxy along the rabbeted edge of each of the four pieces of trim. Attach the trim to the mirror, taking care to align the corner angles. Hold the trim in place with several pieces of painter’s tape. Let the epoxy dry and then remove the tape.
Tips & Warnings
- Purchase extra molding in case you make an error in cutting the angles. You also need extra for testing the stain or paint you are using.
- If you don’t paint or stain both sides of the molding, the mirror reflects the unpainted or unstained side.
- Avoid using too much epoxy. Wipe off any that drips onto the bathroom mirror.