Whether you are renting a home or like to change your décor style often, a removable mirror frame is a temporary way to make a big statement. Unframed mirrors are inexpensive and are often provided in rental homes or new home bathrooms and hallways. When you use economical wood molding and your own art and craft skills, you can design one-of-a-kind custom mirror frames that you can remove and use in a different room or apartment later.
Things You'll Need
- Plain wood molding, ¾ inch deep by 6 inches wide
- Wood glue
- Hook and loop fastener tape, heavy weight bearing
- Staple gun
- ¼-inch staples
- Glass cleaner
- Clean lint-free cloth
Measure the dimensions of your mirror. Use a metal tape measure to get the accurate length and width of the mirror. The wall space around the mirror, if a wall-mounted mirror, is not important, as the frame will be mounted on the mirror glass.
Cut your plain wood molding to the dimensions of your mirror. Use a 45 degree angle on each of the ends to create a “frame” cut so that pieces fit together around the mirror perfectly.
Dispense a line of clear drying wood glue to the corners of the frame. Place the edges together and clamp until dry. Wipe away any excess glue.
Decorate your plain wood frame. Paint or stain the wood for a traditional mirror frame look. Hand paint a design or use a decoupage technique for a more artistic approach. Apply mosaic tiles with tile grout for a colorful bathroom mirror frame.
Measure and cut the hook and loop fastener tape to match the dimensions of the mirror frame. Peel off the backing of the peel-and-stick hook and loop fastener tape. Place against the back of the mirror frame and press firmly to attach.
Apply staples, with the staple gun, along the edge of the hook and loop tape at 4-inch intervals for added security.
Place the opposite side of the hook and loop fastener onto the applied fastener tape that has been attached to the mirror frame back. Press to connect the two halves firmly and securely. Peel the backing off the hook and loop fastener that will be pressed up against the mirror.
Clean the mirror with glass cleaner. Wipe with a cloth and dry.
Pick up the mirror frame and place at the top of the mirror. Line up the top edge of the frame with the top edge of the mirror. Visually check that the sides of the mirror and the frame line up as well.
Lower the frame down onto the mirror surface. When the frame is in place and aligned properly, press firmly against the mirror. The hook and loop tape will now hold the mirror in place.
To remove the mirror frame, grasp one corner of the frame and pull outward, releasing the hook and loop fastener. Remove the hook and loop fastener tape from the mirror by pulling it off or using an adhesive solvent.
Tips & Warnings
- Save time and effort by taking your measurements to your hardware or home improvement center with you. Oftentimes, customer service representatives there will make the wood cuts for you when you purchase the wood from their store.
- For a large wall-mounted mirror, get help installing the mirror frame. Assistance will insure an easy and adjustment-free application of hook and loop fasteners to the mirror.
- If the mirror is already affixed to a wall, check the security of that attachment before applying a mirror frame. A loose mirror mount may result in a broken or falling mirror and mirror frame.
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