How to Frame a Huge, Frameless Wall Mirror

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A wall mirror is a room's centerpiece. While frameless mirrors add beauty to a room, a frame adds further depth and style to the mirror's appeal. With a few hours of your time and some creativity, it'll be easy to frame a huge, frameless wall mirror. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood trim
  • Velcro or wood adhesive
  • Miter saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Visit a local hardware store and select wood molding to use for the mirror frame. Molding can be found in the same area as wood trims. Select a molding that is 1/2 inch deep by 3 to 5 inches wide. The molding should be completely flat so that it sits flush when attached to the mirror. Consider a fluted molding, which has ridges or grooves across its width, to add dimension and character to the wall mirror. If you plan to stain the frame, consider a knotty pine wood for a rustic look.

  • Measure your mirror's length and width. Cut four pieces of molding, two pieces for the length and two for the width, with 45 degree mitered ends, so that you can piece together all four pieces to create the mirror frame.

  • Lightly sand the molding and brush off residue. Apply two coats of paint or stain, allowing at least an hour of dry time between coats. Brush in the direction of the wood's grain. Be creative with paint colors and finish--black paint will enhance any decor, stain will provide a rustic look, and a creamy white finish is perfect for beach or cottage decor. For a shabby chic finish, gently sand the edges of the molding after painting to expose the wood underneath.

  • Either glue the four pieces of molding onto the mirror using a carpenter's adhesive, or use velcro for a less permanent option. Since the mirror is very large, velcro would be easier to work with, since covering such a big span of mirror could be awkward with adhesive. If using velcro, apply the velcro both to the mirror and the trim in at least five spots along each length and width. If you choose to use a carpenter's adhesive, two people should be at each end of the mirror during installation to ensure the frame is properly aligned before the glue begins to stick. Ensure the pieces fit together snugly at the four corners, to lessen the gaps.

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