Placing wood trim around a mirror gives the mirror the look of a framed mirror without having the mirror actually framed. The mirror needs to have space around it for the trim to fit around the mirror. You can use any trim or molding with a rabbet edge a little deeper than the depth of the mirror so the edge overlaps the mirror.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Trim or molding with a rabbet edge that is slightly bigger than the depth of the mirror
- Marine glue or epoxy
- Paint or stain
Measure the edges of the mirror using the tape measure and write down the length of each side.
Cut the trim or molding at a 45-degree angle to the measurements you took in Step 1. The inner edge should match the length of the side the trim will be placed on.
Test a piece of trim by finishing it with the paint or stain. When the piece is dry, place it up against the mirror to see how it looks with the reflection of the mirror.
Finish the trim by painting or staining it and allowing it to dry. Tim Carter, the Ask the Builder columnist, recommends letting the paint or stain dry for two weeks.
Seal the trim to protect from water damage by applying sealant using a brush. Again, allow it to dry for two weeks.
Use a thin coat of marine glue or epoxy to attach the trim to the mirror.
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