Bathroom Mirror Frame Ideas

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Your typical bathroom mirror does not have a lot of style. It's used as a place to view yourself while in the bathroom but that's about it. Frames can add character to a drab bathroom. They are easy to install and can be a fun weekend project. When choosing a frame for your mirror, you can visit local antique stores for salvaged old wood. Visit flea markets and thrift shops for neat ideas. Look around your house, you might have something you can reuse.

The Basics

  • Bathroom mirror frames are an easy way to update your bathroom. The typical bathroom mirror is one large piece of glass mounted on the wall that is all purpose but no style. When deciding which type of mirror you want to install, remember that the function is for viewing yourself so make sure you allow enough viewing space. You'll want to consider any cabinets that might open near the mirror and make sure you allow space for full access. Lighting or hardware that surrounds the mirror is also something to consider. Make sure you have enough space for a large frame.

Mirror Ideas

  • There are many great ways to frame your bathroom mirror. Old wood either salvaged from a lumber yard or found around your house can provide a rustic look. Stain the wood your favorite color and seal it to prevent warping. Bathrooms create a lot of moisture so you'll want to protect it. Also, old mirrors typically have ornate frames surrounding them so consider using one as your bathroom mirror.

    If you have a large area to frame, try installing new louvers on either side of the mirror. These have a similar design as the classic shutter but have the capability of adjusting the angle of the slats.

    Tile or wallpaper behind your mirror would create a nice frame. Consider unmounting the existing mirror and putting up tile or a decorative wallpaper creating a framed wall. If you have small bathroom try light tile or wallpaper colors.

    If you have any extra material in your house, try creating a fabric frame. Sheer gauze behind a mirror would create a light and airy feel and is easy to wash. Because of the moisture in the room, you'd want to make sure to wash the fabric to prevent mildew.

Installation

  • Installing the frame will require few supplies and is an easy weekend project. Once you have chosen what materials to use and have the frame ready to mount, secure it to the wall with nails. Finding a stud with a stud reader is helpful if the material is heavy. It can provide a solid support behind the wall for your mirror. Once installed, you'll cover any showing nails with putty. Once the putty dries, paint the small holes to match the existing wall.

    Fabric can be installed using a staple gun or installing a curtain rod at the top of the wall. If you chose the curtain rod, make sure any surrounding fixtures don't pose a problem. With a staple gun you'll want to allow at least 1 inch of extra fabric at the top to create a border.

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