One thing with this bathroom redo I went back and forth on was the big, frameless, builder-basic mirror over the vanity. I knew I didn't want to leave it as-is, but I really didn't want to buy anything major for this room. I liked the size and scale of the mirror, and how it does make the room look a little larger.
But a replacement for something this size would be more dinero than I cared to spend.
So, a little DIY action was in order.
I started with a few pieces of this fancy chair rail from Lowe's.
The awesome thing about this is that it's a PVC composite, not real wood. It's light, pre-primed, and SUPER easy to cut.
We measured the edges of the mirror - and if your mirror is super close to, or butts up against a wall on one side like ours does, make sure to take that space into account, otherwise it will throw off your length.
Simple 45-degree cuts are all you need.
Once the pieces were cut, I painted them with the same black paint I used for the vanity.
DON'T FORGET to paint at least halfway down the back side, as well. Since these are going on a mirror, you will see a small reflection of the back of your trim in the glass, and you don't want sloppy paint or bright white primed trim staring back at you!
There are a lot of ways you can choose to set up your frame.
We chose to adhere the trim directly to the mirror and I'll tell you why:
We had originally planned to notch out the back of the trim on the top rail to account for those plastic clips that supposedly hold the mirror to the wall. When Mr.V. removed one to measure how deep the notch had to be, we discovered that our builder had, in fact, glued the mirror directly to the wall!
SO, if we ever wanted to remove the mirror in the future, we'll basically have to destroy it. Therefore, we weren't worried about a little adhesive.
I started with the bottom rail, put it in place (I used liquid nails. E3000 would also work - just make sure whatever adhesive you use is clear!) and used painters tape to keep it from moving around while it dried. I let the adhesive cure overnight, then went about placing the rest of the frame.
You will notice that your joints might not be 100% flush, and that's OK.
I just used my favorite wood filler to fill in the gaps. Put it on, wipe it smooth, then let it dry.
Once it's dry, sand and wipe the dust with a clean damp cloth.
Then, you can paint over it and it's seamless.
Ta-Da! That's it!
(I told you it was gonna be easy :) )
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