http://s1281.photobucket.com/user/mmansker/library/Bathroom%20Project. I used a chisel to make space for the washer on the back of the molding. Thanks for stopping by Jay! Yes, the molding I got was one of the cheapest moldings available so it is very thin. I am eager to try this with our builders grade mirrors in our master bathroom! To take the track off you have to lift the mirror off and up. Step 4: Once I’d assembled the frame, I took the top two clips off and used a glue specifically designed for mirrors to glue the mirror to the wall. . My mirror has two v-shaped clips at the bottom. Use painters tape to hold the corners together and assemble the frame without glue on a flat surface to check for gaps. I’m so glad you found the solution! Cut 2-inch lengths of 1-inch-wide, double-sided, heavy-duty mounting tape. You will see that the frame still doesn't lie quite flat to the mirror because of the clips. My mirror has the old metal clips. Mine worked just fine! I too have been wondering what to do about those clips. . The edges are pretty bad, where the mirror has water damage. Hi Dee- I actually made the frame with some molding from Lowes. There was also GOOP, which which is clear, and I have heard is a very strong adhesive. I am so glad it worked out for you- and thanks for those helpful tips! I put my molding right on top of the silver trim to cover it. It sits flat. Thank you! I’ve seen other tutorials but the “what to do with the brackets” step was never mentioned so that left me wondering what to do with them. There still seems to be enough that would make it stick out and the trim not sit flush. Thank you for this! So the length of the side molding is the length of the mirror plus the diameter of one washer. I personally love the look of a really thick molding, but for this project I just bought some cheap molding- it matched my doorway trim- because I wasnt sure this was going to turn out and I didnt want to spend a lot of money on it ’til I knew what I was doing. I had the mirror cut down to size and rehung. Be sure to avoid the edges so it doesn’t seep onto your mirror when you press it. Now I can redo the others in the house and not feel the least bit bad about it! I’ve never done it over the metal clips, but if you can replace those with flat washers, it should work just fine. Just add some more liquid nails and let it dry again overnight. This is fantastic information! because if it really is that easy, maybe I could do it? I have been searching for a way to do mine and your descriptions were so accurate and easy to follow. Thanks for stopping by! I have clips at the bottom of my mirror as well ( not the clips you have pictured , just a little metal bracket). . We spent big bucks on the master bath to buy a mirror with moulding….OUCH. Thanks for the tip. Thanks for the great post! Awesome job. I want to do the bigger bathroom mirrors too but figured I couldn’t count on those heavy things being secure with just glue. I just placed the frame to make sure it covered the washer, so it may have been slightly taller than the mirror, not exactly flush with the edge of the mirror. Thank you!!!!! Your mirror looks great! I have wanted to add molding myself but have the stupid plastic clips on the top. All of us on the committee, looked at pictures of different ways to frame out the mirror. Submit your question or review below. Then, grab your knife and make some slices in the wood in between the marks. Framing mirrors is actually pretty easy work as you’ll find out. The washers will hold the mirror to the wall as securely as the plastic clip does, but it lays {almost} flat, so you can glue molding right over the top of it. 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I searched high and low on how to frame a bathroom mirror when your mirror has little {ugly} plastic clips and I couldn’t find any solution. Mine didn’t stick out much further at all – it wasn’t even noticeable! No touch up needed thus far! Great little blog you have here. If I make washers flat to mirror, the mirror is only held up by the screw. We bought three 8′ sections of basic molding at the hardware store for less than $40. This post truly made my day. Thanks Paula! :o). Thanks so much for sharing this tip! My husband measured our mirror and cut the molding into four pieces using the miter saw set at a 45-degree angle. {Insert happy dance here! And I love all the little details and help. When you find which one fits best, unscrew the screw holding the plastic clip and then replace it with the washer, using the same screw and hole already in your wall. Searched everywhere to find out how to frame a mirror with clips. http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2012/02/bathroom-reveal-aqua-yellow-wonderland.html. (of course) How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror. Thanks ! I think I may try framing them out first before taking them down. Do one at a time, obviously. Tip: Look at the molding around one of the doorways in your house to get a visual and to be sure you are cutting it right. I know what I am doing next weekend now!! Nice post! You got my mind brainstorming of other projects that need to be done…….and you have given me the confidence and motivation to do them . © 2020 Somewhat Simple , All Rights Reserved. We hope to inspire moms from all walks of life to simplify their everyday routines and create happiness along the way. Any size should work since you’ll be putting this directly onto the glass, it just depends on how much glass you want to cover. Thanks for inspiring me to go ahead and give it a try. I WISH I WOULD’VE DONE IT A LONG TIME AGO! Place the piece of wood against the mirror and mark the location of the clips with a pen or pencil. My only question is, what did you do about the metal u-channel at the bottom? Is the mirror in your bathroom still the boring builder grade one? I found one. I’m in the process of picking the style of crown molding to do my mirror in my foyer….. And so my mirrors sat there. I re-modeled my bathroom and took the wall to wall mirror down. Here are the pictures, although the “before” isn’t a true before shot. And secondly, my mirror has a 1″ bevel around the edges. I am so glad you found this post! God bless you for posting this. my mirror didn’t have the clips at the bottom! Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges. Wow, thanks for the tip as I am in the middle of the project and already bought the wood for the frame before realizing the clips are too thick! Has anyone tried using velcro to hold the frame to the mirror? . The Creative Team of Somewhat Simple says: I'm Stephanie! Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Thanks so much for sharing this! When you framed in your master bathroom’s mirror, did the stock silver medicine cabinet by the door seem out of place after the molding/frame went up? . }, Look for the thinnest washer you can find- you might want to buy a few sizes and see which one lays flattest against your mirror. Is yours like that and could you possibly send me a picture of what it looks like if it is. I have the same problem and didn’t know what to do about it. Hi Rachael, it actually isn’t too big of a space- I’ve never had issues with it. Keep going until your whole frame is put together. But that would make the frame a touch wider on the right than on the left, unless I do it for all 4 sides. Apply the glue to the back of the trim. This step is easiest with 2 people: have one person hold 2 of the pieces together while the other uses a staple gun to attach the pieces together. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. It works just fine! I’m not sure how to solve that – darn it! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get past those dumb clips for months. I’M GOING TO DO ALL MY MIRRORS NOW! And everyone says something to the effect of: “THIS IS THE EASIEST UPDATE EVER! Now, put the frame onto the Liquid Nails. The original tutorial you used is no longer active I want to try this but I am worried I may miss something crucial. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I want to do this but my husband is still confused about hanging it on the wall once its frames. Thank you so much for spelling out your tips regarding the caulking gun, and the miter box kit. YES!! Thanks for sharing these tips!! YOU. And guess what? You’re so welcome! I contemplated removing those and using the flush-mount mirror clips, but the washer trick sounds way easier and cheaper! Since the wood sits on top of it, it should be the same length. When glued to the back o I’ve also been wanting to frame our builder grade mirror, but didn’t think it could be done with those putrid plastic placeholders (clips)! Your issues were my exact issues with the plastic clips- I literally thought I’d have to shave out a hole or somethng in the framing…lol. I am curious, how was the molding held up? Good luck! TIP: First, when you buy your molding, you might want to pick up one of these: I had heard of them before, I just didn’t know what they were and how to use it. Your mirrors look so nice finished off with the frame. Take the casing and cut the top, bottom and sides to those lengths (on the outside edge) with 45-degree miters on both ends using your miter saw (this should leave a 1-inch overhang when installed on the mirror). Don’t vow not to ever attempt another home improvement project again. (You can purchase washers individually for 10-20 cents each.). Screws in tight to the wall but not tight on the mirror. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop: Amazing what a bit of crown molding can do to a bathroom mirror! It has been those silly little clips that have been holding me back. This allows me to frame the mirror and the only “permanent” part will be the frame that is now glued to the mirror. Great blog you have here! My mirror rests right on the backsplash in a metal u-channel just like yours. My mirror is pretty thick, and it actually seems to be glued to the wall. I always wanted to frame my bathroom mirror but didn’t know how to do it because it had plastic clips over the mirror. Note: I originally hadn’t planned on going the staple route at all. Any other ideas or tips? . Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to tackle some of our builder-grade mirrors and now you’ve given me the directions and confidence to give it a try! I’ve thought of guying a little thin strip of wood to glue over the wood, air and mirror on that right side. Hi! Does any one know how to tell? He was totally right. “THIS IS THE EASIEST UPDATE EVER! Jeanie Hevener Emmert is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Thank you! The clips are designed to hang ¼ in. Great idea! Lesley. I never even considered that option. Tip: If you find your molding bowed in the morning, don’t get discouraged and walk away. I found your blog through Skip to My Lou, thanks for sharing your ideas! (hopefully my questions aren’t too confusing) Thank you! Would washers on the bottom and top hold the mirror up? When I decided I wanted to frame my mirror I couldn’t figure out what to do with these plastic clips. I just put it right over the metal on the bottom too! Thank you so much. Seriously – so happy I found it! One helpful suggestion I have is that we purchased the Composite molding from Lowe’s (Not real wood). This project is one that has been on my to do list for a while now. Remember: You are stapling the back of your frame. However, because you’ll be using a power tool for cutting wood, it is important that you do your work out of the reach of children. Afterward, you can use a chisel to carve out that portion of the wood that already has slices. VOILA’ my problem is solved. No need for special molding or routering a groove… thank you for sharing! Just go right over the top of it! Your warning on the caulking gun will be followed too! I hate those ugly, plastic clips, but love the big huge mirror in the bathroom. I love hearing from you! Are the washers and base metal strip enough to hold everything up? How much room do you have when your cabinet door is open? At this point, you can use a small chisel to make a small recess into the wood. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. What a beautiful job you did. Good luck! Foam spacers are widely available and come in various dimensions. Is that correct? You’re so welcome! This will transform your boring mirror into something gorgeous! This scared me a bit, so I went too light on the liquid nails so as not to have a seeping mess. Good luck with your guest bathroom! I know I want to frame my mirrors, but couldn’t find the solution to work around the clear mirror “holders”. I have a similar bathroom set up and have been itching to do this makeover for months but every time I visualize it in my head, it makes me not do it. Thanks for showing us it is as easy as it seems. I am your newest follower. When we went to replace the clips with the washers, I discovered the mirror was indeed glued on across the bottom, and the clips were screwed into the drywall, basically doing nothing! TIA! What do you think? If you didn’t have the molding touching the wall at all, you could take the mirror off the wall with the molding attached and install a whole new mirror, but the molding will be stuck to the mirror for sure. Maybe if I caulk the small gap that would be created all around on the outside of the front it might look okay. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Any suggestions for doing this with a mirror that has a plug smack in the middle (bottom) of it? I followed the simple tutorial on framing your mirror from Blue Cricket Design. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for leaving a comment! I didn’t want to pay the extra cost to have builder install the frames and it would prolong our closing date. I have a very large mirror like yours and am trying to find where I can purchase the framing. The mirror clips used to hang it were small sea shells and were hung in studs. I have been wanting to do this for quite awhile and I LOVE your tutorial!!! Thanks!!! I almost gave up. This looks so promising and helpful for what I want to do in my bathroom. Those clips held me back for years too! ~ Megan. I e been thinking of this idea for a while now and it is next on my list The thick trim doesn’t need the extra glue because it doesn’t bow as easily (learned about trims once! Now, I just have to do it!!! Some of you will thank me for sharing these, and others will think I am lame for needing to spell it out. Yes, the molding will be adhered to the mirror, NOT the wall! Nope, the medicine cabinet looks just fine! I have tried to replace the clips with washers and they don’t hold the mirror down using same screw and hole. Breathe New Life Into Your Bathroom With These 8 Simple Tips | Funazz – Fun Viral Stories! Thanks a lot! the mirror had been calked to the wall. I like flexibility, so I’d appreciate anyone’s suggestions for other brands of clear adhesives. Thank you so much for this idea! Here is how to frame a bathroom mirror on a budget. I was just going to whittle out a bit of the molding unless you have a better suggestion ??! Cut it, liquid nail it down, and I am guessing caulk to crevices? You’ve solved that problem, and I can’t wait to get started. Your email address will not be published. 8k. Looks terrific. I have totally heard of one of those before but had no clue as to what it was or what it did. We rent, so this is an inexpensive fix to the guest bathroom! This poor thing needed some serious help! Thank you! It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. }, The best part is, the solution is literally 1 more step than all the tutorials I’ve seen to frame out your mirror, so this project is still super easy. Mirror clips are used to hold mirrors to a wall. Way too pricey because it would have damaged the drywall underneath. | The Budget Decorator, 101 Smart Home Remodeling Ideas on a Budget. If you use a regular glue, you risk it discoloring the back of the mirror and potentially bleeding through. But maybe that’s not necessary. But, for whatever reason, he had always despised our basement bathroom mirror. You don't want to see the glue in the mirror. Could I just take the clips off? So our master bathroom mirror has clips on the top and bottom (it’s elevated about 6 inches from the vanity backsplash). A Miter Box is a plastic tool used to cut perfect 45 degree angles- something you need to do for molding projects. That is great Eileen- I am glad this helped! This is probably a permanent project. I looked everywhere for a tutorial that would show me how to solve this issue but didn’t have any luck. Be sure to use CLEAR adhesive/glue. They are used alone, or sometimes with mirror adhesive to ensure that the mirror cannot fall off of the wall. Classic elegance. When I get around to doing my master bathroom I will put more money into buying thicker, nicer molding. I am happy to learn from other people. Home Depot said to put a rail on the bottom and those silly troublesome clips on the sides and top. The backs are half stained too, so the reflection is great. Thanks Cheryl! One thing that struck me though, is how you describe the plastic clips as ugly. I prefer a bathroom that has a medicine (storage) cabinet behind the mirror, for space reasons. We put them on anyway. I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! No frames, no pizazz, no nothing. I have the plastic clips on the top and the bottom too. I’m so sorry!!!! Good luck! I have those plastic clips too. Do I just glue the molding on to the mirror? I can’t wait to try this out! Check out my bathroom makeover! I’M GOING TO DO ALL MY MIRRORS NOW!”. thanks Shelly, I am glad you found these tips useful! You’ll love the results! My concern is with the weight of the mirror with all the wood attached. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Just asking because I haven’t started the project yet. Did you have the ugly mirror medicine cabinet on the wall next to the big mirror? Which I’m willing to gamble with, since it clearly is an improvement. Did you just frame on top of the glass, right up to the tray/holder? Thanks for stopping by . I have a 2nd mirror I’ll be doing next. Where did you find your frame? Collecting and storing the data I submit in this form get me to do this but I ’ m to... 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