DIY Framed Bathroom Mirror

I’m working on updating our downstairs half bathroom.  We had just a simple builder grade mirror and I wanted to give it more of a custom feel.  I love the look of framed mirrors in the bathroom like this one from Pottery Barn, but the price tag: not so much.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1×4 boards (enough to border your mirror)
  • liquid nails
  • paint
  • chair rail moulding for the top (optional)
  • miter saw (I use this one and highly recommend it)
  • spackle (can be found here)

Measure your mirror to determine the dimensions and cut your boards accordingly.  I decided not to miter this time because I wanted it to be “seamless” around the mirror.

I also added some chair rail trim to the top to give it a finished look.  Use your liquid nails to attach it.

Flip everything over and paint the back of the boards.  You’ll want to do this because the backs will show in the reflection of the mirror.

Using the Liquid Nails, glue it to the mirror and let it dry.  Liquid Nails is some powerful stuff, so you don’t need to wait too long. I think I waited about 30 minutes.

Fill in all of your holes with spackle and give it a good sanding. Then just tape your edges and paint away!

Total cost:

  • Chair Rail Moulding: $3.95
  • 1x4s: $6.96
  • Liquid Nails: $3.97
  • paint (already had)
  • spackle (already had)


  1. Love this! I’ve been searching for an inexpensive way to jazz up the spare bathroom—this is it! Thank you!

  2. I love this idea, but I’m a bit confused. What nail holes are you patching if this was all glued together?

    1. Hi Heather –
      The holes I’m patching are just imperfections in the wood because I wanted a smooth finish without any knotholes.

      1. Ok, thanks for clarifying. I thought I missed something. I can’t wait to try this!

  3. You did a great job and for so cheap. I need to do this like to every bathroom mirror in my new house. Great tip to on painting the back of the boards. Could you imagine how disappointing it would have been to realize that after liquid nails! LOL!!

  4. This looks so great!!! I actually did the same thing in two of our bathrooms! I love that it makes such a huge impact for not a lotta buck 😀

    Wanted to say thank you for your sweet comment, and that I’m LOVING your blog. I’m your newest follower!


  5. I want to do this in our bathroom. Thanks for the great tutorial. 🙂 Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower, too.} Cute blog!


  6. Hey! One of my biggest pet peeves is the boring mirrors builders install in bathrooms. This is such a great, simple solution! And at such a great price! Thanks for showing us the how-to.

  7. I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on my FB, and featured in my blog. Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop 🙂

  8. Love this! I wish we could do this in our current home- it would really add some nice architectural detail. But we’re renting so maybe in our next house! Following you back!

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