How To Build A Rustic Wood Frame For A Bathroom Mirror

Hey hey!  Thank you all for your sweet comments about our $100 Bathroom Makeover.   Many of you loved our newly framed mirror, and I gotta tell you, the engineer is pretty proud of that.  I decided he would be the best person to teach you how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror, so brace yourselves.  You’re about to be “engineered.”

 

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

How To Build A Rustic Wood Frame For A Bathroom Mirror

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We started by measuring length of the mirror and the height of the mirror and adding one inch to each measurement so that our frame would sit on top of the mirror and overhang about a 1/2 inch on each end.  We purchased enough 1×4 boards to cover these measurements.

The engineer used this square to mark a 45 degree angle at the end of each board with a pencil.  For example, the board for the top of the mirror was cut so that each end sported a 45 degree angle towards the center.  (think of a picture frame)

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

He used a miter saw to cut the angle marked by the pencil line above.

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

Because our mirror had small plastic clips (two each on the top and bottom edges), a router was used to cut a small “channel” to over those clips and allow the frame to sit flush.

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

Pretty slick, huh?

how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror

After the boards were cut and routed, they were sanded first with 80 grit sandpaper and then with 120 grit.  We were going for a rustic look, so this sanding prep was sufficient.   We then stained them with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut.  Gel stain is perfect for all kinds of wood, and is easy for a beginner to apply evenly because it doesn’t soak in to the wood like other stains.  One coat was perfect.

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One piece of stain advice:  make sure that you stain both sides of each board.  After you hang them on the mirror, the underside will show as a reflection in the mirror.  We might have had to take our down, stain the backside and put them back up…

We hung our rustic wood frame using 3M Command Strips.  It’s plenty secure, but could easily be removed by the next owners if they are fools that don’t love rustic wood frames.  ;)

A couple more tips:

  • If your mitered cuts don’t fit perfectly, you can fill the cracks with a little wood putty and stain it to match.
  • We recommend hanging the bottom piece first, using a level to make sure it’s straight, then one end, the top, and finally the other end.

I hope that you are inspired to try framing your bathroom mirror!  It would mean the world to us if you would share this post with your family and friends!

How to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror. This DIY farmhouse decor project will add rustic charm to your space.

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Thank you so much for reading!

 

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4 thoughts on “How To Build A Rustic Wood Frame For A Bathroom Mirror

  1. But you don’t explain how you attach the WOOD to the mirror (you say you hung the MIRROR with 3m strips. Did u mean to say u hung the wood onto the mirror that way?!?!). Please explain!!!!!

    1. So sorry, Katie, yes I meant to say that they wood is attached to the mirror with Command strips. Sorry for the typo, I will fix it right now. Have a great day!

  2. This looks great Kimm! I love the way the wood really adds texture to the space and for such a great price too – that’s even better. Thanks for the great tips! Hugs, CoCo

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