Mirror Frame: How to Update a Basic Bathroom Mirror

Mirror and sink in elegant modern bathroom

This article will help you if you have a basic bathroom mirror and want to update its look, you can create a new frame for your home.

Here is a list of Materials that you need:

  •  Measuring tape
  •  Miter saw or miter box and handsaw
  • Wood glue
  •  Finish nails and a nail gun or hammer and nails
  •  Sandpaper
  •  Paint or stain
  •  Paintbrush or sponge

Here is a list of Tools that you need:

  • Miter Saw (or have Home Depot cut you wood for you)
  • Caulk Gun
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Clamps
  • Rubber Mallet

Steps to achieve your goal

 1. Measure the dimensions of your mirror and add a few inches to each side. This will be the size of the frame you need to make.

 2. Choose your wood. You can use any type of wood that you like, but make sure it is thick enough to create a substantial frame. MDF or pine are good options.

 3. Cut the wood at a 45-degree angle using a miter saw or a miter box and handsaw. Cut four pieces of wood for the top, bottom, and sides of the mirror frame.

 4. Apply wood glue to the mitered corners of the frame pieces and press them together. Use finish nails and a nail gun or hammer and nails to secure the corners.

 5. Sand the frame to smooth out any rough edges or bumps.

 6. Apply paint or stain to the frame using a paintbrush or sponge. Make sure to cover all surfaces and edges evenly.

 7. Allow the frame to dry completely.

 8. Apply a second coat of paint or stain if necessary.

 9. Once the frame is completely dry, attach it to the mirror using a strong adhesive or brackets.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and unique frame for your basic bathroom mirror that will give it a fresh new look.

How to choose a wood for your frame

There are several factors to consider when choosing wood for a mirror frame:

 1. Style: The wood you choose should match the style of your bathroom and the rest of your home. For example, if you have a rustic bathroom, you may want to choose a wood with a natural or distressed finish, while a modern bathroom may require a sleeker wood with a smooth finish.

 2. Durability: The wood you choose should be durable enough to withstand the moisture and humidity of a bathroom. Woods such as oak, maple, and cherry are all durable options that can withstand the humidity.

 3. Grain pattern: The grain pattern of the wood can add visual interest to your mirror frame. Woods with a prominent grain pattern, such as oak or ash, can create a striking look, while woods with a more subtle grain pattern, such as maple or birch, can create a more understated look.

 4. Color: The color of the wood should complement the color scheme of your bathroom. Lighter woods such as maple or birch can create a bright and airy feel, while darker woods such as cherry or walnut can create a more warm and cozy feel.

 5. Cost: Finally, the cost of the wood should also be considered. Some woods, such as cherry or walnut, can be more expensive than others, such as pine or poplar. Consider your budget and choose a wood that fits within your price range.

Overall, the wood you choose for your mirror frame should be durable, visually appealing, and complementary to your bathroom’s style and color scheme

Best wood types for your bathroom

Here are some of the best types of wood for mirror frames in the bathroom:

 1. Oak: Oak is a durable and popular hardwood that is often used for furniture and cabinetry. It has a distinctive grain pattern and comes in a range of colors from light to dark, making it a versatile choice for mirror frames.

 2. Maple: Maple is a dense and strong hardwood that is known for its smooth and even texture. It has a subtle grain pattern and comes in a range of colors from light to medium, making it a popular choice for modern and minimalist bathrooms.

 3. Cherry: Cherry is a luxurious and elegant hardwood that is known for its rich, warm colors and beautiful grain pattern. It is a popular choice for traditional and classic bathroom styles.

 4. Walnut: Walnut is a dark and rich hardwood that has a unique grain pattern and a luxurious feel. It is a popular choice for modern and contemporary bathroom styles.

 5. Mahogany: Mahogany is a reddish-brown hardwood that has a rich and luxurious feel. It has a distinctive grain pattern and is often used for high-end furniture and cabinetry, making it a great choice for upscale bathroom designs.

These woods are all durable, visually appealing, and well-suited for use in the bathroom. However, it is important to keep in mind that wood frames will require proper maintenance and protection against moisture to ensure their longevity in a bathroom environment.

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