88 responses

  1. Stacy Marie
    May 25, 2010

    it looks great! good job!

  2. Cin
    May 25, 2010

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. I've been staring at the same style of mirror for the past 10 years begging my husband to frame up the mirror. I finally broke down and bought a new light fixture last week so hopefully that will inspire him! Not planning to redo the bathroom anytime soon but I'm thinking a new fixture & mirror may jazz it up a bit.

  3. Candace
    May 25, 2010

    You did a wonderful job, and I'm feeling totally inspired!

  4. Kristi
    May 25, 2010

    It looks great and I'm impressed that you did it by yourself. I had to get hubs to help me. Oh, and I forgot to paint the back of my molding so I have that dang reflection! Bet I won't forget on the next one.

  5. Kristi
    May 25, 2010

    It looks great and I'm impressed that you did it by yourself. I had to get hubs to help me. Oh, and I forgot to paint the back of my molding so I have that dang reflection! Bet I won't forget on the next one.

  6. kladle
    May 25, 2010

    Looks fabulous! You make it sound so easy. I just might have to do this. Better yet, could you come to my house and do it for me? That would be awesome! :)

  7. Life in Rehab
    May 25, 2010

    As always, a beautifully done, and you make it look so easy I'm going to have to try it.

  8. Love Being a Nonny
    May 25, 2010

    Looks great! I am going to do this. I have been saying it, now I REALLY am! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Loose Sparrow Arts N Crafts
    May 25, 2010

    Wow! I am impressed. It looks so professional.

  10. Jax @ AlyandAsh
    May 25, 2010

    This looks awesome! Great idea!

  11. Condo Blues
    May 25, 2010

    Did you use liquid nails to glue the frame to the mirror or to the wall?

  12. Megan @ polishthestars.com
    May 25, 2010

    Wow that made a huge difference for such a small change! Great job!

  13. Suzanne
    May 25, 2010

    I have 4 mirrors that need this transformation. You did a beautiful job!

  14. Becca
    May 25, 2010

    Yep, that's next on my TO DO list. It looks great!


  15. Beki – TheRustedChain
    May 25, 2010

    It's perfect!

  16. Jill
    May 25, 2010

    I've been wanting to do this. Now I'm going to do this!

  17. PeaceLoveApplesauce
    May 25, 2010

    Love, love this!!!

  18. Emily
    May 25, 2010

    What a great idea! I might have to try this when my hubby's out of the country for two weeks…in two years!

  19. Christine:)
    May 26, 2010

    What a beautiful finished product! I love the dark color contrast against the blue wall.

  20. Nadine
    May 26, 2010

    Looks great!! I swear there is nothing you can't do!

  21. Marie
    May 26, 2010

    I've been staring at our kids bathroom mirror thinking it needs to be framed in, but had no idea how to do it! I'm going to give this a try, but have my hubby do it. I'm not that brave. I stick to sewing and will help him in this area if need be. You're pretty awesome for doing it on your own!

  22. Infarrantly Creative
    May 26, 2010

    it looks like it was meant to be. Those plain builder mirrors are so boring. I have two of them myself!

  23. ificould
    May 26, 2010

    Thanks for the clear directions. I've seen this done before, but haven't found anyone that gives me the step-by-step instructions. Perfect!! I'm featuring this tutorial on Wednesday. Thank you!!

  24. Meeks
    May 26, 2010

    Well done to you! I love what you have done, and while your hubby was away too…impressive (I can totally imagine the thought of his surprise helped you to keep going)

  25. Lynn from For Love or Funny
    May 26, 2010

    Hi Becca,
    I'm so glad you gave us the steps to this tutorial. I've been meaning to try this, so I'm going to bookmark your post to guide me through. I'm so happy to read that it was fairly easy to do! :)

  26. [email protected]
    May 26, 2010

    Very nice improvement! Looks great!

  27. Amanda
    May 26, 2010

    What a gorgeous transformation!!

  28. Kari @ Ucreate
    May 26, 2010

    What a fabulous makeover! LOVE the frame on this mirror because it doesn't shrink the mirror part too much like others I've seen. I'll be sending my readers your way!

  29. the Adkins
    May 26, 2010

    Do you have the mirror clips? And if so, how did you deal with them?
    It looks lovely!

    • Melanie
      June 5, 2012

      Mine has the mirror clips and I’m afraid if I remove them the mirror will fall (maybe it’s not glued to the wall enough). Did you find our what to do in our case? Thanks.

      • Emily
        June 27, 2012

        I was just searching the comments for an answer to this exact same question!

      • Whitney
        July 3, 2012

        I saw on another blog that she replaced the plastic clips with thin washers to hold the mirror in place. The washers are thin enough that the trim lays flat against the mirror. Her link: http://www.somewhatsimple.com/how-to-frame-your-bathroom-mirror-over-plastic-clips/

      • Nuchie
        November 20, 2012

        Tried and failed. The washers still showed some and if your mirror does not fit on your granite or marble back splash the washers will not hold it. My correction is to buy a wood for framing wider than I did and route out the inside to cover the plastic clips. Then proceed as said.

  30. Rebekah
    May 26, 2010

    AMAZING!!! We were so busy with our adoption/newborn last summer that we didn't get any summer projects done. Now, I'm hyped up with ideas. I'm for sure stealing this one!!

    Thanks :)

  31. Sunshine of Seven
    May 26, 2010

    That totally dresses that mirror up! I have a mirror that I need to do this to! Thanks & Great Job!

  32. Mel P
    May 26, 2010

    What a huge difference! Fantasic job.

  33. Lolly Jane
    May 27, 2010

    lovin it. thx for the diy instructions!

  34. Anonymous
    May 27, 2010

    I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial!!

    BTW, it is a 45 degree angle, not 90 degree like you stated. :)

  35. Katie
    May 27, 2010

    I've wanted to do this for a while in my last house and now in this one. You've inspired me. Off to Home Depot!

  36. Lizzy
    May 27, 2010

    I have a question, I have a unframed mirror that I want to glue to the wall with the mirror adhesive you showed in the picture, do I have to use clips with that? The directions say use them, however I was wondering if your mirror had them?

    • Melanie
      June 5, 2012

      Mine has the mirror clips and I’m afraid if I remove them the mirror will fall (maybe it’s not glued to the wall enough). Did you find our what to do if there are clips? Thanks.

  37. Becca
    June 3, 2010

    Lizzy, I did not have clips on my mirror!

  38. kylie.morrison
    January 25, 2011

    Becca, I love it! My home has the huge builders mirrors that I couldn't handle on my own. I noted that your mirror appeared to be butted up against the wall on the left side but don't wan't to assume that you used the liqid nails directly on the mirror's surface. If so, then this is the answer I have been looking for and won't need to ask for help. I can do it all by myself!Did you actually apply the liquid nails and molding directly onto the mirror? Thanks. Mary Jane

  39. Kari
    February 17, 2011

    This is brilliant!! I have two huge mirrors like this and I am so using your post for inspiration :) I have plans to make one a huge starburst mirror. Thank you! I will post pictures on my blog http://thesunsetlane.blogspot.com


  40. Jane
    April 27, 2011

    I have been wanting to do this FOREVER!! But never got around to it. We have a gorgeous master bath but the mirrors look so Blah. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  41. Candi
    April 27, 2011

    Hello :) I am SUPER excited to do this!! I just sent my husband to Home Depot to get the molding (because he was going anyway)… he didn’t find the SAME as you bought (which I love!!!) Did you get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s or somewhere else?? I love that your molding is kind of like three frames around… others he found weren’t as detailed… but he did find a REALLY cool super chunky frame we are going to use in our master bath!! Can ya help me out for out 1/2 bath? Thanks bunches!! :)

  42. Jayna Rae
    April 28, 2011

    I really, really want to do this in my master bath. Maybe I should do the guest bath too?

  43. BizzyMom
    August 9, 2011

    NICE!! I just got moulding over the weekend to do this very same idea!

  44. Linda
    September 12, 2011

    LOVE IT!

    It’s hard to tell in the picture….does your mirror have the clips on it to hold it on to the wall? Mine does and was wondering how that would work. I want to put the molding directly on the mirror also because the end of the mirror is flaked.


  45. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints
    October 10, 2011

    SO getting ready to do this project. Excited!! Quick question for ya. What about the clips?? My mirror has those plastic clips. Do you have to remove those? Just wondering. Thanks so much.

  46. Safeena
    October 24, 2011

    Cut your angels


  47. cynthia
    November 3, 2011

    Great tutorial. The Yellow Cape Cod shared this. I’m so going to do this for my mirror

  48. Danielle M
    November 3, 2011

    Please, please let us know about the mirror clips. How did the molding fit over the clips and if you took them off, how does the mirror stay on the wall without them. Would really like to do this in our bathroom but hoping you could let us know before I give this a try. Thanks!

  49. Amy B
    November 29, 2011

    So I have been wanting to do this to our bathroom mirror, thanks for the information! I was curious I have the clear plastic clips outside of the mirror holding it in place as well as glue. Any ideas on how to make this technique work when I don’t have a flat surface around my mirror? Sometimes it is easier to think of a solution when you have done it once. So maybe you have a better idea than I have…crossing my fingers at least!

    • Becca
      November 29, 2011

      I didn’t have the clips so I just glued on top of the mirror! Wish I knew for sure how to get around that! So sorry!

    • Melanie
      June 5, 2012

      Mine has the mirror clips and I’m afraid if I remove them the mirror will fall (maybe it’s not glued to the wall enough). Did you find our what to doe? Thanks.

  50. Jen @ Four Marrs and One Venus
    January 16, 2012

    You make this look Super Duper Easy! I have been wanting to do this–those huge builders mirrors are so ugly- you have me convinced that I can tackle this! Thank you!!

  51. Erika
    April 28, 2012

    So I’m moving into an apartment with a mirror just like that, and I love the idea of framing it, but I can’t do anything permanent. Any ideas of how to attach the molding in a non-permanent way?



    • Becca
      April 29, 2012

      You can try assembling it on the ground and then attaching it using hook and loop! 3M command strips are easy to remove and I use them as often as possible! It might take a few packs but so worth a try!

  52. Gladys
    May 18, 2012

    This looks so great!! I’m doing an overhaul of our hall bath and this is such a fantastic idea to makeup those ugly mirrors!! One question for you – what kind of molding did you use? I’m looking online at Home Depot and can’t seem to find anything similar… maybe I just need to go in and look in person?
    If you remember the name and measurements (width) of your molding that would be great!!
    Thanks in advance!

  53. Mary
    June 26, 2012

    Did you just glue the molding over the plastic holders? i’m just wondering if i should remove them first.

  54. Laura Leigh
    October 7, 2012

    I love the framed mirror and need to do this to mine. I was wondering how this looks from the side. Can you see the mirror behind the molding since you glued it on top of it? Also, does the molding extend past the length of the mirror at all? I hope that makes sense. Thanks.

  55. Jennifer
    January 29, 2013

    This looks great and I really want to try this on mybathroom mirrors, only one question my mirrors have a glass molding along the outside edge. How can I remove without damaging the mirror. Thanks

  56. Luv
    February 22, 2013

    Hi, I am a D.I.Y newbie and have been inundated (in a good way) with so many different ideas. My creative side is uber excited about implementing the different techniques I come across. I am a renter so I am very limited as to what I can do with the existing fixtures and things in this apartment home. I have two questions: 1. Is this a permanent fix to the mirror? 2. If so, do you have a temporary suggestion of how I could dress up my builder mirrors so when I move they can look the way they were before? Thanks for your help and for posting this tutorial. :)

  57. Luv
    February 22, 2013

    Also, if the home improvement stores will cut the molding to the exact size, why is it suggested to get the molding 6 inches longer than needed? I was confused by that part. Did you subsequently cut off the 6 inches at home? Thanks for any response…

  58. Lori Jozwiak
    March 27, 2013

    Does anyone have the mirrors that have a piece of metal trim across the bottom edge? I don’t have the plastic clips but I have this thin piece at the bottom that makes everything uneven. I did my small bathroom mirror with tiles around it and it took us all day to get that trim off. Just wondered if anyone had a trick. We had to use a roto zip and almost broke the mirror. UGH!

  59. Stacy
    June 1, 2013

    Looks so great! I have been wanting to do this for years but couldn’t figure out the sides I.e. can u see the mirror under the moulding from the side? The 3 mirrors I want to do all abut a wall on only one side. Can u see the mirror underneath on the side where yours doesn’t meet the wall? If so does it look ok? Thanks!

  60. Colleen
    November 24, 2013

    Did you also caulk around the mirror, against the wall? Since the moulding is glued to the mirror itself, there is a big gap between the frame and the wall! Help!

  61. Rilane
    June 25, 2014

    Wow. The mirror now looks great … Really nice tutorial

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  65. Jenn
    March 9, 2015

    Prob a dumb question but since the bottom of the mirror is against the backsplash thing do you glue the board directly on the mirror? or do you reposition the mirror? I’m so confused. I just need to know if were framing around the whole mirror or putting the frame on the actual mirror. Thanks.

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  68. Moma Erickson
    July 21, 2016

    I read on another tutorial that all you have to do is notch out the wood on the back of the molding where the clips are and it will lay flat against the mirror.

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      July 21, 2016

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  69. Chris
    July 25, 2016

    I am curious how this looks from the side. Would you see the mirror with molding glued on top of it since you did not use a router?

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