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Project by BB1 posted 08-09-2020 02:47 AM 628 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some reason we decided to redo a couple bathrooms this summer. We had large mirrors in each. Decided to try to salvage the mirrors but wanted them to look a bit more finished. My husband asked if I could make frames but I didn’t see how to do a true frame and still use the hooks that were use previously to hold the mirrors to the wall. Decided to attach the wood directly to the mirrors rather than having the mirrors held within a frame. Used Gorilla adhesive to attach. We were able to use the same clips that hold the mirror in place I just had to router a spot for those. Had to attach the bottom board for each once it was in place as the mirrors had to be tilted to get in place. One was painted poplar (first two pictures) and the other was oak with General Finishes onyx water-based stain along with GF High Performance (like how the grain shows). Not super high level woodworking but one does have nice miters and did a extra thick side to give the illusion of a frame for the first one where the side is visible. Anyway saved some $$$$ by reusing.





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BB1

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#1 posted 08-09-2020 02:50 AM

Oh…and redid the vanities so they “match” the mirrors (or actually mirrors match the vanities!!)

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#2 posted 08-09-2020 01:57 PM

Nice way to dress up plain mirrors and avoid all that scary work of removing and rehanging! The color fits right in with the matching vanity, great summer project!

BTW, did you notice you got photo-bombed on the second picture 8^)

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#3 posted 08-09-2020 01:59 PM



Nice way to dress up plain mirrors and avoid all that scary work of removing and rehanging! The color fits right in with the matching vanity, great summer project!

BTW, did you notice you got photo-bombed on the second picture 8^)

- splintergroup

Haha…the photo bomber is the cause of all this work!! His idea to update the bathrooms. Probably right, but sure took a long time!

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#4 posted 08-09-2020 04:14 PM

these frames really set off the tops very nicely GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 08-09-2020 05:51 PM



these frames really set off the tops very nicely GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Thanks. Our saying this summer as we plodded along with various projects (lot of other home projects in addition to the bathrooms) was: “it’s better than it was” haha – actually most were good updates

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#6 posted 08-09-2020 09:48 PM

Great looking solution! I have been thinking of doing this too. My reason though was to hide the edge of the mirror where the silver has eroded on my wall mirrors. Of course, I will have to redo the vanities most likely. Thanks for sharing. Dan

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#7 posted 08-09-2020 10:02 PM



Great looking solution! I have been thinking of doing this too. My reason though was to hide the edge of the mirror where the silver has eroded on my wall mirrors. Of course, I will have to redo the vanities most likely. Thanks for sharing. Dan

- RDan

In the first one that is shown with a gray counter I had to do an edge to cover the side. It did require some thinking as I had to make adjustments for mitered corners.
All the others were against the wall or had to be open for the clips.

The one mirror (2nd one with the white counter) did have some issues along the bottom and the wood nicely covered that up. Note that you will want to have some stain or paint on both sides of the wood – or at least along the inner edge of the underside – as the mirror will reflect any unfinished area. We had started to attach the first board when I saw that so we had to scramble to get some color on the underside of the board that would be against the mirror.

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#8 posted 08-09-2020 11:41 PM

Great job on the mirror and the bathroom. Your right you did save a ton of $$$.

I have to look into the Gorilla Adhesive. Does it stick instantly?

I have two more of those to do.

.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 08-10-2020 12:10 AM

Real nice frames , Barbara!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-10-2020 01:01 AM

I like the frames. I did something similar a while back using double stick tape to get the faux wood frames to cover the edges where the silver on the back of the mirror was starting to fail.

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#11 posted 08-10-2020 02:09 AM

The Gorilla adhesive was pretty quick to hold, could adjust a bit. For the bottom piece that we had to stick on once the mirror was hung on the hooks, we just held it in place for a brief time and it has stayed firmly in place.


Great job on the mirror and the bathroom. Your right you did save a ton of $$$.

I have to look into the Gorilla Adhesive. Does it stick instantly?

I have two more of those to do.

.

- James E McIntyre


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#12 posted 08-10-2020 02:14 AM



Real nice frames , Barbara!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Thank Jim


I like the frames. I did something similar a while back using double stick tape to get the faux wood frames to cover the edges where the silver on the back of the mirror was starting to fail.

- swirt


Double sided tape is strong – hadn’t thought of that option.

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