DIY Framed Bathroom Mirrors

One of the biggest changes from our bathroom makeover was when we framed our builder-grade mirrors. We were trying to do this bathroom makeover project as inexpensively as we could while still updating the look, and we think framing the mirror and adding some metal accents really improved everything overall while keeping the cost down.

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Here is how we did it!



– 4 pieces of 1×4 Knotty Alder wood cut to length

-One extra piece of 1/4″ scrap wood to sit above the mirror to create a flush surface

-miter saw

Stain in color of choice and paper towels or old rags to rub it on. We used THIS stain.

– 4 L brackets– We spray painted ours black

– 8 black screws: we could not find just black screws in the hardware section, so we bought a little kit that included at least 8 black screws, and the whole kit only cost a few bucks, so it was worth it to us.

-Drill with driver bit

-Small drill bit for pilot hole

1 tube of Gorilla Glue Adhesive


Begin by cutting your wood to the length using 45* miter angles.

Stain your wood using paper towels or an old rag. I REALLY wanted an aged look and spent quite a while at Home Depot testing different stains on various woods, and after a LOT of trial and error, we discovered the stain we bought to be the one. (See above.)


Once dry, lay out your frame on a flat surface and ensure all angles match up nicely. And if not, try again. Ha!


Then, glue the inside of the corners making sure not to use too much glue so it doesn’t seep out.


Next, center the L brackets on each corner and drill pilot holes before screwing them into place.


Next, place the frame over the mirror to make sure it fits, and then with a dry erase marker, roughly trace the inside of the frame onto the mirror so that you have a guideline for where to glue. Using tight S patterns, apply the Gorilla Glue on the mirror about an inch or so inside the line you made so that when the wood presses against it, it doesn’t squirt out the sides.


Once the glue is on the mirror, place the frame over the glue, make sure it is level, and press firmly until secure. That’s it!



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Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh I love this! We are thinking of doing this!

  2. Ooooh you’re getting me inspired! I have two unframed bathroom mirrors and they’re driving me nuts. I think I have my next home project!!!

  3. I love the stain color! And the size is brilliant. So light and useful!

  4. Gorgeous! Great couple project to do with my husband

  5. Thanks for sharing this. We have the same lights in your before picture in our bathroom and I would like to change out. We also have a big mirror I would like to put a frame on as well.

  6. I have definitely pinned this image before. Love it!!

  7. Wow, this turned out great! You’re so crafty, I wish I could make this!

  8. This turned out so beautiful!! Framed mirrors can be so expensive, this DIY is awesome!

  9. A framed mirror completely transforms a bathroom. Lovely!

  10. This makes such a difference, I’m obsessed with your bathroom!!

  11. This is so cute! Will definitely try this for my new home!

  12. Love this DIY! It’s so simple & has a super strong impact on the bathroom

  13. What a great idea! You did such a great job too.

  14. I love that mirror frame! This is something my husband could easily do.

  15. This looks great! I’ve been looking for a new mirror for ours. I think I will try this instead. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I love this idea! What a cool way to transform your bathroom mirror, I really like how industrial it looks, and not to mention your bathroom is amazing!

    ~xo Sheree

  17. OMG! I love this! I have been wanting to do something with all our builder grade mirrors in all the bathrooms, but couldn’t figure out what to do!

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