How to Make a DIY Mirror Frame with Moulding

Posted by: on July 26th, 2013 | 13 Comments
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A beautiful bathroom mirror with a DIY mirror frame

 

Dress up a mirror with a custom-made frame. Our step-by-step instructions will take you through how to make this DIY mirror frame out of moulding. You can also download the instructions and print them out.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 4-6 hours, including paint drying time
Cost: Less than $50

Tools and Materials

 

A woman measures a bathroom mirror preparing to make a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 1

Measure the length and height of your mirror to determine how large a frame you need.

 

A woman nails pieces of moulding together to create a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 2

Select the trim you think best matches your bathroom or interior space. Consider combining multiple types of trim such as chair rail and wainscoting to get a layered look.

Purchase moulding from The Home Depot where an associate can cut it for you for free.

 

A woman measures a bathroom mirror in ensure a close fit for a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 3

Measure your mirror and materials again to ensure a proper fit.

Select the wood you would like to use on the outer frame. Then measure the wood that you want to be your outer piece.

Mark the wood measurement on the outer edge of the wood.

You want the corners of the moulding to meet at a 45-degree angle, so keep that in mind when you’re marking it.

 

Cutting the moulding to create a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 4

Cut a 45-degree angle on the wood using the miter box and saw.

Use the mark you made as the outer part of the cut, then cut inward.

Make the 45-degree cut going the other direction at the other end.

Continue measuring and cutting all four sides.

 

Assembling the pieces of a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 5

After cutting all the wood, use a high-grit sandpaper to soften the edges. Then use wood glue to attach the four pieces together.

Don’t worry if they don’t fit perfectly — you can use paintable caulk to achieve a professional and seamless look.

 

A woman paints a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 6

Prime and paint the mirror frame.

If this mirror is going to be hung in the humid environment of a bathroom, we suggest priming and painting both sides of the wood.

Consider using spray paint to achieve a high-gloss finish, or consider interior paints such as Martha Stewart Living paint in a specialty finish like metallic gold as an alternate way to add a luxe, gilded look to your frame.

 

Hanging a mirror with a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 7

Arrange the pieces to mount to your mirror frame.

Glue the middle of the back of each strip of moulding.

Install your DIY mirror frame by hanging it onto the mirror.

 

Closeup showing detail of a DIY mirror frame

 

Step 8

Fill any small gaps in the corners with caulk.

Once that’s dry, paint it to match.

 

Download printable instructions for this DIY mirror frame and get started!

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog.

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  1. Carol Hein says:

    I don’t have a miter box. Is there any way to build a frame without it? Or can Home Depot make these cuts too?

    • Craig Allen says:

      Carol,

      I took your question to our online How-To Forums, where our home improvement experts can take a look at it and come up with advice for you.

      Click here to go to where I posted your question.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. [...] 4. Frame a mirror. Is your mirror just hanging on the wall in your bathroom? Frame it! Just the simple accent of just adding a frame can make a huge difference in the way it looks. You can easily purchase materials like tile or moulding to frame a mirror. Home Depot had an excellent post all about how to do it yourself!  [...]

  3. Hey …this can be done with an apartment …instead of attaching to the wall with adhesive …attach to mirror with command strips..also found at Home depot . It works fine….I even updated this to Home depot mold design strip molding….I picked a very beautiful molding strip and had them cut it . I glued the frame together with wood glue ( from home depot) . and attached my command strip to mirror and attached the frame …..tooo cute. I will post a picture as soon as I can get my daughter to post it ….computer dummy (LOL).
    ENJOY!

  4. Odelia says:

    WHat is the name of this wallpaper for this bathroom? Is it Sold at the HomeDepot?
    Thanks

    • Craig Allen says:

      The wallpaper is made by Brewster Home Fashions. The pattern is simply called Geometric. I’m pretty sure the color is Aqua.

      The Home Depot does indeed carry it.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  5. Will this project work with a plate glass mirror with clips ??

  6. Nancy Small says:

    How do you make the frame flush with the mirror, over the mirror clips?

    • Craig Allen says:

      That’s a good question, Nancy.

      Take a look at the photos above Step 4 and Step 5. You’ll see that the inner-most bit of moulding is offset just a bit, with a little bit of moulding hanging off the inner edge of the frame. That will allow room for the mirror clips behind the frame.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  7. Wow! Thats so cool! One of my favorite mirrors broke recently and I was wanting a new one, would be really cool to build my own!!