How to glue ceramic tiles to mirrors

Updated November 21, 2016

Brighten up a plain mirror in your home with a ceramic tile border or tile accents. This treatment works well on medicine cabinet doors or bathroom mirrors attached to your walls without a frame. The ceramic tile frame will give your mirrors a finished appearance and add to your bathroom decor. If your design contains several different colours or sizes of ceramic tile, sketch it out on a piece of paper before you begin installation to avoid any errors.

Clean the mirror with glass cleaner and a paper towel to remove any grease or dirt from the mirror's surface.

Wipe the back of each tile with a damp rag to ensure that it is clean.

Apply a thin line of polyurethane adhesive to the mirror approximately 1 inch inside the perimeter of the desired location of the ceramic tile. For instance, if you are installing 4-inch square tiles, you should draw a 3-inch square outline with the adhesive.

Apply a few dots of adhesive inside the centre of the outline to ensure a strong bond.

Press the ceramic tile onto the adhesive carefully and then immediately remove the tile. This will transfer some of the adhesive to the back of the tile.

Wait approximately one minute for the adhesive to become slightly tacky and press the tile back into place on the mirror.

Place a piece of painter's tape or masking tape over the tile to hold it in place while the glue dries. Both ends of the tape should overlap the tile and cling to the mirror and the wall behind the mirror. If the mirror is not installed on a wall, you can skip this step.

Wait at least 24 hours for the polyurethane adhesive to dry before attempting to move the mirror or remove the tape.

Remove the tape, if necessary, when the glue is completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • Damp rag
  • Polyurethane adhesive
  • Painter's tape
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