How to Add a Frame to a Bathroom Mirror

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How to Add a Frame to a Bathroom Mirror
Upgrade that boring bathroom sheet of glass with a framing kit. (Toilet and Bathroom fixtures image by Gopaal Dhussa from

Framing the bathroom mirror will spruce up the entire look of the room. Many contractors for homes, condominiums and apartment buildings will use a plain sheet of glass glued to the bathroom wall as the standard mirror. While this type of mirror is functional and serves its purpose, the look it creates remains boring and bland. Anyone can frame that boring sheet of glass and turn it into an elegant mirror with mirror framing kits.

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Things you need

  • Mirror framing kit
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Window cleaner

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  1. 1

    Draw a rough diagram of the mirror on a sheet of white paper. Measure the top and bottom of the mirror--the width--with measuring tape. Add these measurements to the top and bottom of the mirror on paper. Measure each side of the bathroom mirror--the height--and write these measurements down on the diagram as well.

  2. 2

    Order your custom mirror frame online or in home improvement stores. Give the mirror measurements to the associate, or fill-in the online form at the mirror framing kit store.

  3. 3

    Replace the bathroom mirror's big clips with the kit's included smaller mirror clips. Unscrew each old mirror clip, one at a time, with a screwdriver. Screw the new smaller mirror clips in place after you remove the old clips.

  4. 4

    Clean the mirror with window cleaner to remove all dirt, smudges or oils that may be on the glass.

  5. 5

    Place the four pieces of the mirror frame on a flat surface, with decorative side facing down. Match up each four corners with the corresponding frame piece. Most framing kits will label their pieces with 1, 2, 3, 4 or A, B, C, D.

  6. 6

    Tighten the corner joints and screw the pieces together with the framing kit's included screws and a screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Enlist a friend or family member to hold the mirror frame in place over the bathroom mirror to test for fit. Remove the frame and set aside.

  8. 8

    Refer to the framing kit's included instructions for epoxy glue placement. Most frames will adhere to the bathroom mirror by placing quarter-sized dots of the included two-part epoxy glue onto the bathroom mirror glass. Glue placement will be on the bottom and both sides of the mirror glass, evenly spaced apart.

  9. 9

    Place the mirror frame back over the mirror glass with the included top frame hooks fitting over the top of the bathroom mirror edge. Using your helper, apply pressure to the frame over the glue locations. Keep this pressure applied to the frame over the mirror until the epoxy glue sets up firm, about a minute to two minutes time.

  10. 10

    Remove your hands from the mirror slowly, while watching for frame displacement. Apply further pressure if mirror frame pulls away from the bathroom mirror.

Tips and warnings

  • You may also purchase and install prefabricated frame kits from home improvement stores. These kits come with frame pieces--that you cut with a 45-degree angle saw--and corner cover pieces. Which type of framing kit you order is dependent on your budget.
  • Replace the mirror clips one at a time to prevent the mirror from falling out of place.

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