Mirror is important for your home. It can make your space appear bigger and lighter, and it can also become a luxury decoration by framing or decorating your old mirror.

Materials:

  • 70-1/2″ length 4 1/2″ wide primed MDF baseboard
  • 70-1/2″ length 3 1/2″ wide primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1″
  • 70-1/2″ length 3 1/2″ wide primed MDF baseboard trimmed down to 1 1/2–”
  • 38-1/2″ lengths 3 1/2″ wide primed MDF baseboard (2)
  • 63-1/2″ length 3-1/2″ wide primed MDF baseboard
  • tape measure
  • paneling adhesive
  • extra-strength wood glue
  • caulk
  • level
  • latex paint
  • latex paint extender
  • extra-fine sanding pad
  • paint brush
  • painter’s tape
  • tack cloth
  • drop cloth

Measure Mirror and Select Frame Style

Step 1: Measure Mirror and Select Frame Style

To obtain measurements specific to mirror being framed, determine trim style and positioning of trim around mirror; use measurements to cut lengths of primed MDF baseboard.

TIP: Have materials cut at a home improvement store and consider using style of door casings in home as inspiration for the look of the mirror frame.

Prepare Work Area

Prepare work area

Gather required materials and lay out lengths of trim on flat working surface.

Paint Back Sides

Paint back sides

Add latex paint extender to paint, lengthening drying time and minimizing brush strokes. Paint back side of trim along edges that will extend over edges of mirror and let dry two hours.
TIP: The back edges will be reflected in mirror.

Paint Trim

Paint trim

Paint front sides and edges of trim and let dry for about two hours.

Sand

Sand

Use extra-fine sanding pad to lightly sand surfaces and wipe clean with tack cloth.

Glue Top Frame Together

Glue Top Frame Together

Glue three lengths of baseboard forming top frame with extra strength wood glue. Press pieces firmly together and let dry two hours.

Caulk Joints

Caulk Joints

Run a bead of caulk along seam joints. Smooth caulk line and wipe away any excess and let dry one hour.

Apply Touch -Up Paint

Apply Touch -Up Paint

Paint over caulk by lightly brushing layer of paint along joint.

Apply Second Coat of Paint

Apply Second Coat of Paint

Paint a second layer of paint over fronts and sides of trim and let dry 12 hours before installation.

Install Top Frame

Install Top Frame

Apply paneling adhesive to area where top frame piece will be positioned.

Position and Tape

Position and Tape

Press frame piece onto adhesive, check for proper placement and ensure piece is level. Secure in place using clean-release tape.

Repeat Steps

Repeat Steps

Repeat prior steps, installing two side pieces of trim followed by bottom piece.

Check Placement and Tape

Check Placement and Tape

Check all joints where trim meets to ensure pieces are positioned correctly and square. Make any necessary adjustments before adhesive begins to dry. Secure in place using clean–release tape and let dry 24 hours.

Caulk Joints (2)

Caulk Joints (2)

Run a bead of caulk along any gaps at joints. Smooth caulk line and remove any excess and let dry one hour.

Apply Touch Up Paint (2)

Apply Touch Up Paint

Paint over caulked joints and any areas of frame requiring touch-ups.HGTV

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