I had seen friends of mine and other bloggers make their own mirror frames and thought that would be a lot of fun, but I couldn't figure out how to do it well and on a dime. Finally, my inspiration came from my favorite bathroom periodical, This Old House Magazine. There you have it, toilet motivation. I wouldn't be the first person to influenced by the potty...I hope.
In this particular article, (link up here) Tom Silva teaches you how to make a simple mirror frame out of case molding. Since I live in a construction zone, it wasn't hard to find what I needed to fashion the mirror frame.
I only needed to find three layers of scrap supply to make my mirror frame: The backer board, the middle fill, and the frame itself. We had a piece of that fake wainscoting in the basement that was perfect for the backer board and I was able to use the scrap pieces of this paneling for the filler.
|I put a layer of glue on the exposed backer board and placed strips of board cut 2 1/4 inches wide all around the mirror...just like a really ugly frame. Don't worry the pretty frame goes on top!
|I had to weigh the filler frame down with random bottles of stuff. Time to invest in some clamps right? Hey a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Besides it worked fine! I let them dry over night before I attached the finished frame.
|We (meaning Chris, remember I can't bend at the waist!) cut the trim to size, I glued and then screwed through the backer board on the flip side to hold the frame securely in place and I let it dry for a day.
|The sides of the mirror were a bit ugly, so Chris cut some corner round molding and framed around the outside of the mirror to hide the nastiness.
|I painted the frame antique white (trim paint I had lying around in the basement.) While it was drying I went to the local hardware store to purchase a mirror hanging kit. It cost $13. Hardly broke the bank with that one!