How to Frame a Mirror

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Next to the view having four toilets in this house is the best part of our home. If I could combine the view with the toilets I’d be a pretty happy camper. Since day one I have been a little bummed out (no pun intended) about the extremely builder-grade bathrooms. Framing out the mirrors really helped. For how technically easy this project was it seemed to take me a long time gathering and cutting materials, finishing and caulking. But in the end it’s so worth it, the bathrooms look more finished and brighter. And it was just $88 for four bathrooms! So worth it.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS I LEARNED:

The first hurdle was how close the mirrors are to the lights and wall. It was impossible to just place the trim on top of the mirror. I had to cut a “rabbet” cut (recessed cut) into the trim so the board would cover the mirror AND lay flat on the wall. I used a saw in the wood shop, but this could be accomplished by running trim through a table saw or a router to achieve depth needed. Here is a pretty good video on how to cut a rabbet with a table saw, and a slightly more technical article on different ways to make a rabbet cut.

Paint before mounting. It’s a general rule really, but paint the board top AND bottom (the mirror will reflect it) before mounting and you will save yourself mounds of time.

You will need:

  • trim of your choice
  • paint, paintbrush, sand paper
  • measuring tape
  • panel adhesive or liquid nails
  • painters tape
  • level
  • miter saw
  • optional: table saw or router

1. Measure your mirror
2. Select trim. Try to match door frames and other trim in the house for a cohesive look.
3. Cut wood to size, remember to account for overlaps and electrical outlets, etc.

4. Rabbet cuts, if needed (photo of rabbet cut during gluing process)
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5. Paint front and back of trim, two coats, sand in between
6. Mount frame with panel adhesive or liquid nails, secure with painters tape or a brad nail gun (don’t nail the mirror!). Begin with the top trim. Next, sides, finally the bottom. Use your level and measuring tape to make sure you’re straight and square.
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7. Caulk joints and between trim and mirror. If water seeps into your trim it can bulge and eventually warp the frame. This step takes a while
8. Apply any touch up paint needed.
9. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Before and afters. By the way, cleaning all four bathrooms for an after picture seemed to take as long as the project itself!

Mater bath:
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Front bath:
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Boys bath (holy dirty mirror):
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Guest Bath:
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I was surprised by how much BIGGER and more finished the mirror and bathrooms feel with some trim. Please let me know if you have any questions! And you can always check out the tutorial on HGTV.

Have a great weekend and happy creating!

A bright spot in my week– Bloomsy Box Flowers

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Occasionally I have the opportunity to review a product. This time around I was really swooning. It’s no secret I have a great affection for power tools, but you may not know I’m also a huge sucker when it comes to fresh flowers. As much as I love building stuff, mother nature will always win in that category. The day the Bloomsy Box arrived was a gloomy, rainy morning.

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When I opened the box I gasped, not only were they a vibrant distraction to the crummy weather, they were exactly like my wedding flowers! No fillers, no fluff, just gorgeous flowers.

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Bloomsy Box Flowers has a business model I can really get behind: “no mixed bouquets with unnecessary extras… hand-tied bunches; second, the flowers are sourced direct from suppliers in South America, Holland, Thailand and California meaning no middle-man mark-up to increase the price.” The company pretty much had me at “South America”. I lived in Chile for 18 months and have visited South America several times, I love the people and Latino culture and I love buying their exports. It’s true about the price too. For high-quality delivered flowers these are a deal, I’m always thinking about price and sourcing flowers direct is awesome.

In addition to a cool company I am shocked at how long the flowers have lasted. I have moved them from room to room for days just to have them near. Here is a picture on day 1:

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Honestly, Gerbera daisies usually go completely kaput on me in just a few days. In the world of Gerbera daisies, these babies look spectacular after more than a week, that is impressive. Day 9:

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These flowers have me thinking about Christmas gifts, ’tis the season y’all. A subscription would be a great gift for someone who has everything. Who wouldn’t love something beautiful and vibrant with them all year?

Happy Creating!

Post sponsored by Bloomsy Box. The opinions are entirely my own.

Recover an Ottoman — Take Three

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Bless my old leather ottoman with sharpie marker art all over. I just recovered it for the third time and I am so happy about the refresh! The old cover was dirty, dated and I was bored of looking at it. Here is take one:

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And take two (never blogged about):

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Now three:

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I love Nate Berkus fabric line at JoAnn Fabric. It’s like high design came to visit the little people (me) for a bit. I bought this on a 60% off sale, so the fabric was $8. Eight smackers has never looked so good.

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Happy *big* Feet

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All the how-to details are found here. Go find something in your house that needs to be recovered or reloved. Happy Creating!

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