When it comes to instant maovers, it’s hard to get a quicker or more dramatic result than with this project. We created a simple but striking mirror frame out of ½" x 3½" poplar that was applied to a slab bathroom mirror with two-sided automotive tape. A miter-less construction method also helped the frame make a significant design impact with a very small investment of time and money.
Our homeowner had already made a number of stylish updates to this bath, and many would have said his work was done. But after so many improvements, that large, boring slab of mirror just seemed out of place. There was no need to replace the entire mirror since it was in perfect condition. It just needed a cosmetic facelift.
To make this a project that you could finish in a few hours, we used simple butt joints and a no-assembly method to create the frame. After measuring the mirror carefully, we cut the top and bottom rails to match the length of the mirror. The stiles equaled the height of the mirror minus 7″ (our poplar was 3½" wide).
To ease the sharp edges we routed 1⁄16" chamfers on the pieces, but you could also soften them by sanding. We then finished the pieces with a Java stain to mimic this bath’s dark framed slider doors. If your mirror is attached to the wall with clips, you will also need to rout notches for these (see Illustration, above).
Once the stain is dry, you can simply attach the rails and stiles to the mirror with the two-sided automotive tape. (Be sure to clean the mirror first.) You can find this tape at any auto-parts store. It provides a very strong, waterproof seal.
When you apply the strips of tape to the rails and stiles, align them very carefully (Photo below). Use caution when applying the tape to the frame pieces, and again when applying them to the mirror, because there are no “do-overs” with this adhesive. Then, just align the pieces on the mirror one at a time (bottom rail first), and apply them using firm hand pressure.
|The secret to this simple frame is using strips of automotive tape to hold it in place. Make sure one strip goes against each inside edge to hide the gap.
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