Easy steps to frame a mirror

If you are wondering what I meant by this title, let me explain. What all home owners are looking for is that one piece that is exquisite yet functional. What they all yearn for is this main focal point for their d├ęcor as someone enters the room. They want an object in their homes that is striking and pleasing to the eye. In fact they are hoping that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it. The framed wall mirror can give you this effect. It can be mesmerizing and demands ones attention.

Here is what we did

Step 1: Purchase a frame from your local craft store. If you choose to paint your frame, this is the part where you would paint it.

Step 2: Measure every side of the mirror. Keep in mind that the top might not be exactly the same length as the bottom. Even minor miscalculations such as a one centimeter incorrect measurement can cause the corners to not line up leaving a gap after the mirror is finished. This is the most important step in the entire process.

STEP 3: Place the piece of wood against the mirror and mark the location of the clips with a pen or pencil. Using a utility knife, carefully make slices into the wood between the marks.

Step 4: Cut the mirror frame at a 45 degree angle using your miter box. It needs to be 45 degrees leaving the bottom side of the frame the exact length of the mirror.

Step 5: Use mirror mastic to stick the frame to the mirror. Remember that mirror mastic can take a bit of time to dry, but as soon as it dries it is quite difficult to get off without breaking the mirror. If you can have two people for this step, it will make your life much easier. Some people will say that you should use a level to check your mirror frame, but considering that most vanities, walls and ceiling are not level, you might have to frame your mirror a bit off from level.