Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Mirror Frame

It's been a crazy week.  I've been coordinating tests at work this week which is always tons of work.  That means not much energy for projects when I get home.  But, today we got a snow day.  Right now I'm looking at out at about eight inches of snow.  Have I mentioned I hate snow?  I do.  It's okay today because both my husband and I got to stay home from work.  If I have to be out in it, I could totally do without it.

Anyway.  So, with a snow day, I've finally gotten a two month long project done.  Hot dog!  Yup, it's been two months in the making.  The hall bathroom is finally basically done.  I mean I guess technically we started it when we moved in, but that was just a coat of paint.  

In case you forgot, this is what we started out with.  Pretty gross, right.

In December my Dad came and helped us install a new sink.  And we got rid of the crazy extra mirrors.

We got the walls painted.  And then it was just at a stalemate.   I tried to frame the mirror and it was a colossal failure.  I left the pieces of trim we'd cut in the hallway and just hoped it would work out eventually.  Well, today was the day.

A while back I got some balsa wood at JoAnn's and painted it to match the trim.  Today I finally cut it down to size and used my staple gun to attach it to the back of the trim.  That allowed the trim to stand out a little more and have a better surface to stick to the mirror.  I'd tried to use some construction adhesive to put the trim up before.  I am a huge failure with a caulking gun so this time I went a different route.  3M strips and hot glue.  Yup, that's what the best home improvements are made of.  Craft supplies.

Well, guess what?!  It actually worked.  The mirror has trim.  The bathroom is put back together.  And I love it.  Maybe not in the most traditional way, but it's done.  

So, what have you guys been up to?  Anybody else finish a project they've been working on for months?  Or have a love/hate relationship with a caulking gun?  No?  Just me?  Okay.  If it's snowy at your house, I hope you're keeping safe and warm.


  1. WOWZA! I like it a lot! It's amazing to me how 4 little pieces of wood (trim) can make a difference, right?

    1. Thanks! I know, I love when something small has such a huge impact. It looks like a totally brand new mirror.

  2. That trim looks awesome Mary!! Projects always take us forever. We tend to drop them and not pick them up for a few months or year!

    1. Thanks Crystal! I always start projects with such good intentions then we get bored or busy and it takes forever to get back to them. I felt like I had to get the bathroom finished before my parents came to visit. And I'm glad I did, I'm just wishing I hadn't waited so long!

  3. I love what you did with the frame! How long did it take you to fit it together?

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