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Frameing Mirror

I have a 5footx3 ft wall mirror and would like to dress it up with a frame. What kind of trim do i use that will work? and what about the achors/screws that are holding it on the wall now? Thanks for any help.

A. Spruce
Re: Frameing Mirror

What you use depends on the look you're going for. I framed a bathroom mirror about the same size with colonial door casing. You can use chair rail or crown as well, again, depending on the look you're going for. I would suggest finding a door and moulding shop that has a nice selection of trim styles.

When I used the colonial casing, I cut a rabbet on the back of the narrow edge, then cut it to fit the mirror. The casing was nailed directly into the studs in the wall. The bottom piece was rested on the counter top and nailed, the mirror then set in place, then the top and sides were installed, securing the mirror to the wall. I painted the trim before installation so that all I'd have to do is touch up the nail holes once it was installed. A word of warning here, mirrors are reflective, so they're going to reflect the back of any molding that partially covers their surface. To "hide" this, you must paint/stain the back edges as well as the face. The same would apply if using crown or other moldings.

If you intend to hang the mirror by the frame, then you'll have to make the frame structural enough to handle the weight. I would suggest you go shopping for large art or framed mirrors and see how those frames are built and hangers attached. I could describe that here, but a great deal will be lost in translation, especially if you are unfamiliar with woodworking techniques.

Good luck and report back with your progress. :cool:

Re: Frameing Mirror

This isn't a great picture of the mirror in my guest bath, but it gives you a basic idea. I used regular old window trim, but I used the "wing" cut trim that is kind of a compressed oval that tapers down toward the mirror. I cut a very small slot about 1/4in deep and about the thickness of the mirror with a jig I setup with my circular saw (I don't have a table saw, I know I am a lesser man for it).

I then nailed the bottom trim piece the to the wall after making sure it was level and in the right position. Slathered some construction adhesive to the back of the mirror, slotted it in to the bottom trim, pressed it to the wall and then framed out the rest of the mirror the same way. Spackle and paint.

It is relatively simple, but looks nice.

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