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Do-it-Yourself Mirror Frames

Decorating, Finish Carpentry, Furniture, Holiday, Projects, Woodworking - Directory April 15, 2009 Matt Weber


 

Retrofit mirror frames make bathroom remodeling easier.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to DIY bathroom remodeling, most people agree that the easier the job, the better. When researching a simple way to dress up a bathroom mirror, our staff came across a couple of easy-to-install products that can really add pizzazz to an otherwise unremarkable, builder-grade mirror.

 

MirrorMate Frames

One artfully decorative solution to retrofitting a mirror frame comes from MirrorMate LLC.  Homeowners can choose from more than 40 frame styles at www.mirrormate.com. Simply provide the company the dimensions of your mirror, along with its clearance from surrounding walls, and MirrorMate will be custom cut the frame to fit the mirror. The company ships the frame directly to the homeowner, where it can be installed in under an hour directly to the mirror, with no need to remove the mirror from the wall. The frame is milled with channels on the rear that cover all clips and edges.

Lay out the frame sections.

Lay out the frame sections.

Organize the kit components.

Organize the kit components.

 

To install the MirrorMate Frame, first lay all four frame sections face down on a sturdy, flat surface and arrange the pieces as they should be assembled.

Match the connectors to the slots.

Match the connectors to the slots.

Each mirror installation kit includes plastic corner connectors, glue, adhesive foam tape, replacement mirror clips and cardboard placement corners. Remove the plastic corner connectors and find their corresponding slots. (There may be different connector lengths for different slot depths, depending on the style of frame).

Tap in the plastic connectors.

Tap in the plastic connectors.

Apply wood glue to the miters.

Apply wood glue to the miters.

 

Apply glue to the adjoining miters, spreading it evenly to coat the ends entirely. Be sure to lay down paper or cloth to catch your drips. Align the glued ends and insert the plastic connectors into the corresponding slots. Press in with your thumb and then use a small hammer to tap the connectors flush with the rear of the frame. Repeat the process for each corner.