Converting the old bathroom mirrors into high-style ones seems quite difficult, especially when you have a tight budget. But it is possible with a quick modification. If you don’t want to replace the old mirrors, try our ideas instead.
You don’t have to be a professional or seek help from a professional for this. This article covers the guideline of giving your bathroom mirrors a new look by framing and cleaning it. Let’s get started.
Framing A Bathroom Mirror
Decorative mirrors are one of the most crucial parts of modern restrooms. Adding a frame to the existing mirror will be an excellent bathroom renovation. Follow these steps to learn how to frame a bathroom mirror:
Step 1: Collect the necessary mirror supplies
First of all, gather all the items it will need. Here is the list of the elements:
- Thin wood board
- Miter saw, or hand saw
- Staple gun and staples
- Paint and paintbrush
- Caulk and caulk gun
- Liquid nails
- Measuring tape
Step 2: Take measurements
Secondly, Measure the mirror with tape. Then determine the size of your frame according to the size of the mirror. IF your mirror is rectangular, you will need four wood pieces for the top, bottom, and sides. Now you may want to resize the wood pieces.
In such a case, take your pencil or marker to draw lines, which describes the size of the frame. Remember, they will have mitered corners. It means you will be cutting the wood piece at a 45-degree angle so that it will form a 90-degree angle after attaching with another one. While marking, make sure to measure the longest side accurately.
Step 3: Cut the frame segments
Use the miter saw to cut through the marked line to get the perfectly angled wood segments. Avoid cutting in a messy place, forcing the saw too much and misleading the saw. Keep your hair, body, and clothes away from its blade to avoid injury.
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Step 4: Paint the molding
Now it is time to paint the back and edges of the segments. After drying, repeat the same to the front side. Choose color as your wish and give a smooth finish with the paintbrush. Apply multiple coats if needed, but don’t reapply before the previous layer dries completely.
Step 5: Attach the pieces
Once you have correctly sized painted pieces, connect them together. This process can be done in many different ways. We are going to discuss the easiest one. You can do it by wood glue and a staple gun. Flip all boards and add glue to the angled edges.
If you fail to match the angles joints correctly, fill the blank areas with caulk. Wipe the excess caulk out with paper or towel before it dries. After joining the glued portion, hold them together for a long time. Don’t move them until the glue dries. It may take a little bit of time. You can also staple them over the seam rather than holding too long with hands.
Step 6: Frame the mirror
Flip the back of the frame and apply liquid nails all over it. Then set it around your mirror. Don’t take too much time because liquid nails dry super fast. Add high-fashion decorative Braces on the corners.
The process of framing the mirror is completed now. You will be amazed to see the new version after this makeover.
Cleaning the Bathroom Mirror
Mirrors build up dust, layers of toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and other products. No matter what you do for a washroom renovation, it will look bad for the dirty mirror. Check out the next section to know how to clean bathroom mirrors.
Step 1: Collect the elements you’ll need
Many try to get rid of the steamed mirror by wiping with the towels. People also use paper towels to clean the dirt, but they always leave some residues. Use a microfiber cloth instead of all of them. Get any window or glass cleaner.
Avoid using other cleaning products, because they may damage the glass. If you don’t have a glass cleaner, make a solution of white vinegar and water. Put 4 cups of water and 1 cup vinegar in a spray bottle and shake it well. Note that you can use it on a mirror but not on its wood frame. You will also need rubbing alcohol as well as cotton pads.
Step 2: Pre-processing
Firstly, remove the thick build-up of every spot. Dip the cotton pad into rubbing alcohol. Rub the stains or marks with little pressure. All spots of dried toothpaste, hairspray, and other shower products will vanish within a few seconds.
Step 3: Cleaning the mirror
Splash a little amount of water on the surface of the glass. Spray the cleaner or vinegar-water solution all over the mirror. Avoid applying too much; otherwise, it will get slippery. Fold the microfiber cloth in quarters.
As a result, even if one side gets dirty, you can use the remaining ones. Dampen it with the cleaners because the dry cloth will absorb the cleaners from the mirror. Don’t clean in a circular motion. Wipe from left to right and top to bottom gently. Start from the top left corner and slide to the other corners.
Pay attention to the damaged or broken parts and contours of the mirror while cleaning. The reason is, these places usually have more hidden dirt and grimes. In case you fail to reach these embellishments with the microfiber cloth, use old brushes or cotton balls.
Step 4: Post cleaning
This phase hardly involves cleaning. Look at the mirror from all view angles. Despite proper cleaning, there can still be some dirt, spots, or residue. Put a tiny drop of the cleaning solution on all stains rather than over-spraying. Then wipe them off quickly. Lastly, take another microfiber cloth to absorb the leftover moisture from the surface.
With this cleaning method, none won’t worry about dirty mirrors ever again.
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