How to Put Wood Moldings on your Bathroom Mirror

When mirrors in your bathroom get older the silvering that makes the reflection can begin to chip away at the edges of the mirror with the exposure to moisture. You do not need to replace the mirror as an attractive addition can be a wooden molding on the outer edges of the mirror.

Here are some steps you can take in order to add a wooden frame to your mirror:

* Measuring and choosing the wood – You should first take the outer measurements of the mirror and find out how wide the molding must be in order to cover the back parts. You can choose various types of woods depending on what mood you want in your bathroom. Darker woods will darken the bathroom and lighter wood will lighten it. It all depends on how you want it to look and how the wood will match with your decor. You can get some scraps of different woods and hold them up to the mirror to see which type looks good.

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The right glue for the job – A good type of glue to get is a marine type of glue that will hold well even in a moist environment. You can ask the person at the hardware store what glue will be the best type for the project. Just make sure that the glue you choose will hold up to moisture as if it doesn’t it becomes loose easier in the bathroom environment.

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Preparing the molding – First you have to cut the molding to length you want it. You can then mark it with a pencil and cut indentations in the molding around the brackets that keep your mirror held onto the wall. To make it look even better it is a good idea to sand the rough edges.

* Finishing up – Next sand the face of the molding lightly and apply varnish to it allowing it to dry. If you only want to waterproof the wood you can apply one coat. But you can also apply more coats, sanding in-between each coat, in order to get a finish that is glossier. If you want you can also change the color of the wood to match other things in your bathroom by using a type of wood stain BEFORE you varnish.

* Instillation – Now that the moldings are finished it is time to install them. On the back of the molding apply the glue, in a squiggly line, and place it in position on your mirror. It may be a better idea to glue the bottom piece first, as you can rest the two side pieces on top of it. After these three pieces have dried you can place the top piece on top of the tow side moldings. By doing this you can rest the top piece on the two side pieces and not hold the top piece by hand until it dries. You should hold each piece in place for about ten minutes, as this should be adequate time for the glue to take hold. After that it should take around an hour for the glue to become dry.

If the mirror in your bathroom is not centered and stretch the entire length of the wall you can gently plane off a bottom part of the molding that is along the edge that holds the mirror. By doing this when gluing it to the mirror there will be an overhanging lip and cover the edge of the mirror.

Author: Jason Green