Revamp that large bathroom mirror

I added shelves and some trim to dress up the large bathroom mirror.
*Options I considered for this project:
We considered replacing the mirror altogether, but decided to go the less expensive route first and see how long it would buy us.
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
I didn't know how well the mirror was attached to the wall. I also didn't know how well my adhesive would adhere to the mirror and trim.
* Cost Comments:
1"x4" MDF (32 ft) - $20
1/2 birch plywd - $15
Trim (40 ft) - $20
Crown (3 ft) - $4.50
Lights - $60
*My motivation to do this project:
The mirror was large and an eye sore. We wanted something a little nicer.
*Project Steps:
The first step was to replace the single light fixture with matching twin ones. I ran the wiring, secured the boxes and mounted the new lights. This was required due to the shelving unit. I then measured out the surface and determined the size of the shelving unit. Then I purchased the materials and started designing as I cut. The shelving unit was assembled and attached first. It was ~2 inches higher than the mirror and secured to a stud to help support the mirror against the wall. The trim and molding was measured, cut and secured using GOOP adhesive and tape to hold in place until it was dry.
Don't assume the mirror is attached to the wall well enough to hold the additional weight. Make sure it is supported fully.
Do measure twice and cut once.
Wood, MDF, Trim - $0.00
Light fixtures - $0.00
Before project began
Added shelving unit and attached to wall just above mirror to help anchor the weight
Set out the trim and molding
Used GOOP adhesive to position MDF on mirror front. It was held in place by tape until it dried
Finished product without cutting or removing the original mirror.

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3 of 97 questions
  • She33796290
    on Jul 14, 2018

    Where did you get shelving unit?

    • Paige Smith McElvaney
      on Apr 6, 2020

      Steve, I looked at homedepot for a Shelf like this? Do you remember what it was called or what department you found it in? I can't find anything shallow like this.

  • Dmorningstar
    on Feb 21, 2019

    Did anyone find the shelving unit and what kind of wood is used to frame the mirror?

  • Loudee
    on Aug 21, 2019

    Where did you purchase the shelving unit? Is it over 42” high?

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  • Alakay
    on Jun 14, 2018

    What and amazing article, thank you, and for sharing this!

  • Dee Dee
    on Apr 20, 2020

    How did you get the molding around the mirror to be flush against the wall or did you just caulk it?

    Turned out beautiful and has inspired me!

    Thank you for sharing!

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