DIY Bathroom Mirror With Lights

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2 Days

Don’t you just love the high-end look of light fixtures mounted on the bathroom mirror?

When I had my decorating business, we would have the glass company float light fixtures on the bathroom mirror all the time for clients.

So when we were remodeling our guest bath, I just knew I wanted that same designer look in there

But we had to figure out how to do it because we didn’t want to just call glass company — where’s the fun in that??

So we figured it out

And it really wasn’t that difficult

But it was tricky

Now I’m not sure if this is the way the pros do it or not but it worked for us:

We’re trying to upcycle as many things as we can from the original house so we started with the mirror that was already mounted on the wall.

For safety, we put strips of wide blue tape all over it and wore eye protection and gloves

It was really easy to take down. It was just held up there by 3 spots of glue on the bottom that were 55 years old and two clips at the top

We figured out the size we wanted the finished mirror to be based on the size that our frame was going to be. Then we used a handheld glass cutter to make the first cut. (Be sure to wear eye protection and use caution when cutting glass!) The first cut worked great. Then we had to make the long cut for the height. We scored it and when we went to snap the piece off, it didn’t work and the edge was a jagged mess. So that mirror was toast.

Luckily, there was another mirror in another bathroom that we could use. And we were able to cut it perfectly!

First hurdle cleared…

Now it was time to cut the holes in the mirror for the lights. We made a template from a board so we could get the placement exactly right.

Mr. Redoux attached the template to the mirror with plastic clamps so that the holes on the template lined up where the holes needed to be in the mirror.

Then he used a round hole saw made for cutting glass and tile to cut the holes in the mirror. Again, use all safety precautions when working with and cutting glass.

You want to make sure the size of your saw will make a hole that’s large enough to barely clear your electrical box but still be covered by your light base

Follow the instructions that come with the saw for cutting the holes.

Here are some helpful tips that worked for us:

  • Tape the mirror surface with wide blue tape to minimize the chance of shattering
  • Place the mirror on a hard flat surface covered with cardboard
  • Wear eye protection and gloves
  • Keep the mirror and saw blade wet at all times
  • Go slowly
  • Don’t push down or add pressure — let the saw do all the work
  • It’s a good idea to practice on an old piece of mirror first

And we had plenty of that!

Now it’s time to mount it to the wall

We have a unique situation in that our wall has a bit of a bow in the middle of it so we needed to use some mirror mounting clips on either side of the bow to help secure it to the wall. (We also live in So Cal which is earthquake country so we needed to be sure it’s not going to come flying off the wall if things start shaking)

You can see the base of the top clips at the top of the photo

Mr. Redoux put tape on the bottom clips to keep them from scratching the back of the mirror

Next, we applied mirror adhesive to the wall

Then we lifted the mirror onto the wall and set the bottom into the clips, lining up our holes with the electrical boxes

We put the clips into the brackets at the top and gently pressed the mirror to make sure it was making contact with the adhesive

Now we’re ready for our frame

We made ours out of primed finger-joint trim boards. The sides are 3” wide, the bottom is 2 1/2’ wide and the top is 3 1/2” wide.

For our top we used panel molding and ripped the rounded top off of it on the table saw so that the top is now flat

We made our top cornice by gluing and nailing this ‘crown’ piece to the top piece of 3 1/2” trim and mitered the corners back on the sides.

Then we added a piece of door stop to the bottom of the trim board.

For the bottom of the mirror, we just added a piece of doorstop to the top of the 2 1/2” trim board.

The sides will stay plain

We kept the 4 pieces (sides, top and bottom) separate until we put them all together when we mounted them to the wall

We cut out part of the back of each piece just enough to overlap the mirror. We also had to cut out a little more to allow for the brackets

This is a mock-up we made to see if it would

We installed dowels and holes to the ends of the sides to join the sides to the top and bottom when it goes on the wall

Then we pre-painted everything

Now we’re ready to assemble it on the wall

We put a small amount of construction adhesive on the top and put it in place overlapping the mirror the amount of our cut. We put a little wood glue on the dowels on our sides and construction glue on the trim piece and put the sides in place, pushing the dowels into the holes until it was tightly joined. Then we did the same for the bottom

We used a nail gun to nail it into the studs in the wall in a few places to mount it tight.

We touched up the holes, mounted our lights

And we were done!

See the whole bathroom makeover, before and after HERE

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  • Diana Anderson Diana Anderson on Jan 08, 2022

    What is the stone on lower part of wall? Wallpaper or real stone?

  • Tammy Young Tammy Young on Jan 21, 2022

    What a beautiful, transformation. You did such a wonderful job designing that bathroom. I will use quite a few of your ideas when I redo my vacation home bathroom. Love the marble tile on the walls, the mirror, everything looks very high end. Superb! … one question: what type of flooring did you use?… is it ceramic tile?… i though of using ceramic tile that looks like hardwood. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Jan 08, 2022

    Really like everything but the shelves.To me they look like hot dogs in a gourmet restaurant,in this instance.Shelves like this are great in a cabin,rustic wood accented setting or such,but'to me' they look out of place here.I believe with your imagination and expertise you can do much better.Love EVERYTHING else by the way!!

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 28, 2022

      Mary, although the rustic wood look is very trendy now, I agree that it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

  • Izz14814376 Izz14814376 on Jan 21, 2022

    This is fabulous! Love everything about it! I am saving this for reference when I redo our bathroom!