Adding a Border Frame to an Old Bathroom Mirror

Marcia Socas
by Marcia Socas
2 Materials
2 Days

Today I'll show you how $35 in tile can transform your bathroom and it's not in the way you think you won't be putting tile on the floor you'll actually be redoing your mirror.

This was the starting point for this bathroom. I purchased it as part of a condo flip I was working on. I undertook over 10 different DIY projects to renovate and flip this condo on a budget. You can see some of DIY Renovation and Flipping projects (as well as the profit worksheet for the final product) here.

Here's another "before" view from another angle.

You can see that the mirror was really worn and discolored at the edges. But I didn't want to get a new one because this one was a great size and, again, I was working on a budget.

Before working on the mirror, I replaced the vanity (I saved money by using a kitchen base rather than spending $1000 for a 60" bathroom vanity, but more on that in an upcoming post).

I also added new lighting ($120) and used some leftover vinyl plank flooring behind the mirror to create an accent wall. I added the new black faucet fixture for $46. If you want to see those on Amazon, you can click here for them.

I purchased mosaic sheets of hexagonal tiles and removed the hexagons from the net backing. I added construction adhesive to the back.

Then I just added them onto the mirror in two rows. I made sure they were tight against each other.

I continued all along the mirror

I also worked my way up the sides

When it came to the top, I had to add tape to hold everything in place.

Here's how it looked at the end of the first day.

The next day I removed the tape and took another look at everything. I hated how I could see the tile backing and the glue in the mirror.

So I took some black caulking and added it along the edges.

I pushed it in using a damp lint free little cloth, this way it went behind the tile a bit. It made a big difference.

Here's how it looked when it was done!

And since I know you're going to ask me about the mirror clips, here's a look at the mirror clip. I was able to go basically right over it with the hexagons and the screws are still accessible. Pretty cool I think!

Please view more detail and more projects on my site, click on the "Home Flipping" tab, and then you'll see various properties I've flipped and each one has lots of DIY projects that I undertook to update them.

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Suggested materials:
  • Hexagonal Mosaic Tile   (Lowe's)
  • Construction Adhesive   (Lowe's)
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