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How hard is it to frame a bathroom mirror?

Marry's picture
Marry

How hard is it to frame a bathroom mirror?: I am not a handy person and I am wondering from skill level rating 1- 10 how hard is it to do this? One being easy ten being hard. Also, any tips and tricks?How hard is it to frame a bathroom mirror?: I am not a handy person and I am wondering from skill level rating 1- 10 how hard is it to do this? One being easy ten being hard. Also, any tips and tricks?

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Mady John's picture
Mady John

I remember someone here had done one of these and it wasnt so expensive. I know I have seen some kits ar Lowes, and I just did search and this one looks pretty reasonable. I have no knowledge of these, other than being interested in tdoing it one day as well. This one looks like it is under $100.

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dytecture

It's actually really simple, make sure you leave 1/16 inch on each side for movement and minor adjustments just in case.

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maink

I found a great blog that gives tutorials and she has framed out "builder" mirrors beautifully. search for "showandtell-sausha.blogspot.com. Uses stock molding and trims. enjoy.

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gmcauley

Hello Marry,

I've never tried framing a mirror myself, but you may want to view these videos for tips on how to create your own DIY frames:

http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/make-chalkboard-mirror

http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/diy-statement-mirror

Good luck with the mirror!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at hhmedia.com)

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Nestor_Kelebay

No, I live in Winnipeg.But, if I were wanting to have a mirror framed for a minimal cost, I'd probably do just as I suggested in my post... go to any place where you frame your own pictures.  But, make sure that you get a frame you like since the one shown in your photo looks more like furniture than it does a picture frame.  But, that's fair ball because that mirror is in reality... furniture.If you do the work with the proper tools at a shop that frames pictures, you SHOULD get good results.  I'm no expert, but I do know that there is special equipment used to cut the corners for picture frames.  If it's just done on a miter saw, then you have to ensure there's minimal vibration of the saw blade to ensure that the pieces meet properly at the corners.  If the saw blade vibrates during the cut (as most do), then the seam will be wider (and therefore more apparant) than it should be.

Marry's picture
Marry

How much would you charge? Do you live in Calgary?

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Nestor_Kelebay

I've never framed a mirror, but I have made drawers for kitchen cabinets, if that counts as sufficient woodworking experience.  So, unless you get a response from someone who'se framed a mirror or done similar kinds of work, then.....  I'd first talk to any furniture repair shop and see if there was any difference (besides the thickness of the material being framed) between framing a mirror and framing a picture.And, I'd look under "Picture Frames" in my yellow pages for framing galleries that advertised that customers frame their own pictures.  That way, you're doing the work yourself, with the proper tools, but you've got an expert guiding you through the process.  He makes his money on selling you the framing material.Now, there's gonna be a difference in the thickness of a mirror and that of a painted canvas, and that difference is gonna require that you modify the framing material.  And, since the mirror is fragile, you may be told that there should also be plywood behind it (whereas with pictures, they typically only use a stiff cardboard backing.The framing can be modified to handle a much thicker "canvas" by putting a "rabbet" (also called "rebate") into the framing material with a table saw or router table, and that can be done at any lumberyard that has a "saw shop".  Generally, the lumber yards that sell hardwoods and cater to the hobbyist woodworkers in your area will have a well equipped saw shop to do cutting work for their customers.(Alternatively, instead of cutting a rabbet into the framing material, you could simply make a "notch" on the back of the framing material by gluing strips of wood the same thickness as the glass to the back of the framing material.  Just use wood strips that are narrower in width than your frame, and you'll end up with a "notch" for the mirror to fit into.)And, considering your frame needs to be stronger than framing material meant for paintings, you might consider using strong wood moldings (like oak baseboard moldings or door casings) for your framing material.  When you pick out hardwood moldings, they SHOULD be straight as an arrow, but they aren't always that straight.  So, either pick them out yourself or tell the person you talk to that they're going to be used to make a frame, and so they need to be straight, and they'll take more care in picking out the straightest pieces for you.  Often, baseboard moldings that aren't very straight are used in short pieces (like inside closets) where straightness isn't as much of an issue.

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