In this post: Want an easy way to make that boring bathroom mirror look stylish? Make this easy DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Mirror this weekend and have a more beautiful bathroom by Monday!
We’re happy to have Ashley from Cherished Bliss, here to share a DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Mirror Tutorial from her bathroom makeover!
My favorite thing about this mirror is that you don’t need anything fancy to build it! It’s a fantastic beginner project, yet still so effective! So get ready to build your own, or you could even skip the building part and find one you want to refinish!
DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Mirror Tutorial
- Four pieces 1 inch by 4 inch wood (lengths depending on your mirror size)
- Staple Gun and Staples
- Wood Glue
- Minwax Jacobean Wood Stain
- Lint Free Cloths
- Gray Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze)
- Paint Brush
- Helmsman’s Spray Varnish
- Four Corner Braces
- Black Spray Paint (only if you can’t find black corner braces)
- 3M Command Strips
1. Cut four 1 inch by 4 inch wood pieces to size – two pieces will be cut to the length of your mirror, two will be cut to the height. Miter the corners using a mitre box or preferably a mitre saw (for more accurate corners). Your measurements will be to the outside corners.
2. Sand each piece and wipe away any dirt or sawdust.
3. Using the lint free rags, wipe on the stain. Let sit for about 5 minutes and then wipe off excess with a clean lint free cloth. Let dry thoroughly. (Note: I stained mine before I built it because it was freezing and I was working in a small space, but you can totally do this after its assembled). Make sure you stain both sides of the wood though because it will show a reflection of the unfinished side in the mirror… just take my word on this one ; )!
For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post.
4. After the stain has dried its time to do a gray wash over the top. To do this I mixed about 1 part paint, one part water (maybe just a touch more water) until you reach a pretty watery consistency. Then using a paint brush, apply the gray paint/water mixture over the stain, and wipe off immediately with a cloth. This will give it a gray washed out look. It’s going to appear dull, that’s ok, because a sheen will be added during the sealing process. Let this dry.
Once it’s all applied it should look like this: (see how it’s a little dull… that’s ok!)
5. After the grey wash was completely dry, I went ahead and sealed it with a Helmsman’s Spray Varnish for protection. This spray is meant for outdoor furniture and to protect the wood from moisture allowing it to expand and contract as the temperature changes! But if you aren’t overly paranoid about your wood the way I am you can just use a regular ol’ poly if you prefer.
4. Add wood glue to the mitered corners and line them up carefully to create your frame. Using a staple gun, staple the back side of your frame’s corners.
5. If you can find black corner braces, use those. But if you can only find the metal look ones, just spray paint them. I used Rustoleum’s Black Hammered Spray Paint and let the braces dry thoroughly before attaching them to the corners of my frame.
6. Now the fun part! Hanging it. Since I change my decor up so often I chose to used 3M Command Strips right on the mirror following the directions on the package. I used 4 on each board, fyi. You can also screw the frame straight to the wall if you prefer, or even glue it directly to the mirror. The choice is yours, and kind of depends on your bathroom as well.
Tip: If your bathroom mirror has those large plastic brackets, replace them with smaller washers. That should help the frame sit more flush with the mirror and the wall!
This project can totally be done in a weekend. And I bet that once you’re done, you’ll want to do more weekend projects! Try these 10 easy ways to update your home in a weekend for all sorts of ideas!
Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this tutorial with us!
What do you think? What a lovely farmhouse touch in Ashley’s bathroom, yes?
Looking for more mirror ideas? Check out this DIY Trumeau Mirror!!!