If you ask us, the mirror is absolutely the best part of the bathroom (besides the bathtub where you can relax in a hot bath after a long day at work, of course). After all, the mirror is where you greet yourself each morning and get your day started! That’s why we’ve been thinking of redoing ours lately, just to make it look as grand as its function is. We’re intent on updating it ourselves, though, so we’ve had our eyes peeled for all kinds of different online resources to help us out for a few weeks now!
Just in case you love the idea of using your DIY skills to update your own bathroom mirror just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search for info and inspiration.
1. How to frame a mirror
Even though you’d like to give it a little update, would you still like to keep your mirror’s transformation quite simple to suit your more minimalist bathroom decor style? In that case, we think you’ll appreciate the way Making Home Base shows you how to create an easy frame around the edge that just makes things look a little more finished without being difficult by any means.
2. Farmhouse style wood framed mirror
Are you actually quite interested indeed with the idea of framing your bathroom mirror in a nice, simple way but your home’s decor style is a little less neat and white and a little more reclaimed? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with something like this rustic wooden mirror frame tutorial outlined step by step on Shanty 2 Chic!
3. Crown molding framed mirror
Maybe you’re still thinking about the frame idea but you just don’t think the idea of having it neatly even all the way around the four sides of the mirror quite suits the otherwise slightly grand features in your master bathroom? Then we’d suggest adding some emphasis and intentional imbalance by adding crown molding along the top, just like Full of Great Ideas did here!
4. Mosaic bathroom tile framed mirror
Are you interested in framing your bathroom mirror, but only if the frame involves some more colour and detail than what you’ve seen in these ideas so far? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Centsational Style used little square bathroom styles in different shades of one colour scheme to create a kind of mosaic style frame along all four sides of theirs.
5. Sunrise floating mirror and shelf
Maybe you’d prefer to make a mirror space for your bathroom that’s a little more natural looking and perhaps even spa inspired, but still with a hint of modernity about it! That’s precisely how we’d describe this fantastic “floating” mirror concept outlined step by careful step on Remodelaholic. They even show you how to add an upcycled wood shelf to set your toiletries on across the front.
6. Gold dipped mirror frame
Whether your mirror is a wall mounted one like you’ve seen so far or a standing one like the one you see here, this idea will work just the same! We love the way they used metallic gold paint to jazz up an otherwise quite plain mirror frame in the interested of adding some personality and glam. The tutorial on Pretty Providence shows you how to use tape to keep your edges neat and tidy.
7. DIY side sliding bathroom mirror
Rather than including some kind of decorative element that simply sits still, would you much prefer to create something dynamic and movable that will really impress visitors? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Homemade Modern made this fantastic sliding mirror that moves down the length of the wall depending on where you want the light to hit it or what you need from the shelf behind it!
8. Penny starburst mirror
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a unique mirror yourself, would you prefer to make it a bit of an upcycling project, since that’s your favourite kind of craft to do? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest reaching into the old penny drawer and pulling out enough to make a classic sunburst style frame around a circular mirror, just like Real Happy Space did here!
9. Paper doily glass frosted mirror
Have you actually been playing with the idea of making a mirror for your bathroom that’s frameless but still has some kind of detail included on the glass itself, even though you’d like to keep things a bit subtle? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Paper n’ Stitch used a lace paper doily as a template for some delicate looking glass frosting!
10. Wooden branch cut mirror
Just in case you loved the circular starburst effect you saw a little earlier on our list but working with pennies doesn’t appeal to you (or maybe you just haven’t collected quite enough), here’s a slightly more rustic alternative for your consideration! Check out the way Jaime Costiglio made a similarly designs project using cut branch pieces in different sizes instead. We like the slightly more rustic feel this piece has!
11. Mirror to framed medicine cabinet
Rather than just showing you how to add a simple frame around the outside of your bathroom mirror, this fantastic tutorial from Not Just A Housewife actually walks you step by step through the process of making an entire medicine cabinet to go along with the design as well! That way you get a decorative element and a very useful functional one.
12. Framed mirror from a projector slide stencil
Just in case you’re still intrigued by the idea of creating a design right there on the glass if your mirror, leaving at least a little bit of space to still see yourself through, here’s a great tutorial from All Things Thrifty that shows you how to use an awesome patterned projector slide as a template for creating neat designs right there across your mirror’s glass.
13. Faux vintage mirror
Perhaps you’d rather take things in a more stylishly weathered, vintage looking direction instead of going straight out rustic the way you’ve already seen on our list? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Songbird Blog added some purposeful wear and tear to the surface of their mirror in a few spots to age it just right.
14. DIY well lit vanity mirror
Decor aside, as you actually looking for the kind of mirror that will keep you well lit and perfectly framed while you apply your makeup just right each day? In that case, you could order a very expensive professional vanity mirror or you could follow this tutorial from Decor Snob in order to learn how to make your own in a much more affordable way! It’s surprisingly simple.
15. Bone inlay painted mirror
Have we really caught your eye with the concept of making faux vintage things but the slightly weathered design we showed you earlier on our list isn’t quite as grand and old fashioned an aesthetic as you were going for? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like this tutorial from Cutting Edge Stencils that shows you how to carefully hand paint and stencil an ornate pattern around the edge of your mirror to mimic the stunning traditional bone inlay mirrors of old.