Making Bathroom Mirrors
Did you know that you can have great fun making bathroom mirrors? Instead of heading to the mall and purchasing
an expensive mirror, you can use material from around your home or purchase affordable items and you will soon be
making bathroom mirrors.
How do I go about making baathroom mirrors?
Designing your own mirror is the beginning of creating a completely new bathroom. You can use material from
around the home such as photo frames. Try to choose an embossed type. Embossed frames make great wall mirrors. You
could also create tabletop mirrors using it as a vanity mirror. Make-up mirrors make nice displays, especially when
you surround them with your favorite items such as bottles of perfumes etc.
How do I add a back?
You can use hardboard to add a backing when making bathroom mirrors. When picking the board however, make sure
that you match the board to the weight of the mirror. Rather, make sure that the backboard will hold the weight of
the frame and mirror. Mirrors typically weigh about 750g depending on the size. In this example, you are making the
quarter frame, so you will need to allow 0.32m2 per m2. So, if your mirror weighs more than 3 pounds, you will need
a board to hold 1.6kg per square foot. The thickness of the board then should be around one eighth inches. The
mirror will fit into the rebate. You can have the glass cut at any glass shop or mirror shop.
Once you have your materials together, you will want to fit the mirror onto the backing. The backing should
slide into the groove cut or wood joints (rebate). Once you have inserted the parts, you will need to hit your
brads gently to avoid breaking your mirror when nailing it into the picture frame. If you propose to hang the
mirror on your wall, you will require hangers, which you need to permit to pivot.
How do I select mounting materials?
You will need a mirror, frame, short screws, corner braces, craft paper (brown paper), double-back sticky tape,
dust cover, hangers, a couple of mirror hangers, awl, jigsaw, knife and extra screws to mount your frame.
Now that you have the basic ideas of making bathroom mirrors, you can start creating your first
mirror. In short, it takes ten steps to create your framed mirror. To finish your mirror, we suggest that you go to
your local library and check out books to help you. However, I will briefly walk you through the ten steps.
The first step is to turn your frame on its back and secure the corner braces, fastening them transversely to
connect the mitred corners. With your awl, create pilot holes in the back of your frame. Once you have created the
holes, insert the screws. If you have bought hardboard or are using cardboard, cut the board so that it matches the
size or your mirror. Face down, place the mirror inside your wood joints. Now you can place your
hardboard/cardboard inside the wood joints and over your mirror. Brads should be inserted at this point, which
should be at 2.5cm intervals from the corners.
Next, use your tape to cover the frame, layering the tape to about 3mm from the outer edges of your frame. Throw
away with the paper cover. Now you are off to a grand start to completing your mirror. Take the brown paper and cut
a 5cm strip extending a sizeable distance further than the edge of your mirror. Once you have your paper over the
backboard, you want to secure it. Use your sticky tape. The last steps is to trim, mark, and measure to add your
hangers. You will soon be making bathroom mirrors to your heart's content