How to Frame an Oval Mirror with Moldable Trim
We are currently in the midst of a major Primary Bathroom makeover and I have been trying to find as many easy, affordable ways as possible to make this small space feel more grand and luxe.
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Above our sink is a recessed medicine cabinet with a plain, unframed oval mirror. Instead of replacing the entire piece, which would have been expensive and laborious, I decided to find a way to up-cycle the mirror we already have without even taking it off the wall!
I found the solution with a material I have never used before - moldable trim!
Moldable/Flexible trim can be used anywhere in your home from framing doors, to crown moulding, to baseboards for extra depth and dimension. It's traditionally made of a strong foam material that can be shaped and molded for arches and curves. It's also paintable!
How to Use Moldable Trim on a Mirror
This DIY is both affordable and simple to do and the end result is so gorgeous! The best part is that you can customize this easy home improvement project to match YOUR home style!
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paint of choice
1. Start by painting your trim in the color of your choice. I used interior latex paint in the color Cardboard by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams in a flat finish. NOTE: paint both sides of your trim! The mirror will reflect the back of the trim and if it's not painted, you will see it.
2. Clean the surface of your mirror to make sure the adhesive can do its job!
3. Apply a generous amount of super glue to a small section of your mirror. NOTE: I started my trim at the bottom center of my mirror, but you can start anywhere. Just be mindful of where the seam will be located!
4. Attach the end of your trim strip to the glue area.
5. Repeat the process one small section at a time, slowly bending the trim as you go to match the curve of your mirror. NOTE: this is a quick dry glue, so I only had to hold the section in place for a few moments before moving on.
6. When you have covered the entire edge of your mirror in trim, cut the end so that it matches up with your beginning edge. NOTE: I was not great at this, and ended up choosing to cover my seam with a wooden applique!
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With the mirror complete, we just have to put the final touches on this makeover and I can't wait to show you the full reveal!