DIY Bathroom Mirror: A Re-Do for Only $18!

When we first moved into our new house, I took one look at the raw edge mirror in the downstairs bathroom and had every intention of removing it and replacing it with something better. But, when I got down to the nitty gritty, I realized that whoever had installed our bathroom mirror was glue happy, and didn’t just adhere it to the wall — they cemented it! Removing it would have damaged the wall terribly, causing need for repair and re-texturizing. I decided to go with plan B, (even though I really didn’t have a plan B) and do something different.

This DIY Bathroom Mirror redo is easy, and it only costs $18!

DIY Bathroom Mirror Re-Do

I really hate changing plans… but, it worked out for the best as you’ll see!

I love a good, quick home improvement project anyway.

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I decided to start my little diy bathroom mirror project with a fresh coat of paint first. I wanted something rich, something chocolate brown. Not only for the design aesthetic, but the fact that it’s basically a boy-proof color. I’m all about that.

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I went to Lowe’s and purchased two sheets of tumbled marble tiles clearance priced for $7 each. This diy bathroom mirror project was just getting better and better! When I got them home, I trimmed the mesh around the tile to make a smooth edge.

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I also purchased a tube of silicone adhesive that boasted it could be used for fusing glass together to form a fish tank. Another nod in the way of boys and their bathroom habits. I figured that if it could hold together a fish tank, my diy bathroom mirror could take anything that my boys could throw at it.

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Then, I spent the next hour cutting, squeezing, and sticking…

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The trickiest part was the top. I just used a little painters tape to keep them in place until the adhesive could harden up.

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Before I knew it, I was finished and off doing something else! Not bad for an hour’s worth of work!

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But, do you want to know the best part!? My diy bathroom mirror was so cheap!

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Yup, only $18!

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  1. Susan says

    This is my first time here, so I’m not sure that my comment posted. In any event, I love this tile project and I’m going to try it. Maybe not stone tile, maybe glass mosaic.

  2. says

    good idea and so many questioned were asked which they were my questions too but where do I get the answer to all those question?

    • Susan says

      I just across this blog. Love the mirror idea. I was going to replace a large mirror with ugly looking edges, but your idea is just great :)

  3. Haily says

    So I LOVE this idea…but me being wannabe crafty who needs specific step by step instructions lol….I have a larger oval mirror…how would I do that? I was thinking making the tiles diamond angled instead of square then filling those gaps around with 2 layers of the smallest tiles available…what do you all think? Would that work?

    • Julie Reses says

      I, too am curious as to how to work the square glass tiles around a large oval mirror. Have you had any luck with your project? I’ll take any suggestions from those with the same dilemma.

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  7. says

    Please tell me the size tile you used to frame your mirror. Since there are several sizes of tiles, I originally chose the 2″ square but think it looks a little too big. Did you get the 1″ tiles? I had this idea about a year ago but did not know how to go about it. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Leigh says

    Looks great, but did you have to find tile that worked with the length of the mirror or did you have to cut the corner pieces because they were too wide? Also, my mirror is beveled on the edges. Do you think it would look just as good to set the tiles on the inner part of the edge before the bevel begins (it would be about an inch and a half from the edge)?

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  12. Kerrie says

    I want to do this for a boring apartment mirror. Would the adhesive glue come off fairly well? What about with goo-gone or something of the sort? Any recommendations for a good glue that I’ll be able to get off when I leave?

  13. Patty says

    I am repainting our bathroom and have had these Mexican tiles for years that I was going to use as a backsplash, but this would be less of a commitment (and work) if I ever get tired of the tiles. Great idea!

  14. says

    very awesome :) i wish i could do something like this or more to my girlie tastes with my bathroom mirror or anything in my house but our landlords are anal and would charge us SO much money if we did and tried to move out. kinda sucks.

    but i love this~

  15. Regina says

    Just finished my kids bathroom mirror,in about 30 minutes. It turned out Great!!! I Love it. THANKS for the idea. Now off to the m,aster bathroom.

  16. Louise says

    I really want to do this in my master bathroom but can’t figure out what to do with the metal brackets holding the mirror. I saw some people had ideas but can’t invision what they are talking about. What did you do about the brackets on your mirror?

  17. says

    Our bathroom mirrors have a dark grey color around the edges, like the silvering is coming off around the bottom .
    I was afraid we would have to put in new mirrors, but this will solve that problem! Thank you so much.

    • Joyce says

      My mirror also had the dark edging at the bottom (caused by moisture from the water faucet splashing up). I removed the mirror from the wall and took it to a glass shop and had the damaged bottom cut off. looks good as new now. I think I will still try the tile edging just to fancy it up a bit.

  18. Bonnie says

    Unscrew the mirror from the clips and lay flat on a table. Then begin the process. THe mirror can them be glued to the wall with construction adhesive. Fill the screw holes in with a little drywall mud, give a light sanding and touch up with your primer and paint.

    • says

      Or, you could glue the mirror to a 1/4″ sheet of plywood and hang the mirror with flat keyhole hangers. You could set the tiles on so that they overhang the edge of the mirror so the mirror edge and plywood don’t show.

  19. says

    I am in the process of painting my bathroom and I don’t like the raw edges either. Thanks for the GREAT idea! I will post before and after pics on Pinterest ~ Blended4Purpose.

  20. says

    Hi Emily,
    I just came home from Lowes with some 3×6 Tumbled Marble tiles and am super excited to try your idea this week! My mirror has rounded edges so we’ll see how it turns out! Thank you again for posting this(:

  21. Linda says

    I am having a hard time finding the DAP Household Silicone Adhesive. Where did you purchase it? Thanks!

  22. Hope says

    I’d really enjoy doing this to my bathroom mirror, but I’m renting! Anyone know of a way to do this TEMPORARILY?

    • Kathi says

      Maybe you can purchase black duct tape and cut it a bit smaller than the height of the tile. Tape it to the mirror and glue the tile to the duct tape. That way when you move you can pull the tile and tape off together. If adhesive from the duct tape sticks to the mirror it should come off using Goof Off.

  23. Racquel says

    This is a great idea. The only change I would make is to paint the edges of the mirror black so you don’t see the refection of the back of the tile. Sorry, those kinds of things bother me. :-\

    • noel says

      Racquel – great idea. I noticed that as well as wasn’t going to do this project beacuse of it. Now I am excited to hit Home Depot tomorrow to gove it a try.

    • TeresaT says

      What kind of black paint do you suggest using to paint the edges of the mirror so you don’t see the reflection of the back of the tile?

    • Lynda says

      Another thought is to paint the back of the tiles black rather than the mirror. Depending on what tiles you are using, it may be easier to do it this way. Clearly this would not work for glass tiles though.

  24. Ingrid says

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU for sharing your step by step process! I have a very ugly mirror in the master bath and was thinking about way to “fix” it… You are my DIY angel! I can’t wait to shop for tiles and glue! Wish me luck!

  25. emily says

    i am moving into an apartment, and i would LOVE to do this, but it would have to be easily removed. is the adhesive you used the answer, or do you have any suggestions?

    • Carrie says

      You could try 3M/Scotch Mounting Squares instead of the silicone adhesive. Those are meant to be removable.

      • Cailin says

        Thank you so much! I loved this idea but also live in an apartment. This is such a fantastic idea! (And I actually have the 3M squares around here….)

  26. Christy Teel says

    This is a great idea! I have 3 bathrooms all with raw-edge mirrors that really annoy me. I will be making a trip to Home Depot today! Thanks!

  27. francie says

    i want to do this but my mirror is bigger then yours. will it still have the same look or is it better on a smaller mirror? also is the entire tile piece place on the mirror or is there any hanging over the edge of the mirror? thank you for you post, i love the look and hope i can try it!

  28. Heaven Neil says

    Thank you so much for this idea. I did this just this weekend to three of my mirrors. Once you trim the tiles off of the mesh it goes super quick. I used the smaller glass tiles for a mosaic look and am absoutly in love with the end product. It transforms the look of my bathrooms. Thank you, thank you. thank you!

  29. Paula says

    What did you do when you go to the little metal piece on the mirror? It is the piece that sorta looks like a little clamp? If you place the tile over it will be off– Thanks for your response.

    • Annette C says

      Planning this project myself. No way I am going to cut tiles, so I intend to just leave a gap around the little clamp (they’re clear plastic on my mirror), then stick a second tile over the top – centered over the ones to the right and left, and glued to each. Obviously they’ll be “stick out” a bit, but since they’re centered on the mirror, I think it’ll look fine.

      • Christina says

        Don’t they make like really small tile pieces why not just get some really small ones that go with the tiles that you are using and outline the metal pieces with them…..when I think about it and imgain it in my head it sounds and looks really good either way this will become a project today

    • says

      I love this tutorial but it was harder than it looked. :) I had that metal clamp piece on the bottom of my mirror and thought great it isn’t holding the mirror up so it should be easy to get off right? Well not so easy it is actually caulked to the vanity and the back wall smaking it hard to scrap or pull without shattering the mirror. We carefully bent back the metal and used a small rotating saw and cut the metal off so it was flush with the mirror. You have to be careful not to scrap the mirror or cut the wall. It took time and patience. Then I would suggest taping a level or ruler to the mirror to hold the top tiles in place. I used painters tape and packing tape and had a hard time getting them to stay. Also make sure you see how your tiles will fit before you glue. You don’t want to have to cut a tile so make sure they are spread out evenly on both sides.

  30. says

    I did this in my bathroom with sea glass, but had trouble with them sticking on the top row, I never thought of painters tape to keep them in place while they dried!

  31. Cinda says

    I want to do this, but wonder how to work around the brackets that hold our mirror on the wall. File a notch out of those tiles or use bigger dollops of adhesive on the other tiles? Any thoughts on this?

    • Claudia Martin says

      Hello, we put glass mosaic tiles around our mirror. If we had removed the plastic clips, there would have been holes in the wall where the screws were placed. We purchased the flattest washers we could find to replace the plastic clips. My husband then placed cut up pieces of a popsicle stick, wrapped with tape, behind the washers to keep them flat against the mirror. They stick out a little but blend with the brushed nickel lights and fixtures. He had to pound the bottom clips with a piece of wood, to cover them, and a small hammer to flatten them out. It looks great! I love the tumbled marble ones too, but we couldn’t find any at the store.

      • Claudia Martin says

        Yes, the tiles were glued, using the silicone adhesive, directly over the washers and bottom clips after those little adjustments. :)

      • faye says

        I had thght about doing that for a long time but was never sure what to do @ clips that hold mirror to the wall and still not sure how u did. Pics please of wall attachments

  32. says

    Ok…am I the only person going to try this with a round mirror??? I will use all the tips and go for it, maybe using glass tiles instead of tumbled marble or travertine.. Thank you so much for this idea..I’ll let you know when I do it, I’m NOT cutting each tile into a pie piece to fit, tho!

    • Nancy Gibson says

      Carole Mayne…why not try to use octagonal tile? It just may be easier than the little square ones. Just a thought.


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