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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 the 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 – learn how to tile a mirror.
DIY Bathroom Mirror Re-Do
I really hate changing plans… but, it worked out for the best as you’ll see! I had bathroom mirror tile ideas and I was excited for the project. I love a good, quick home improvement project anyway.
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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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.
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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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?
Wondering what size tiles were used?
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!
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~
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.
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?
Did you ever find out what to do with the metal brackets holding the mirror?
Point.Click.Capture, LLC says
How do the sides look? I love this idea, just wondering if it’s too thick on the sides since it’s not framed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you!! Excellent idea!
Alethea Etinoff 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.
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(:
I am TOTALLY DOING THIS! And I’m a little excited
I am TOTALLY doing this! And I’m a little excited. Thanks
I am TOTALLY DOING THIS! And I’m a little excited. Thanks!
I am having a hard time finding the DAP Household Silicone Adhesive. Where did you purchase it? Thanks!
I’d really enjoy doing this to my bathroom mirror, but I’m renting! Anyone know of a way to do this TEMPORARILY?
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.
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WOW! That’s a fantastic idea!!!! I’m so excited… I can’t wait to try this!
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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. :-\
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
You could try 3M/Scotch Mounting Squares instead of the silicone adhesive. Those are meant to be removable.
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….)
What color are the walls? I love it.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
Lori jozwiak 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.
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!
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. 🙂
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
Carole Mayne 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.
I am trying on a round mirror too!
Christina Gump says
Just did this with my husband in our master bathroom. We have a 40×50 mirror and used 12×12 glass and ceramic blocks. I cut the 12×12 ceramic blocks into 6 2″ strips and used Locktite Kitchen and Bath adhesive to glue the 2″ strips to the mirror. It looks beautiful!! Loved this DIY project. Thanks for the inspiration!
Carol Miller says
Tried this and it looks great !!! I made it a bit easier by taking off the entire mirror. Laying it on a table. Much easier laying down to place tiles.
Hi Emily! I just wanted to say that I loved your tutorial. What a fantastic idea! I was giving my own ugly bathroom a makeover, and I needed to come up with a cost-effective way of making the mirror not look like an after-thought. I stumbled across your post on Pinterest, and I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do. I tried it, and it turned out fabulously! (If I do say so myself.) I’m so happy with the results!
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you. I am new to the blogging world myself, and I actually never really comment on other people’s blogs in the past. But I just posted a link to your post in my own blog yesterday, and then thought it was probably poor etiquette to not say something directly to you about how great I thought your idea was. So again, thanks for sharing. 🙂
I did this after reading this blog.
A couple things to consider:
1) Measure and plan out the number of tiles on each side. They may not come out to the same size as your mirror, so you need to compensate by letting each side jut off the edges a bit.
2) There is a reflection of the mesh under the tiles in the mirror. It’s not real bad, but definitely noticable.
3) I used a fast-dry glue (cement) and didn’t have to bother with the taping business.
4) I used a tile snipper to cut the tiles around the clips on my huge mirror. Worked pretty well….not perfect, but OK.
Just finished! I also had to cut just one tile, to get the spacing right. I used a triangle file all the way around the tile where I wanted to cut; then used a chisel and hammer on the back side of the tile. It broke perfectly on my filed line. If you don’t have many tiles to cut its a great alternative to buying a dremel.
Dana O says
I did this today and it turned out great…used glass tiles which look awesome and add color. I tried the silicone adhesive, but switched to my hot glue gun and it worked much better. Thanks so much for the great idea and tutorial!