DIY: Faux Tile Mirror Frame

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This past weekend was quite productive.  We managed to organize our hallway closet and our garage.  We rid ourselves of items that we no longer use which is always a bit of a cathartic experience.  And we gave our downstairs bathroom a fresh look with an easy DIY.


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I would say that was a good weekend in the spirit of getting things done.

We have been in our house for about a year and a half.  We moved from a small 2 bedroom, 1 bath home to a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home.  With a bigger home comes more to do and we are just taking the approach of one room at a time.  We have come a long way but there is always something that can be freshened up.  It truly is a process in making it all our own.

The bathroom was fairly easy.  The shower had already been updated by the previous owners and really just needed a fresh coat of paint and some new storage.

Also, above the sink was this plain mirror.  Just a flat mirror that was glued to the wall.  It needed something.  A large frame would have been nice but as the edge of the mirror sits right against the shower, we would have lost quite a bit of reflection.


Instead, we chose to create a frame.  We used Tack Tile, that you could get at any home improvement store.  Generally, this is used as a quick fix back splash in a kitchen.  But it worked quite well for this project.

Here are some other variations of what we used:

What you will need:
  • Tack Tile (3 peel & stick tile sheets – 10.62″x 10″ per sheet)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Exacto Knife or a good pair of scissors
What to do:

Start with a clean surface.  Wipe the outer edges of the mirror with the Rubbing Alcohol and let dry.  Figure out how wide you want the frame to be.  In our case we went with 3 tile strips per side.  You then want to take your knife or scissors and cut between the strips.

I actually started with the Exacto knife but got much better precision with scissors.  So, whatever works best for you.

Peel the strips and carefully apply to the edges of the mirror.  Make sure when connecting strips to cut the detail to fit.

This takes a little patience.  But just making sure all edges look fluid is all you need to do.  Work your way around.  I applied strips the full length of the mirror on both sides and then filled in the top and bottom.  So cutting to size will be needed.



And there you have it!  An easy DIY to add some POP to a boring mirror!

Here is a before and after:
Bathroom Before
Bathroom After
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