This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to create a modern mirror edge using weather stripping! A crazy easy update to a mirror. You might remember that I updated a dated mirror a few months ago. It was a faux wood mirror that was very ornate and chunky (see photo below). I gave it a dry brush paint technique update. I loved the look, but the mirror was just too big and really didn’t fit with my decor. So I figured why not make it over again for this month’s thrift store makeover.
In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a sleek and stylish modern mirror edge using weather stripping. It’s a surprisingly simple DIY project that can give your mirror a contemporary makeover without breaking the bank. So, let’s dive right into it and learn how to transform your wall mirror with this easy frame idea.
Materials You’ll Need:
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- Mirror: Choose any mirror you want to upgrade. It can be a full-length mirror, a bathroom mirror, or even a small decorative one.
- Weather Stripping: Opt for a self-adhesive weather stripping tape. It’s available in various styles and colors, allowing you to pick the one that matches your desired modern aesthetic. Here is what I used from Home Depot and one similar from Amazon. The one I chose is a “D” shape. They have flat options too.
- Measuring Tape: For accurate measurements.
- Scissors: To cut the weather stripping to the right size.
- Cleaning Supplies: Clean the mirror thoroughly before starting the project.
- Optional: Paint or spray paint if you want to customize the color of your weather stripping.
Removing the mirror from the old frame:
I was taking the mirror out of the frame for this project. If you already have the mirror out you can move to the next step. If you need to remove your mirror you’ll typically need a screwdriver and some gloves.
I flip my mirror over to see the screws holding the mirror into the frame. I placed it on a flat surface and started removing the screws from the back.
Once all the screws were removed I was able to lift the backing off. Most of the time it’s just particle board on the back that is very light weight.
Then I put my gloves on and lifted the mirror from inside the frame and placed it on my countertop for the next steps.
Easy DIY Mirror Edge
Step 1: Clean Your Mirror
Begin by cleaning the mirror surface thoroughly. This step is crucial because any dirt or residue can affect the adhesion of the weather stripping.
Step 2: Measure and Cut
I decided not to try to create 45 degree angle cuts on my edges. So I decided to have the top and bottom edge to run the full length. Then the sides would be the measurement between those pieces. Remember to measure all four sides separately, as mirrors can sometimes be slightly uneven.
Step 3: Apply the Weather Stripping
Peel off the backing of the weather stripping and carefully apply it along the edges of the mirror. Start at one corner and press it firmly in place, working your way along each side. Make sure it adheres securely and is aligned evenly with the edge of the mirror. This stuff is sticky, so make sure to take your time because once you press it down you won’t want to lift it back up.
Step 4: Trim Excess
If you find that the weather stripping is slightly longer than needed, use your scissors to trim any excess. I just held the scissors flush with the mirror edge and trimmed off any overhang on the top and bottom. For the side pieces I used my finger to press on the weatherseal to mark where I need to cut.
Customization for an Easy Modern Mirror Edge
If you want to add a pop of color to your mirror, this is the time to get creative. You can paint the weather stripping to match your decor or create a contrasting accent. Just make sure to let it dry completely before handling it. I chose a black weather stripping, but I also saw white and a medium gray shade. If you want a different color follow these directions.
- Choose a paint color that matches your room’s decor or provides a striking contrast.
- Lay the weather stripping on a protected surface and apply a thin, even coat of paint.
- Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the weather stripping. This usually takes a few hours to a day, depending on the paint type and humidity.
- Follow the above steps to add the weather stripping to your mirror.
Customizing the weather stripping adds a personal touch to your project and allows you to tailor it to your interior design.
Once you have all your supplies ready you can have this project done in 30 minutes – a quick DIY makeover perfect for the weekend!
FYI… I placed a piece of the weather stripping on the bottom of the mirror too (the edge touching the dresser) that way I didn’t have to worry about the edge of the mirror damaging the wood and it also helps to keep it stable.
Easy DIY Mirror Edge
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- Clean Your Mirror: Cleaning your mirror is a vital first step in this project. Any dirt, dust, or residues on the mirror's surface can prevent the weather stripping from sticking the best it can.
- Measure and Cut: Take your measuring tape and measure each side of the mirror separately. Mirrors can sometimes have slight variations in length or width. I decided to have the top and bottom run the full length and the sides to fill in the difference.
- Apply the Weather Stripping: Begin at one corner of the mirror's edge. Carefully peel off the backing of the weather stripping, revealing the adhesive side. Align the weather stripping with the edge of the mirror and start pressing it firmly in place. Work your way along the edge, keeping it aligned evenly.
- Trim Excess: Even with precise measurements, you may find that the weather stripping extends slightly beyond the edge of the mirror. Here's how to trim any excess: Use sharp scissors to trim the weather stripping. Ensure you cut it flush with the edge of the mirror to maintain a sleek and modern look.
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