DIY: Mosaic Tile Bathroom Mirror
April 15, 2013
I spent the weekend working on the bathroom up in the studio (that little space above our garage) sprucing up the narrow bathroom. There was an old fashioned mirror hanging in there and I wasn’t crazy about it anymore, so I changed the mirror and repainted the walls.
I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I remembered I had some leftover mosaic tile from our master shower project. That box of mosaic tile was collecting dust bunnies and daddy long leg spiders on a shelf for four years so I decided to use a few of the leftover sheets of it to create a mosaic tile framed mirror on the bathroom wall above the vanity.
Years later, I still love this mosaic tile blend for its sand and sea palette and iridescent sparkle when it catches the sun in the daylight.
I combined a few sheets of this leftover mosaic tile and an inexpensive piece of cut mirror that I purchased at Lowes. It adds some decorative tile to a space that was lacking before. Creating your own DIY version of a mosaic tile framed bathroom mirror isn’t complicated – here is the step by step:
Before you have a mirror cut, figure out the size of your tile frame first. I trimmed the mosaic tile sheets in 5 piece strips and used push pins to hold it on the wall to form a template and then marked the outline of where the mirror would go with a pencil.
Once I knew the size of mirror I needed, I had the piece of mirror cut at Lowes at 24.5” x 23.5” for less than $12 – they will cut glass and mirror for you with what they have in stock.
To support the mirror, I secured some scrap wood leftover from last week’s planter project as a base, making sure it was level.
Construction adhesive designed for glass secured it to the wall, it was dry in a few hours. Note: this was a thin piece of 1/8” thick mirror and somewhat small so the adhesive alone was sufficient. If you’re doing this on a larger scale, it’s safer to use mirror clips secured to wall studs to support heavier and larger pieces of mirror.
24 hours later, I used a white thin-set mortar (leftover from this window box planter project) to secure the tile to the wall to form the frame. When you’re working with transparent glass tile make sure the mortar is applied smoothly instead of a rough trowel because it will show through the tile underneath (also check to ensure the mortar is the color you want it to be as well!) I used the same wood pieces to support the bottom sections of tile (spackle the holes later and touch up with paint).
This particular brand of tile is manufactured with the front covered by paper which is removed by soaking it with water and peeling it away after the mortar has dried.
For smaller projects I prefer putty knife instead of a grout float to apply the grout in between the sections of tile.
I chose Bright White for the grout, it has a partner caulk in the same color (both are available at Home Depot) which comes in handy at the end.
Use a grout sponge to wipe away any residue left on top of the tile.
You can frame the mirror with molding or trim, I just used a bead of caulk and a caulking tool to finish the edges, and then repainted for a clean edge.
The tile is a custom mosaic blend from Oceanside Glass Tile that I purchased five years ago. I recall it’s a blend of of White, Clear, Oxygen, and Moonstone, in both iridescent and non-iridescent finishes.
I have more work to do, like making a window treatment and including some artwork on the freshly painted walls, but the new mosaic tile mirror is a great start! I’ll share more on the studio transformation in the weeks to come.
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