How To Make A Custom Tiled Mirror

Now this is some mirror!!
I am truly in L O V E!!
DIY Tiled Mirror
It was a booger, but worth it! Hubby was invaluable on this one!

(A disclaimer is needed here.... the lighting in the powder room is ridiculous for photography, so please pardon my funky pictures. :))

I can't wait to share the final reveal with you all!! That will be coming next!

I am in love with my powder room! Everyone that's seen it loves it! Yay!!

So, this is how we made our custom tiled mirror.

First, it took me F O R E V E R to find the right tile.  I went to every store in town then drove 30 minutes to the next biggest town... Nothing I liked.

I'd looked online, but I was leery. What if it wasn't what I thought, or I didn't like it, then I'd have to return it. Yada yada yada....

I took the leap.  Well, I am a Leeper! Ha!

I was NOT disappointed.  Free shipping too! Bonus!
They weren't cheap, but I loved them and hubby did too. They were $16.99 for a 12x12.  Ugh.... but it was the only one we loved. They were so worth it!

Here's the link to purchase the tile.
White Pearl Shell Tile

We bought a large piece of thin oak. I think it was a veneer type. It was only $8 and some change.

We needed it to be thin. We were concerned with the weight of the mirror when it was complete.

Hubby measured out the mirror to be 24x28 inches.
Hubby measuring mirror

The frame was going to be 3 inches wide for the tiles. That would allow for grout space too.

Well, when the tiles came, they didn't exactly measure correctly. Each tile was larger than a 1 inch tile and there were only 11 across not the normal 12.

So, Hubs had to "adjust" the frame.  He added boards on top to accommodate the tiles. 
Mirror Frame
Which actually worked out because now there was a frame that the mirror could set into.

I used Liquid Nails and clamped them until they were dry.
Groove for mirror to set in
Now this isn't the prettiest frame you've ever seen, but none of it will show. I promise!

Well, the little snags didn't stop....Since the tiles weren't exactly the size we expected, we needed a few more. Ugh!

I needed 10 more little squares to complete this thing!

I went shopping.  I thought I had seen something that might work..... 
Found a matching tile
I thanked the Lord, I found this!

This tile was mostly a grayish ceramic, but had mother of pearl accents here and there. There were about 13 accent tiles. Perfect!! 

Yeah, it was $8, but I didn't want to have to order another square, and then I'd have to wait!!!

So, I cut them out and used a knife and hammer to pry the mother of pearl off the glass tile. It worked!!
Prying tiles off
I still can't believe it worked!! Yay!  

As you can see the size is just a bit off. But as I scatter them throughout the frame, I don't think you'll be able to tell. :)
matches pretty good
I am so ready for the fun part!!!

I wasn't sure how we were going to attach them to the frame. I thought about mortar, but that seemed too much. These aren't regular tiles. They are really thin. Which worked out perfect. They won't be as heavy for the mirror.  

We went to Lowes to look for adhesive and grout. The guy there told us to check out one of the craft stores for supplies. He really only had adhesive and grout for big projects not something this small, we'd have way too much leftover. So, we hit Hobby Lobby. They had the perfect amount and for the right price! For the adhesive and grout it was about $8. 
Tile Adhesive
I cut the tiles in strips to fit the frame and figured out where my individual tiles would go. Squeezed on some adhesive and smoothed it out with my finger and laid the tile on. 

Next let it dry and cure for 5-6 hours.
Tile Glued to frame
I was excited to grout.  I couldn't wait to see what it was going to look like!
Grouting tiles on mirror frame
It was super easy! It was non sanded grout in white. Just push it in the grooves wait about 20-30 minutes and wipe with a sponge. I came back after another hour and wiped it again. 

In the morning, I buffed it with a towel, and got all of the leftover grout off the tiles. It took a little bit of elbow grease. 
Grouted and buffed tile on mirror frame
I wanted to add a little trim to the frame so you couldn't see the raw edge. I picked up some thin dowels and some balsa wood strips.

Hindsight being 20x20, I wish I had used a smaller balsa wood trim on the inside instead of the dowels. But Oh, well.  It still came out beautiful.

I spent about $3 on trim. I mitered the corners of the dowels and glued them with my hot glue gun. They aren't anywhere near perfect, but no ones going to be able to tell.
Dowel trim on inside of mirror frame
I painted all the trim. 
Outside trim
Then I glued the outside trim in place. Once everything was dry, I grouted the inside edge and the outside edge.

This isn't a great pic of the outside edge, but you get the idea.
painted trim

Grouted the inside trim a bit
 Oh and remember to paint just inside the edge of the frame, because the mirror reflects the edge. Mine isn't perfect, but like I said unless someone is going to do an inspection or grade me on this.... No one will notice.

Lastly, we finished off the back. I had some scrap pieces of the veneer and cut two of them. Grabbed a few tiny screws and screwed on the top piece and a bottom piece. There was a bit of a gap, so I was "creative" and used some cardboard as shims. :)

Hubby measured and lined up the picture hangars. He has so much patience!
Backing and hangars
The moment of truth, was it going to fit? Was is going to be gorgeous?
DIY Tiled Mirror
Completely perfect! I love how the tile sparkles! I can't believe it's finished! Total cost =$61

Not bad for a custom fit, perfect sized, gorgeous mirror!!! What do you think?!

Do you love it as much as I do?


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