DIY Decorating: Frame Your Mirror With Glass Tile

A mirror that's a work of art

Set on no-mess strips of tile adhesive mat, shimmery glass tile becomes the perfect frame for a beveled glass mirror. All you need is an MDF back, wood trim, tile, mirror and grout.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine






$20 - $100

Design and layout

Vern Johnson, TFH art director extraordinaire, is a hands-on fellow who’s addicted to glass tile. He was itching for a new tile project that wouldn’t break the bank. So he came up with this glass tile border and frame that transforms a plain mirror into a stunning work of art. Big impact—small price. Here’s how he did it.

Set and grout the tile

For this project, I used a tile adhesive mat—a mat that’s sticky on both sides (sold at home centers and tile stores). You stick one side to the frame and then stick the tiles to the face. It’s easy to use, you can grout it right away and there’s less mess than with mastic. But mastic would definitely be cheaper and it would work fine too.

Attach the mirror

Use special mirror adhesive (available at home centers) to bond the mirror to the MDF backer. Carefully set the mirror in place, then let the adhesive set overnight.

After the glue has dried, turn the mirror over and mark locations for two hanger straps at the top of the mirror. If possible, match these hanger locations to the studs on the wall, but if the spacing doesn’t work out where you want to place the mirror, use heavy duty drywall anchors.

Rout channels for the hanger straps with a dado bit set to the depth of the hanger. Screw the straps to the MDF backer, then hang the mirror.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • Caulk gun
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Level
  • Dust mask
  • Framing square
  • Grout float
  • Rags
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 3/4" MDF
  • 3/4" x 2 1/2" oak trim
  • Clear finish
  • Tile mat
  • Unsanded grout
  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape
  • Glass tile
  • Beveled mirror
  • Metal straps
  • Heavy duty drywall anchor
  • 2" screws

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