Bathroom Makeover Challenge Part 3: Repurpose a Mirror

DIY specialist and professional furniture expert Natasha Dickens from Little Red Industries is back with part 3 of her Bathroom Makeover Challenge. Today she shares how to revamp your existing bathroom mirror with a touch of timber.

The one element in a bathroom that doesn’t wear out or become dated is the mirror so there’s no reason it shouldn’t be reused. Adding a custom timber vanity table and changing the original aluminium frame of the mirror to timber adds a handcrafted element. It also helps the large mirror feel warmer and helps tie it into the rest of the refurb. Choose an adhesive that handles moisture, such as Bondall’s Bondcrete, which is also easy to work with and dries quickly and clear, and always seal new timber.

Removing the original mirrors

It seemed odd there were two adjacent mirrors but, once removed, I discovered they hid what was previously a window. The hidden window cavity was the perfect size for recessed shelving and once the walls were painted white, the room still reflected lots of light.

The aluminium framing had been sealed to the mirror with silicone and keeps it from bending, so I simply kept it intact and made a new frame from 8mm thick Tasmanian oak beading, which is lightweight and matches the vanity.


STEP 1: To take down a large wall-mounted mirror, pop the screw caps off and remove the screws with a drill, working upwards from the base and calling in an extra pair of hands to prevent it from falling.

TIP: Keep the mirror intact if possible. This large one had a slimline aluminium frame with support brackets at the back.

STEP 2: Choose a round-edge trim wide enough to cover the aluminium frame, such as Porta 40 x 8mm Tasmanian oak round-edge cover strap moulding, then cut to fit around the mirror, keeping it flush with the inside of the existing frame.

TIP: Using butt joints adds more strength to the frame than if you were to cut mitres.

STEP 3: Working on a flat surface, apply Bondall Bondcrete adhesive to the moulding, position it over the existing frame.

STEP 4: Clamp around the mirror, making sure it’s flat, wipe away excess adhesive with a clean damp cloth then leave to dry.

STEP 5: From the back, check the edge of the mirror to determine the position of the screws. From the front, countersink through the existing aluminium frame, avoiding the mirror.

STEP 6: Position the mirror in the bathroom, checking it will attach to studs on at least two sides, then secure to the wall using 60mm screws.

TIP: Cover the holes with timber filler and leave to dry.

STEP 7: Use painter’s tape to mask around the mirror then lightly hand-sand over the filler and around the new frame using 180-grit abrasive paper. Use a mini roller with microfibre cover to apply three coats of Monocel Gold Clear Timber Varnish in Satin, leaving to dry between coats. 

STEP 8: Use Bondall’s Waterbased Turps to clean up any spills before you call it a day.