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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to Create Decorative Trim

Have you ever wanted to add a chair rail to your bedroom wall?
CLX0507CHAIR16DG Perhaps you have a desire to update your bathroom windows with a bit of decorative trim.Bathroom-Toile-Sink-Skirt-HTOURS0307-de Maybe you have been dreaming of adding some dentil molding to your existing fireplace mantle.
Do you have some beautiful plates hung on the wall that would look even lovelier if they were framed out?
Ideas-Decorating-Elegant-Meal-GTL0206-de-67392952 It is actually quite easy to add any of these treatments to your home. Depending on the size of the project, it can be very inexpensive as well. Enter in my MITER BOX TUTORIAL.
In my own home I have tried to camouflage a large dated mirror in my front bath a variety of ways. There was the Beachy Bathroom.
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As well as the popular Ikea Frame out.
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For its third transition I wrapped up my mirrored monstrosity in a big pretty frame.
Although I do try to stick to the one take rule there are times when you just have to start over. But here is the  fun blooper for your enjoyment.
Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed!


Olivia and Me said...

See what a girl can do? Nicely done. I've got a bath that has a very large mirror in there too and did a few things to help convert the space to more of a softer look.

I love the dual mirror look on the mirror too.. and I've got a great idea now as to my framed in lower areas in my dining room.. thanks!!1

Enjoy the day and love the 'blooper' too.

with love,


susan said...

I have been thinking of putting a frame around one of my own monstrosities. I have wondered if (over time), the glue continues to hold. I have considered just taking it down, but can't imagine how to do it or dispose of it! Love the videos--especially the blooper!

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

We recently installed chair-rail molding in the study, and now are waiting patiently (ha!) to add some crown molding.

LOVE the mirror!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nicely done, Laura! That bathroom has seen some changes! I do like the mdf frame!

Linda said...

Very good tutorial and I loved the added blooper, :D

I wish I had windows in our bathrooms! Our master bath is in the center of the house. Good ideas though and I would especially love to do something with our bathroom mirrors. Everything seems to need updating at our house.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Laura, great tutorial, you're so cute! Thanks for sharing & for the shout-out. You're so right, we can do so many things with that miter box. Great job.

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, this is very timely advice given the project we are facing. I was interested to see your use of liquid nails. Could that be used for the trim on my bed foundation project in place of finishing nails on the trim?

The mirror looks great, love the blooper!!!

bj said...

AMAZING...this really is awesome. I could never do it but you really did a great job on the mirror..

fairfieldhouse said...


Great tutorial! I especially like your current solution for mirror monstrosities - framing the mirror. I had a mirror just like this in my last home. Wish I had thought of this fix.

Your blopper is how I go through most days.

Have a great day.


fairfieldhouse said...

Edit that to blooper please.

Lorrie said...

Very nicely done. My husband framed all of our bathroom mirrors with trim this past summer. Mine are painted black and I just love the way they add panache to the bathrooms.

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

I am defintely very fond of my miter box for small projects. I've made tons of picture frames with it.

What I'm really writing baout it your shower curtain fabric. You had osted once on my blog that you had my same fabric in your bathroom. I can't find it anymore and was wondering if you could tell me where you bought yours. I'd love about 15 more yards.


Destiny said...

I love the idea for the mirror! Thanks for sharing..I have one of those mirrors in my master bathroom and I hate it! I just may have to give this a try - with the help of my hubby though : )

Donna said...

Nice job....

Take care,

Miss Sandy said...


I use a big scary power arm saw for this type of cutting which might intimidate a beginner. I love that you made this project so beginner friendly! The mirror looks great.

Mimi said...

I do not think I could ever do that myself!!!! I would cut my finger off!!!! remember the Christmas story shooting his eye out, well it would be a finger!!!!!
I do plan on having chair rail put up in the master bedroom next week, and painted!!!!I have NEVER been to IKEA, but you know what, I am going to go there!!!! Soon!!!!!
I heard it is college room paradise, so I stayed away, but those frames are to die for, hanging from the bath room mirrors!!!!! We took our home builder mirrors(they were giant) and replaced them all, first step to make it look different then the neighbors!!!!
Have a great week, thanks for sharing the mytar box lesson!!!!

Mildred said...

Hi Laura, What great ideas and tutorials. I can't help but giggle when I remember teasing my dad when he asked me if I knew what a miter box was. I said "Yeah, you keep miters in it!!!"

Jeanette said...

What a wonderful job! You did great.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Laura, you are sooo ADORable! You make everything sound so easy. I'm going to have to run out and buy myself a miter box. I'm loving your tutorials.

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Great job on your video tutorial and your mirror! I have loved my miter box for years...that is until I recently was introduced to one of my new bff...the chop saw! I love using it and now my poor miter box only gets used every now and Love the look of your blog!!

Hugs and love,

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I've been wanting to do this, but am too scared!!! I need to work up the courage. I love the IKEa frame out thing you did too!

Liz said...

Question.... My dated mirror has a thick beveled mirror frame around it. Is that dated? Should I leave that or try to cover it up? What say you?


alice wayne said...

you're a ham!

i still think the video where joben jarudi and cool scott money came outside was the funniest.

Tanya said...

Your trim looks great. I also have one of these "lovely" mirrors that needs some tlc. Thanks for the tutorial. You look fabulous on camera, dahling.

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Three cheers for your genius at the framed mirror. It is so much more than pretty, it is brilliant.
Warm regards and a lovely weekend.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!! laura!! these videos of yours are wonderful!! love the photos too!! and i am home and got my cupcake plate!! loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Christine ~ JAZ Creations said...

I love the mirror with the frames! Looks great!!

WendyBee said...

Laura, I love your videos! I have a bathroom with a biggish mirror that would benefit from such a treatment. I will definitely remember this option when I update in there.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Great video presense, Laura! Nice going!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Linda said...

Thanks sooo much for the was did an awesome job here!


TheSmithHotel said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I would love to do that treatment to my bathroom mirrors. Maybe one day....