Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mirror Makeover



Finally!  Time to update my guest bathroom!  For my first project I updated the old boring mirror with some glass tile.  It turned out amazing!

What you need:
-Sand paper (80 grit)
-1" Mesh mounted tile
-Painters Tape
-2 part clear Epoxy Glue (I used 2.5 tubes of gorilla glue)
-Unsanded Tile Grout (and grouting supplies)

Step 1: Lightly sand the edges of the mirror.  Be sure only to sand the area the tile will be covering.  You only need to scratch it up a bit to be sure the glue adheres.

Step 2: Cut the mesh on the tile to the desired boarder size.  Mine is 3".  Be sure to trim the edges of the mesh as close to the tiles as possible.

Step 3: Mix 2 part epoxy.  Be sure to read the directions for the glue!  You won't want to mix all of it at once or it will set before you are able to use it all.   Apply glue to the back of the tile and position on mirror.  You have a few minutes to adjust the tile position before it sets.

This was the hardest part of this project.  Since I did this with my mirror still on the wall the tile would slide out of position so I had to hold it for about 15 minutes, which got really tiring.  After the first few pieces my husband recommended painters tape to help hold it in place, brilliant!  So instead of holding it for 15 minutes I held it for maybe 5 until the glue started getting tacky then let the painters tape do the rest.

Once complete let the glue cure for the recommended time in the directions.  I think it was 24 hours.

Step 4: Grout. Be sure to use unsanded grout if you are using glass tile, sanded will scratch the surface of glass tiles.

Using painters tape, tape of the inner side of the mirror where it meets the tile.  This will help ensure a clean grout line along the edges.  You may also want to to it at the wall if you are doing this with the mirror still mounted.  As you can see in my picture the grout got on the wall and made a bit of a mess but as this is just step one in my bathroom remodel, paint is coming very soon!

Mix grout in a large bucket and using grout float apply to tile.  Be sure you push it down into the cracks and wipe away excess.  Use a sponge to clean surface.  I recommend searching youtube for a video on how to grout before taking this on.  It's not difficult but needs to be done correctly.

Peel tape from mirror before the grout is completely dry.

Step 5: Once grout has cured for recommended time on the package seal the grout to help prevent any mold growing in the wet bathroom environment.

And you are done!




Project number 2... Floor tile!  I can't wait!

Update:  1 year later and the mirror still looks great!  Just a change of wall color! I'm sanding and painting the doors dark grey next!






30 comments:

  1. What was the total time from start to finish for this project? It looks fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! I did it over 2 weekends. Prepped and hung the tile the first weekend, which took around 3 hours with a bit of trial and error. Grouted the second weekend, maybe an hour or a little more.

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  2. What did you do with the mirror clips? Can you tile right over them?

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    1. Sorry for the delay, I've been on vacation. Yes, I tiled right over them!

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    3. Hope you still check this. When tiling over mirror clips, did it make the tiles covering them stick out much?

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    4. It makes it stick out slightly. If you look at the up like picture of the bottom corner of the mirror you can see it. The 5th and 6th tile on the bottom row angle out a bit. It's hardly noticeable.

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    5. I just did this - tiled over the mirror clip, and it barely sticks out.
      Sara

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  3. You can purchase 12 x 12 sheets of tile that have adhesive glue already on them. That will cut down on the drying time and will eliminate the sliding of the tiles. We did a similar project on a piece of plain white backsplash in the kitchen and it looks great.

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    1. you mean you can tile on top of tile? that would be awesome.

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    2. Where can you find sheets of tile with adhesive glue already on?

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  4. Love your Scentsy plug in! I'm a rep!

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  5. How did you cut the mesh??

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    1. I used a box knife to cut them apart then used scissors to trim close to the edge of the tile.

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  6. I hope your still checking this post I want to do this and have been reading tons of blogs on it. Your this first person that's done it right on the tile! Did you leave some of the mesh on the tiles? so you still had tile on the mesh? And then glued it on the mirror? How does it look after a year?

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    1. Sorry if this reply shows up twice. My first one disappeared. I left the mesh on and just trimmed as close to the edge as possible. So the pieces I glued were about 3x12. It still looks great! It is the kids bathroom so it gets plenty of use. I just clean it with windex when I'm cleaning the mirror.

      I took and updated picture for you but I can't seem to post it in the comments. I will add it to the end of the blog post.

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  7. What is the wall color? I love it!

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    1. Thank you! The color is 556-5 Aqua Smoke from Pitttsburg Paints. I had Sherwin Williams color match it.

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  8. Just finished the first step...Mosaic is glued on. I took my mirror off the wall. So much easier. No holding in place.Gorilla glue is strong stuff. Just be sure to wipe off glue when wet if excess gets on mirror that doesn't have tile on it.

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  9. Just finished the first step...Mosaic is glued on. I took my mirror off the wall. So much easier. No holding in place.Gorilla glue is strong stuff. Just be sure to wipe off glue when wet if excess gets on mirror that doesn't have tile on it.

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  10. I absolutely love your work! God's willing when I get my house I am going to do this. Thank you

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  11. What color did you paint your walls?

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  12. What color did you paint your walls?

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  13. How about using peel and stick gel tiles. Super easy.

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  14. Hi, what colour of grout did you use? I just bought the same tile.
    Thank you

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    1. I'm sorry it's been awhile. The brand was Mapei but I don't remember the color.

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  15. I just finished this project and would make a few changes. Before you put the tile on the mirror, trim the mesh back from the edges. I had to razor off those that were visible. Also, I used the same brown and metal sheet of tiles. The copper ones have open sides. Before gluing the strip of tiles, rotate these tiles if they are on the outer edge so the solid side faces out.

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  16. I have 4 fairly lg clips on my mirror and the tile would protrude a lot if I tried to cover them. At least that's how I picture it. Does anyone have a suggestion so that I don't have to try to chop into the back of the tile?Any help, much appreciated. Your's looks gorgeous btw. :)

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  17. What was the name of your tile? The color?

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