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
-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!