How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror with Ceramic Tile

What You'll Need
Ceramic tile
Tile adhesive
Grout float
Plastic sheet
Painters tape
Metal putty knife

Ceramic tile is used to protect the wall underneath it in the shower or tub from getting wet but it can be used for much more. A bathroom mirror, for example, can be transformed into something much more beautiful just by adding a ceramic tile frame. You can create many different patterns and looks using ceramic tile. You can create anything from a very bright ceramic tile frame to a country-inspired one. You are limitless in what can be done. This project is not difficult to do and the article that follows will show you how to get it done.

Step 1 – Prep the Area

This can become a messy job so you need to make sure the area is ready for the project. Hold the plastic sheet up to the bathroom mirror and trim it to fit the bathroom mirror. Once the plastic is trimmed; tape it to the face of the mirror with painters tape. The plastic will protect the mirror from being covered with adhesive or grout. The painters tape is a must because it will not pull paint off of the wall. Cover the sink, floor and partial wall with plastic by taping it down.

Step 2 – Prepare the Ceramic Tile

Choose a ceramic tile that fits the width of the frame you want to have around the bathroom mirror. The tile can be found in large squares or small ones and some can be painted with designs or stenciled. The choice is completely yours. Dry fit the ceramic tile around the bathroom mirror to determine how many you will need for the project. If you purchased tile that has a metal mesh on the back you will need to trim the tile to the size you need as there are typically several tiles combined.

Step 3 – Adhere the Tile

Determine if you want a space between the ceramic tiles or if you want them to be tight together. Apply the tile adhesive to the back of the tile and spread it around so that it covers the entire back in a thin layer. Use the putty knife to do this and try to create a serpentine pattern in the adhesive by running the blade in an “S” pattern. Press the ceramic tile to the wall so that it is flush to the side of the mirror. Apply pressure for several seconds so the ceramic tile grips to the wall. If you are using a spacer, place it now and then add another tile. Continue in this fashion until the perimeter of the bathroom mirror is surrounded. Wait for the adhesive to dry and then remove the spacers.

Step 4 – Grout

Place plastic sheeting around the ceramic tile frame to protect the wall. Mix the grout as directed by the container and then apply it over the ceramic tile. Once the grout dries, wipe the ceramic tile frame off using warm water and a sponge. You can then remove the plastic.