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DIY Subway Tile Mirror

diy subway tile mirror

I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that I love subway tile.  I honestly considered just covering every wall in my bathroom with it.  To hell with paint, I’m going full on tile. Needless to say that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t think the idea isn’t crawling around in the back of my mind.

The downside of subway tile is (there’s a downside?!?!), well, you have to tile something to use it. If you live in a rental or aren’t undergoing a renovation, it might not be in the cards for you… until now.

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The best news is that I made this tile border mirror for less than $30. It’s the truth.  Having your very own chunk of subway tile decor isn’t out of reach or out of budget.  What’s more (wait, there’s more?) it took me all of 30 minutes to make. I’ll show you the 4 easy steps if you’d like to have your own gorgeous mirror. 



ONE separate the tile. If you can find loose 2 x 4 tile, then go ahead and get yourself 55 individual tiles as opposed to the sheets. TWO cut off the gluey globs on all sides.

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THREE lay out all of the tile along the border of the mirror, staggering the edges as shown. The tile will hang over the edge of the mirror by about 1/2 inch all around. FOUR one by one, pick up the tile and apply a thin layer of glue, then set it back into place.

Allow the tile to dry for 24 hours before moving.  If you’d like to adhere to the drywall, there is a particular adhesive to do this.  Otherwise, there are tons of mirror hanging hardware options at the hardware store!

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I think this would look fabulous above a vanity in a guest bathroom and hope you have just the perfect spot for it!  Have fun!



P.S.  I am also posting on the Bali Blinds Blog today showing off the newest change in my master bedroom!  Check it out and give me your two cents!



21 Comments on “DIY Subway Tile Mirror”

  1. Mary August 5, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    You never cease to amaze me! What a fabulous idea — I need this ASAP!! I’m seriously saving so many of your posts for “to do when we get home/have a home” — and I can’t wait!!

  2. Amber August 5, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    I love this project! Not too difficult at all, and something I think would make a great accent in my new bedroom! Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin | House of Earnest August 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks for the love! I think it would make a beautiful bedroom addition! If you do it, definitely come pack and show us the photos!!

  3. Jess Zimlich August 5, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    This is amazing! Pinning for sure :)

  4. Rachel August 5, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Love those lanterns! Where are they from?

  5. Stephanie August 5, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Can also use as a frame in the bathroom. A nice water color painting would also work nicely with the tile.

  6. emily August 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    so darling and genius! this could work with so many styles and rooms.

  7. Francesca August 6, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    I love it! Great idea!

    x Francesca of http://www.primpandpaper.com

  8. Leslie August 7, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Love this! It would look great in my guest bath, just as you said! Any idea how to hang it though?

    • Erin | House of Earnest August 8, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Leslie – The mirrors in my bathroom are stuck to the drywall with a special mirror caulk. That is what I’d use to hang this, or mount the entire mirror (with aforementioned bathroom caulk) onto a piece of plywood fitted with hooks.

  9. Carolyn V August 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    This is an amazing idea! I adore subway tile. I also love the candle jars– where did you get those?

    • Erin | House of Earnest August 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Hi Carolyn, The jars are from my shop: Grandiflora! They’re sold out, however, but we’re getting more in soon and if you leave your email address on the page, we’ll email you when they’re back! ;)

  10. home painting denver September 12, 2014 at 5:54 am #

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  11. Amy Ly November 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    hi Erin! I am planning to make this mirror and am wondering what glue you used. Thanks so much!!


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