Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guest Bathroom Facelift: Part 3

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

I'm happy to say, my guest bathroom mirror, that's who!!

GB Facelift: Part 1
GB Facelift: Part 2

Like many newer houses, ours has the builder-grade mirrors in the bathrooms, with their flat, lifeless edges making no real impact or statement in the room, other than their sheer size and reflection of every single thing in there. That just wasn't going to cut it with me. I had long ago decided that I would buy a large, framed mirror to replace the old one.

The problem was, this mirror spanned from wall to wall across the counter, which is just under 5 feet long. A mirror that size was going to be pricey, and we all know I like to cut corners, save money and DO IT MYSELF. After coming across this bathroom mirror DIY frame, I knew I could make it happen, for a fraction of the price. Insert problem #2: we don't have a saw, and the lovely fellows at Home Depot will only do so many complimentary cuts for you. So instead of having the normal, angled corners (can't think of the correct term), we stuck with straight edges to our 1x4's and came up with a plan.

Here's how it all went down:
1. I measured.
2. I drew out a little diagram to get an idea of scale and how it would all look.
3. Measured again.
4. Determined what length we needed our 1x4's.
5. Jaunt over to Home Depot during the lunch hour to purchase the wood and some Liquid Nails. (That stuff is hard core).
6. Stain the wood. This took numerous coats. I decided (foolishly), to start staining a day before the huge snow storm hit us around Christmas. So the first few coats really didn't have a chance to dry since the temperature in the garage didn't venture above about 10 degrees. I ended up bringing them into the guest room to finish staining and give them a coat of poly.
7. Install!

I started by placing the pieces against the mirror and taping them in place with painters tape to make sure everything fit correctly and evenly. Then we broke out the Liquid Nails and got to work!

You can kind of see our "design" for the corners below. I keep trying to type out a description and then delete it, because it doesn't make sense. So if you don't get it, just come over and look for yourself. :)

I wanted the stain to be a deep, dark mahogany, so I did about 5 or 6 coats. I love how the color turned out and the contrast it creates with the countertop and our new paint.

See, this is what I mean about reflecting everything in the room. I tried and tried to get a shot of the whole frame, without including my sweats-wearing self in the photo. Not going to happen.

Doesn't it instantly change the room? If I were only going to do one update to the bathroom, this would be it. It just gives it a custom look. I love it!


On a totally unrelated note, one day after submitting myself to Jillian Michael's Shred mercy, I am feeling the burn. It would be untruthful to say I even experienced the full force of her fury, since at least a third of the time, I was blatantly ignoring her commands and doing whatever exercises/movements I wanted. If you do the math on that, it's really laughable, since the video is only 20 minutes long. But we jogged beforehand and then jumped right into level 2, so that has to count for something! My two friends who did the video with me were much more obedient and didn't deviate from her instructions and I'm sure will have thinner thighs than I because of it.


Have you tried the 30 Day Shred?? Did you actually make it 30 days? We just started getting together every Saturday morning to submit ourselves to torture in the eternal search of a toned physique, so we should be done by around September. Check back with me then and I'll give a full, detailed report.


  1. WOW...what a difference....will you do mine next???

  2. Beautiful!!! I know you are doing the happy dance about now...what a difference that made!!

  3. It really made a huge difference. I love it now.

  4. You frame took this mirror to a very upscale and custom level! What a difference. Your tutorial was also concise and easy to understand. You artwork in your bathroom is fun! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Great job! A beautiful frame really does make a difference!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! I love the mirror re-do! Gorgeous. And your artwork from the previous post. I've never thought of painting over generic discount store art. Duh! I'm gonna have to try that.

  7. The frame transforms the look! Very nice way to update the space!

  8. That looks AMAZING!!!! I have the same type of mirrors so maybe I'll give this a try! :)

  9. Love the frame on the mirror. I have three mirrors that need updating and I havent tackled it myself because I am afraid of having to do the corners, looking at the way you did yours I am confident that I could pull this off. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thank you for sharing this along with pictures. We just finished remodleing our bathroom and I have the exact same problem. The mirror is way to expensive to replace but I had no clue how to frame it. Did you have to move your light fixture? I love this!

  11. I'm so very inspired to do something about my terribly boring mirror now. I never thought about framing it! Geesh! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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