Pinterest Challenge: Adding Frames to Bathroom Mirrors

We’re so glad to be taking part in yet another Pinterest Challenge along with Sherry, Katie, Erin and Cassie! I’ve participated in the past with a couple of fun projects…

Past Challenge: Faux Leather Drum Shade Chandelier

Past Challenge: Chevron Nailhead Trim Inspiration Board

…and knew I could use the kick in the pants to make some of my pins into reality.

This time I tackled a project for our three bathrooms: framed mirrors! I just couldn’t deal with the ugly three plate glass wall mirrors. Here’s what they looked like on our staged house tour before we moved in. Shortly after this, I painted the cabinets a dark brown which I also used as the color for the frames (Behr Bitter Chocolate).

Here was my inspiration:

On the left, it’s the tutorial from HGTV and on the right is another tutorial from the Home Goods blog. (Note, Home Goods didn’t let me link directly to the post, but you can search 70s Bath Gets Budget Reno.) The HGTV tutorial is very thorough, so if you’re wanting to do the project, I suggest you go over that as well.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Moulding
  • Decorative square moulding (optional)
  • Caulking gun
  • Mirror Mastic caulk (must use this type to adhere mirror to wall, not just any caulk adhesive)
  • Liquid Nails
  • Painter’s tape
  • Semi-gloss paint (We hardly used 1/3 of a quart for three bathrooms)
  • Angled paint brush
  • Putty (optional)

Here’s how we did it:

  • We first measured our mirrors to figure out how much moulding we need. Since we don’t have a mitre saw (and didn’t feel like borrowing one) we decided to do straight cuts and add decorative square moulding to the corners. We made the cuts ourselves at a hand saw station in Home Depot since they don’t cut moulding for you. While at HD, we shopped for the rest of the supplies, which were easy to find.
  • Then I applied two coats of paint to the pre-primed moulding. Make sure to paint the back side of the inner rim of the moulding as it will be reflected in the mirror.
  • Our mirrors were held in by clips, so carefully remove the clips and the mirror and set aside. Wipe down the walls and make sure the surface is primed/painted to be able to hold the glue.
  • In a well ventilated area, apply the Mirror Mastic caulk. It’s very important to use this product instead of just any caulk adhesive as others will show spots through the mirror. The instructions said to apply it in vertical lines every six inches. (Be sure to pierce the caulk opening with a wide hole so that it will be easier to squeeze out. While I would love to say that I could have done this by myself, it was tough for both of us to squeeze that stuff out.) Apply to the wall, hold into place for a little bit and apply tape to help keep it secure. To be safe, we let it dry overnight, but you could probably wait a couple hours and be safe.

    To the left, applying Liquid Nails to the center of the moulding. To the right, taping them in place as they dry.

  • Start by placing the moulding pieces in place without glue to make sure everything is fitting well. Then apply Liquid Nails to the back of the moulding. Be careful not to get too much product near the edges as it will squirt out and can show in the reflection. Quickly tape the moulding in place with painter’s tape to help keep from slipping. This is especially important for the top piece! Allow to dry undisturbed for 24 hours.
  • Remove tape, apply any touch up paint necessary and enjoy!

Two things to note:

  • For those with wonky walls: One of our walls was weirdly bowed, as in it was 1/4 inch difference between one side of the wall and the other. We don’t recommend trying to glue a flat mirror on a surface like that. We ended up sanding down a significant portion of the wall behind the mirror, which took five hours to do and countless hours to clean up the white dust that resulted.
  • I didn’t do any caulking between pieces of moulding. I didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary or that it would make a big difference since our cuts were pretty accurate. They would have been better had we used a mitre saw, but we got good results with a hand saw.

We’re pleased with the results and feel like it was a fairly painless way to update a space. Total cost? About $66.50 or $22 per bathroom. The makeover really makes the rooms feel finished. It would have been cheaper if we already had the paint ($11 for a quart) and we didn’t own a caulking gun yet.

What rooms are getting a makeover in your home?

Bathroom Tile Progress

Hello! Matthew has been working really hard on the guest bathroom tile and I just wanted to share our progress. Actually, we have both been working on it, but Matthew has been doing the bulk of the work!

Tiling together (in January)

We (okay, mostly Matthew) have made so much progress, but we are now at a bit of a standstill until he is done with school. We might have a Saturday or two to work on it, before May, but I highly doubt it! Anywho, here it is today…

As you can see, the bathroom has been changed from a work zone back into my quiet place (the “tiling table” has been pushed into the guest room until we need it again). That little bath tray was an anniversary gift for me from Matthew a couple years ago — it was super sweet because it showed that he knows how much I love baths! I have so enjoyed taking baths again. Let’s all say ahhh… Do you have any works in progress right now?

Megan’s Home Improvement List

Matt and I took a page from John and Sherry’s book and created a home project list. We had a six hour drive to my parents’ house and compiled this. Basically we just visualized each room and then went from ceiling to floor and wrote down everything that we wanted to improve or purchase. It’s a long list, but it gives me hope that someday we can get everything done. There are also small things that either one of us can knock out in a day, as well as larger projects that would take a weekend (or weeks). I have shown just a couple of rooms here, but you can check the rest of the list here.

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Master Bedroom

  • Caulk and Paint (casing, shelves, base)
  • Trim around Closet
  • Bathroom Door Trim
  • Closet Curtain
  • Window Curtains & Valence
  • New Comforter
  • Replace Ceiling Fan
  • Wall Stickers
  • New Door
  • Matching Dresser Set
  • Transition Strips
  • Repair Termite Damage

Guest Bathroom

  • New Door
  • Solar Tube
  • Tile Shower
  • Grout Shower
  • Transition Strip
  • Base Trim
  • Drywall Mud
  • Sink / Faucet / Stand / Cabinet
  • Linen Storage
  • Re-Texture & Paint
  • Tile Front of Tub
  • Repair Tub Surface Scratches
  • Finish Hardibacker
  • Red Guard Hardibacker
  • Move Toilet
  • New Art

Misc. and Whole House

  • Double Pane Windows (bedrooms, living room, entryway)
  • Ceiling Texture & Paint
  • Wall Texture (hall, entryway, guest room, living room)
  • New Wood Floor
  • Electrical Panel (replace original, sub panel garage, Christmas plugs, living room sconces, garage plugs, outdoor landscape, backyard, attic light)
  • Teapot (for Matthew)
  • New Pictures in Frames
  • Organize Spices (50 jars, label jars)
  • Etch Pyrex
  • Fewer Magnets on Fridge
  • New covers for cushions for Kitchen Chairs
  • Large Wedding Photo
  • Frame with Three Wedding Pics
  • New Pillows on Couch (new covers?)
  • Chore list in Vinyl on White Board turned it into a giant calendar instead which included chores
  • Organize DVDs / Front Shelves
  • Plants in Kitchen Pots
  • Vinyl Labels on Kitchen Pots
  • Print Large Photos for Gallery

There you have it, a few rooms from our giant home list. It should be intimidating to me, but it is not. We actually have a reference point now, and will have some major satisfaction when we cross things off. As you can see, we have already completed a few items since Christmas. Yay! I am hoping to share the projects with you all as well. There is actually one coming up later this week. Also, that list pad is from etsy and you can order it here.

Painting Metallic Striped Walls

It’s funny that I posed this question on Friday: How as a couple do you make decor decisions? With a free Saturday and an urge to do some painting, I asked Matt about his thoughts about finally painting something on our master bedroom walls. Originally, I had wanted to do some sort of stencil. Remember these?

(Via KFD Designs)

(Via Jones Design Company)

We just couldn’t find something we loved and I was concerned that it would look funny with our textured walls. Then I thought about stripes…

(Decor Pad via Pinterest)

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(Young House Love)

But I wanted to put my own touch on it, so you know I blinged it out a bit. :)

We mostly followed Young House Love’s painted wall stripe tutorial, with the exception that we had an odd number of stripes, and did Living with Lindsay’s tip to painting perfect stripes on textured walls. We did the odd number of stripes so that we could avoid having to paint against the ceiling (nasty popcorn stuff) and the baseboards. It was easier that way.

Step 1: Tape and paint the original color of the wall over the to-be-painted edge of the tape. This is part of Lindsay’s tip that I mentioned above.

Step 2: For the metallic paint we used (Valspar from Lowe’s) you paint one base color and two coats of metallic paint. Ours was called Shimmering Bronze. While the paint was good quality, I almost had a heart attack when we brought the two gallons (same price as two quarts, which was all we needed) to self check-out. The cost was $83 for both, $50 for the metallic alone! Not one to make a stink, I couldn’t help but refuse to pay. Since it would just go on clearance, the clerk said she could sell it to us at clearance price: $27 for both. Sweet! But yeah, this stuff is PRICEY!

Step 3: Remove tape while the last coat is drying and wait a few hours before moving your furniture back into place.

To see the final product, click on over the jump…

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