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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Our new house has standard, boring mirrors in all the bathrooms. It's one of the things I noticed right away, but I wasn't sure what to do about it. UNTIL...I ran into this post on Hooked on Houses. Wow....Did you click over and check it out? You'll love her site; it's one of my favorites to read. She mentioned Mirror Mates, which has a really cool business. They make custom frames to stick up on your mirrors. I loved the idea, but the frames start at $100. And go up...way up. I decided to make my own!

I own a miter saw. Sometimes a girl needs power tools. And it was definitely needed for this project. My step-dad gave me a quick review on how to turn it on and several reminders of where to place my hands so as not to lose any fingers. Then it was off to Lowe's! I got 2 sections of crown molding and some mirror glue for my caulk gun. $15.

Then I CAREFULLY measured, looked and re-measured my pieces. After all that, I still messed up one cut and made another trip to the store for a third length. The lengths that I bought were already white, but had some red scratches on them. I touched them up real quick with some white paint.

Then the scary gluing part started. I got the first side of the frame up really easily, but the second one fell off and glue got all over the mirror. That's when I started praying that Brian would NOT come in to check on what I was doing. The Cubs were on TV, so I was safe. He doesn't care what I do unless it causes a minor disaster that might require his assistance. Fortunately for me, that mirror glue came right off and didn't leave a mark! (And a side note, the Cubs won and are in first place right now)

I admit that the picture makes it look like a perfectly executed project. I assure you-it's not. But it makes me very happy. One mirror down, two bigger ones to go!

Total price: $20
Total time: one week (and a zillion interruptions). I think a normal person could do it in an hour.



Hooked on Houses said...

Bravo! I'm so impressed. What a difference that frame makes! You've inspired me now--inspired me to convince my husband to try this in our bathroom. Much cheaper than ordering the frame elsewhere, or removing ours and replacing it with a new one, that's for sure.

Great job!! -Julia

Anonymous said...

WOW that looks great what a change!!

E and T said...

It's amazing how a frame can make such a wonderful difference. Good on you for tackling this project, It looks fantastic.


ookamama said...

Looks so good Amy ! I can't believe you know how to use a saw and all that... nice job !

mom said...

Great Job, honey on the framework. They look wonderful
And Yeah for the cubs

Anonymous said...

I have wanted to do this to the big mirror above my fireplace since we moved in! I am not sure I can pull it off by myself though. I think I will have to get Brad's help with the sawing part. Your mirror looks so good. I am have to get my but moving! ~Colleen

Kristin said...

If I invite you down to our house, will you do mine? Seriously, that looks great!


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