After admiring so many mirror transformations in blogland, I finally found one that inspired me into action. Janell, of Isabella & Max Rooms, recently did an amazing mirror makeover, and since it didn’t involve mitre-ing (is that a word?) corners, I decided, this is the tutorial for ME!
I hit Lowe’s for my supplies, and fortunately, didn’t need to buy too much. Some primed MDF for the frame, paint and wood glue. I decided that I would start small on the project and do the mirror in the kids’ bathroom to get my feet wet. I figured if I could do their bathroom, I would learn from my mistakes and doing our master bath mirror should be a piece of cake, right?
While I didn’t have to mitre any corners, I did venture into the garage and used the circular saw for the first time. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by this particular power tool. It’s loud. It’s powerful. It’s sharp. And it has a lot of safety instructions on it. But, it saved me from having to have Lowe’s do the cuts for me, which was kind of nice. Even though I had to go BACK to Lowe’s to buy more MDF. It will truly be a miracle if I ever complete a project with a single trip to Lowe’s.
Well, on to the fun stuff. I was able to complete this project within a day, although I did buy the supplies the day before. But, it’s definitely a completely doable weekend project. I have the frames for my master bath mirror in the garage now, and the only thing keeping me from putting the mirror up tonight is that I
didn’t pay attention have to go back to Lowe’s and get two more pieces of MDF, since I bought the wrong width for the top piece! Argh!
Here are some before photos of the kids’ bathroom:
Ignore the lonely little hand towel on the towel rack…
And the after:
There’s that lonely little hand towel again. Didn’t notice it when I was taking the pictures, because I was so excited about the mirror!
What a difference! A big shout out to Janell for such a great tutorial – I will be waiting for her next woodworking demonstration, “How to mitre corners”. 🙂
Until then, I will press on with my master bedroom mirror makeover. Of course, I have to go to Lowe’s first.
Janell @ Isabella and MaxAugust 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I am thrilled beyond thrilled to see this, really!!!! I am going to have to do a post about it on my blog. I am inspired that you were inspired by my project and am delighted to see that my mirror frame has a twin! Fabulous job, Janell
Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaAugust 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm
Fabulous!!!! Janell and you are wonderful! Thanks for you visit today!
Erika at BluLabel BungalowAugust 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Great work! Isn't Janell an awesome source of inspiration!!
A Perfect GrayAugust 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm
what a transformation! isn't blog-based inspiration just the best? enjoyed your post very much…
TalysaAugust 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I love it! Do you mind sharing your wall color? It's beautiful.
JennyAugust 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I'm a huge fan of Restoration Hardware's paint colors, and used Sea Green in this bathroom. A shade darker than another one of my favorites – silver sage. Thanks for looking!
SarahAugust 25, 2010 at 2:17 am
What a fantastic job.. Your bathroom looks great with the frame. I am dying to do this is all of my bathrooms. I'll have to save the tutorial on it. thanks.