October 16, 2011

Frame your bathroom mirror. . .




When I think about remodeling a room, usually, my main influence is the bottom line.....how much is it going to cost?  Most often, I am working with a very minimal budget!

When I started remodeling my downstairs half bathroom, I knew that I wanted a change from the red, but I didn't have a lot of money to spend....


I started with a can of blue paint that my friend, Erin, had given me and lightened it by dumping exterior white paint into it.....not the most scientific of lightening techniques, but it worked and was FREE!!


Once I lightened my walls, I darkened my cabinet by painting it black...


I also added beadboard wallpaper to the doors and side of the cabinet to give it a different look....the cost for this??  NOTHING because I had leftover wallpaper!!


But the room was still missing something.....a cool frame for the mirror!  Months ago, I had seen a tutorial by Sasha at {show & tell} and I knew that I wanted to recreate it...cheaply!!

I went to Lowe's and bought two 4 x 4 pieces of MDF. Have you discovered MDF yet?  It's amazing!!  Handles like wood and reasonably priced!!  I think that I spent $9.00 for the two pieces.  You can also buy it in larger sheets, but MDF is heavy and I was shopping by myself.



I also had a $2.00 piece of crown molding that I had purchased at the Habitat Restore....it was a little moldy and gross, but I knew that I was going to paint it!



Because I've been slightly overworking my hubby in the basement, I called in reinforcements.....my dad!  It took him all of about 60 minutes to put this together!  He took measurements of my mirror, cut the MDF to fit and attached the crown with nails and glue....

Then, I painted the frame the same black as the cabinet and distressed it slightly with heavy grit sandpaper...



My hubby was away for the weekend and I was way too impatient to wait for him to hang it, so I went and grabbed some liquid nails off of his work bench.....


I love this stuff.....it's amazing!  But you definitely have to commit that whatever you are gluing is going to be there forever!


Ever the blogger, I grabbed my camera and took a picture while holding the frame filled with liquid nails....good thing I didn't drop it or I'd have a frame permanently attached to my head!!


I wish that I could get a picture of the entire bathroom, but it's very small and I don't have a wide angle lens....you will have to trust me when I say that the frame added the needed focal point.....it looks gorgeous!!

If you add in the $11.00 cost of the mirror, the total cost of my bathroom makeover is still under $30.00!!  

To be exact, the makeover cost $26.50!! 
You can see the breakdown HERE for the other costs!



I just love the difference that it makes....all for very little money!

24 comments:

Anne said...

Totally love it. I was just looking for a way to frame up a mirror I have, so thank you very much!!

Cheers!

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

love this! Do you have a gap between the mirror/frame and the wall? Do you even notice it.
love it, laura

The Farmer's Wife said...

Fabulous!!! I have planned on doing this to my bathroom mirror....now to get it done!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

This has been on my (too long) to-do list for months! But I can't find moulding that I like!

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

It looks gorgeous!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Holy Cow!! See, I think that I COULD even do this -- I have not handled MDF but I remember seeing it used on the decorating shows (when we had cable!). Our bathroom is SO SO SO outdated and we can't afford anything major but this could surely help the big, entire-wall-covering, ugly 70's mirror! Thanks for the details!

KAT said...

looks amazing and so sweet !

- KAT -

Brave Brooke said...

This is awesome! We are literally planning on framing our bathroom mirror next week and we might just use this. Thanks!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

The frame around the mirror looks fantastic and is just what I need to do in our bathrooms (yep all three of them). I love that you did such a great transformation for $26!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

I love your new bathroom!! Great makeover! :)
xoxo,
Vanessa

Its So Very Cheri said...

GREAT mirror--I LOVE it!!! I am featuring you today.

Cheri

Katie said...

THis is amazing. I've been wanting to do this in our Master Bathroom for quite some time now... hopefully I can convince hubby to get on this STAT! lol.

Jamie said...

Looks amazing. I would love for you to stop by and link up your bathroom makeover to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

momaof4 said...

Love your ideas!! My kids bathroom is in bad shape...three boys! I love your ideas to make it look better and for cheap. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!!!

Sausha @ {show and tell} said...

it looks awesome!!!

Melissa said...

We are planning a bathroom remodel soon and were talking about a framed mirror. I really like the look of yours!

Melissa
www.lovebugliving.com

Christy said...

I love your new framed mirror. I've been thinking of doing this to mine for a while now, maybe this will make me do it now. :) Love your blog and browsed around for a while. Your newest follower. Christy

Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style said...

I love the mirror makeover....planning on doing this when we remodel our bathroom...

Jenni said...

Can you explain how you have the mirror attached to the wall? And then do you have the new frame liquid nailed to the mirror? Like our bathroom mirrors have those little clear plastic clips (2 on top 2 on bottom) holding onto the mirrors and I would love to add a frame like this but not sure what to do about the little plastic clips! Any suggestions or advice from your experience would be great! Thanks!

Dori.Loga said...

@jenni I have a mirror like that in my foyer with plastic clips I'm going to frame it with crown molding, and my husband asked me the same thing I said cut a notch in the wood where the clips will be... So my advise is to measure where the plastic clips are and cut little notches in the wood so the frame will lay flush against the mirror. Hope that helps!

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