This March, we will have lived in this house for 25 years. Twenty. Five. Years. Long enough that things we have redone before are needing to be redone again. And this ugly builder's mirror has been on the list for almost the entire time we have lived here. I have wanted to rip this thing out since I was a newlywed. Here's the photo that I showed last week -- unattractive frameless mirror with the unattractive plastic clips that supposedly hold it to the wall, even though it's glued within an inch of its life.
But here's the kicker -- it's a skinny mirror. No kidding. I know y'all know what I mean! Now whether that's a good thing, or bad, I'm not sure, but I'm not parting with the daily delusion that I actually look thinner, and not fatter, than I really am.
About two years ago I bookmarked this great post over at Southern Hospitality. Rhoda's mirror transformation really caught my eye, and I knew this was the perfect answer for our ugly mirror. And today, finally, I finished mine! Ta-da . . .
Bear with me on these photos! I now remember why I haven't shown this room before. Even my smart new camera can't figure out how to get a great photo with the funky lighting in this little room, and I haven't learned enough to help it yet. As peachy as these walls look, they're actually the same buttery yellow as our living room and kitchen.
This was one of the easiest projects I have ever done. I was thrilled to find the same pretty medallions that Rhoda had used. Bought those, had the boys at Home Depot cut 4 pieces of trim to fit between, and painted them with my black Olympic semi-gloss.
Glued those babies right on with hot glue! I figured it would be a little easier to take off, in the event that I ever change my mind. And when I realized that the first medallion had gone on a little crooked, it was easy to remove -- I just slid a steak knife in behind and popped it off (my scraper was a little too thick to fit in). A little bit of hot glue oozed out on the edges, but it's not really noticeable unless you're looking, or taking close-up shots for your blog. It's not a show-stopper for me. And just like Rhoda said -- start at the bottom! I thought I had measured perfectly, but was off by 1/4 inch from top to bottom. It saved me to have a little wiggle room at the top!
It's like we have a pretty new spa bathroom now! I love how the black trim enriches the other black elements in the room. I painted our ugly cabinet black a couple of years ago, and it's helping me live with this undesirable piece a little longer. By the way, the medallions were from Lowe's, for only $3 each, and the trim is just base molding from Home Depot, for 89 cents per foot. This project came in at under $21.
This chandelier was recently painted, also. Another Canton find, it was a dirty gold in its former life.
This cute rack was a junking find. I had these vintage silver trays hanging around too, so I displayed them here for a little added sparkle.
Thank you for coming by to see our new bathroom look! All in all, I'm so happy with the elegant update that the mirror trim has brought to this room, and I hope it inspires you to update yours, as well!
I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Newbie Party at DebbieDoos
Tabletop Tuesday at Marty's A Stroll Thru Life
Kim's Boring To Better at Savvy Southern Style
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Update: I'm also linking to Kim's Wow Us Wednesday, Favorites from 2011 Party
Love to you all,