Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bathroom Reveal (with Framed Mirror)

I am finally ready to reveal our hall bathroom redo! The updates have taken over 6 months since life and work always get in the way, but it is finally done! Well, at least I think so, .... :) One more change may come in the next few months.

Here is the final result!

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Hall bathroom reveal

Part 1: Paint

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The bad blogger in me didn't get a before picture.  You aren't missing much though. The original bath was a blah builder paint. Then, about 6 months ago, I painted the walls.

The walls are rag rolled with three colors.  Since there is no window in the room, I wanted to add a WOW of color and chose yellow and golds.  It was a bit of challenge to get up to the 9 foot ceiling in such a small working space, but I think the result was worth it.

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Before framed mirror. From the the bathtub angle.

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Before framed mirror. While standing at the door.

Part 2: Framed Mirror

I completed part 2 over the past weekend. I have been a huge fan of framed mirrors for...well, forever!  I have found it rather intimidating though, but I finally took the plunge.

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I chose a chunky 4" window trim, measured (a few times), and mitered the corners. (I have a thing goin' on with my miter saw!)

everyday a la mode  everydayalamode.comHere is a side profile shot. I found it at Home Depot. I love the detail!

I taped the cut pieces to the mirror to check the fit.  It looked great!

I followed up with a base coat of Behr Off White, then I used Liquid Nails to attach the pieces to the wall. There was no turning back at that point! ...At least not without a  lot of work.

I taped the frame to the wall to hold it up while the Liquid Nails dried, but I found that the Liquid Nails dried quickly.

I was planning to wrap the frame in quarter round, but after looking at the initial frame, I didn't think it needed it.  From the side view of the mirror (not photographed), you can not see the actual mirror. It looks like a normal gap behind a hanging mirror.  I think the quarter round on a mirror this size would have been too chunky and the molding already had awesome detail. So, the quarter round will wait for a future project.  :)

I used putty to fill in the gaps. I like the pink putty, so you can see when it dries.

It looked great, but.... I felt it was still missing something.

I was Googling and found The House of Smiths framed mirror post. She used Distress Ink to add a flare. Interesting! I had to try it.

I choose Distress Ink in Vintage Photo color. 

I found it in the scrapbooking section of my local craft store.

I initially used the Distress Ink directly on the paint. I found a couple of problems with that. One was that it didn't look really vintage to me. It looked, well...fake. And second, it wouldn't dry. So, I smudged it with my finger.

Later that day, I emailed The House of Smiths. I thought I might have done something incorrectly, but she said she ended up doing the same thing. That made me feel like I didn't cheat. :)

After smugging Distress Ink

It looked much better after smudging, but I felt the color was still off. It was too flat. I wanted more variety, more age.  So, I whipped out the acrylics. Using dark brown and reds, I was able to add a more realistic tone to the mirror.

In some places, I sanded down the paint. The sanding allowed the acrylics to be absorbed differently.

The result was a more "aged" wood!

More details from the bathroom reveal

Sticker hook used to hang rack in shower

We used to have a rack hanging from the shower head. It looked and felt cluttered. So, I hung a "sticker" hanger from the opposite side of the bathtub.   Hanging the rack from the opposite side really opens the tub area for the bather.

I prefer the metal hangers. I have found that they are more difficult to find, but they feel better and are stronger than the plastic type.

New shower curtain and towels

With the light on

And...with the light off

Oops...I should have "staged" the trash can out of the last picture!


Shower curtain and matching towels  ~ Target
Tissue box cover ~ Target
Mirror paint base coat ~ Behr Off White 
Photos ~ My own :)
Wall paint .....I'm traveling as I write this, so I need to look this up when I'm home. Let me know if you are interested and I will update this post with those details. 

I may add crown molding to the ceiling in the future, but other than that, I think I'm finally done!
It is a huge transformation and has that WOW that I was looking for!

Let me know what you think!

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  1. Another greta makeover! I want to frame in a few of our mirrors. Thanx again fro sharing at THT!

    1. Thank you, Pamela! Surprisingly, it makes the room look bigger! I didn't expect that!

  2. I love your new framed mirror! Great job Robyn -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea (following on Google+)

    1. Thank you, Angela! I wished I had framed the mirror years ago! What a transformation!

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