Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free Hanging

            Gone are the days of a solid sheet of mirror stretching wall to wall in a bathroom. If you have that in your bathroom, chances are it may be chipped or the finish is wearing around the edges. It is probably adhered with construction adhesive or screwed to the wall. Either way, if you are looking for a simple, relatively inexpensive way to update your bathroom, the mirror is the way to go.


            Frame your mirror in the same style and material as your vanity, a sleek stainless steel frame or an ornate gilt gold or silver frame. Try a single frame for each sink instead of one large frame stretched over the entire space. Go tall. Utilize the tall ceilings, if you have them. Consider removing the overhead vanity lights and go with sconces between the mirrors. Make sure you have enough overhead lighting if you decide to do this. There is nothing worse than a poorly lit bathroom. Don’t sit the mirrors directly on the backsplash, rather, hold them up about 2” to give a more custom look.


            If you are brave enough to try to remove the old sheet mirrors yourself, try using dental floss to thread behind the mirror to ease it away from the sheetrock and adhesive. If you are lucky enough to be able to remove the mirror without breaking it, you can repurpose it by having it cut down to fit a frame.


            Framed mirrors can be found in many places. Hobby Lobby, Pier 1, TJ Maxx, Target, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and West Elm have some of my favorites. Framed mirrors can add that little extra pizazz to what can sometimes be a dull space.

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