Mirror, Mirror…

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.


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    Janell @ Isabella and Max
    August 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

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    August 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Fabulous!!!! Janell and you are wonderful! Thanks for you visit today!
    Take care

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    Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
    August 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Great work! Isn't Janell an awesome source of inspiration!!

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    A Perfect Gray
    August 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    what a transformation! isn't blog-based inspiration just the best? enjoyed your post very much…

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    August 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I love it! Do you mind sharing your wall color? It's beautiful.

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    August 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!

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    August 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.

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