Mirror mirror on the wall

Why are you the ugliest of all?

The vanity mirrors in the two bathrooms of our 6-year-old home irritate me. Practically speaking they serve their purpose, but aesthetically? Not so much.

That’s because these mirrors are the large, frameless cheap kind that builders hang when they are unimaginative, budget-minded or both. The one in the girls’ bathroom measures approximately 4’x 3’ tall. The one in the master bath is even larger, about 6’x3’. Tacky metal mirror clips hold them in place.

Since fixing this problem has become my latest obsession, I’ve been on the Internets trying to find easy and inexpensive solutions. I don’t want to invest a lot of money in the project because we’re trying to sell the house, but in the meantime I have to live there and look at these monstrosities. (Or, rather, look at myself through one of these monstrosities.) Of course, I could remove them altogether and hang smaller framed mirrors, but I haven’t found any I really like. Proportionally speaking, if I were to buy new, it’d need to be fairly large to look decent.

So imagine my delight when I came across this .

The author is a woman named Sausha, a creative gal who owns a furniture refinishing business in Utah called Sweet Pickins. While she is far more handy and creative than I, she came up with a simple solution to making over ugly vanity mirrors that even the DIY-challenged like can pull off. She used inexpensive baseboard and chair rail molding to frame out the mirrors, glued it on and did her cool distressed painting application.

Framed bathroom mirror

I am seriously considering doing this in both bathrooms and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Anyone else have such a design/décor dilemma? Let me know what you did to fix it. And if you have any other suggestions, I’m all ears.

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