• Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    A Fun Framed Bathroom Mirror

    A few months ago, Lou-Lou decided to pretend she was a monkey and swing on the towel hooks in the bathroom. Genius. Sheer genius. Of course, gravity kicked in and she ripped the hook right out of the wall! I grumbled, swore a little, and then got out the spackle and patched it back up. Then I went to grab the paint. I finally got down to the bottom of the paint can pile, and that’s when I found a lovely little surprise! The family who used to live here had foster kids. I’m thinking somewhere along the lines, one of those sweet little guys found a screw driver and decided to see what it would do to a paint can. When I opened it up, the paint was as hard as a rock. Awesome.
    I really didn’t LOVE the greyish blue paint in the first place, so I didn’t want to go spend precious $ on more, so I found the creamy yellow shade that is in the adjacent hallway and went to work.

    Painting started a DIY snowball of sorts. Because, let’s be honest, I can’t leave well enough alone! Painting led to finaaaaaaaaaaaaaally finishing the Dick & Jane shower curtain. The shower is built into a sloped roof ceiling, which has caused some major comfort issues.

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    My son wasn’t enjoying the drafty bathing, go figure, so I had to get creative with sewing hook & eye’s and installing eye screws. Someday I’m ripping that tiny tub out and installing a beautiful glass doored shower, but for now Dick and Jane attached with a few hook and eyes will have to do.

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}
    {Isn’t she cute!! Reminds me of my baby girl!}

    The cute curtain led to new towels…
    hung in STUDS and DRYWALL ANCHORS!

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    The new towels led me to the mirror.

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    Ah, the ugly mirror.

    Wow…this pic makes it look 30 feet long, it’s really not.
    I’ve been seeing lots of pins on Pinterest for framing builder grade bathroom mirrors.

    I especially loved THIS one from The Idea Room. I love her blog, so fun.

    I had just finished my mudroom project so I had some leftover molding in the basement. It was almost the size I wanted, so I grabbed it, some skinny pieces of trim that we tore out of our daughter"’s room when we moved in, and some Liquid Nails, then set to work. I’m not going to give a whole picture tutorial, because I think Amy did a great job, so, again, refer to her site!
    This was actually a pretty easy project, or, should have been! Our mirror has angles {remember me talking about the pitched roof/shower problem?} and I started sleeping through math in the 4th grade, so finding angles proved to be quite the challenge for this mama! Thank goodness for protractors! Ha! Never thought I’d ever say that! I recruited Manly, who actually listened in math class, and he helped me find the angles and get those crazy angles cut. So, logically the next step would have been getting it all painted and hung. Yep, we thought so too, until Little Man decided he wanted some ice cream out in the deep freeze and knocked all the trim off behind the freezer. GAH!!! Two boards got ruined and I was off to the store yet again! {Oh, I didn’t mention that I was short on trim, so I went and bought more, cut it, then went to hang it and realized it was slightly off? I GOT THE WRONG TRIM!! Joy.} After I finally got it cut again, I hurried and painted it and got it hung before anything else bad could happen!

    PHEW!

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    What do you think?
    {And, I apologize profusely for the bad lighting and HORRIBLE camera! Seriously!}

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    See the stellar angled ceiling! I totally complain, but I actually love it. It makes our home feel old and full of character.

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    I decided to distress the frame because I wanted the mirror to feel old. I’ve always dreamed of living in an old farmhouse, so this is my farmhouse-ish bathroom. It makes me happy. The nice thing about making your own frame is, later on when my kids get older, I can repaint it to whatever their {or my} taste turns out to be!

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}

    Let there be light! Ahhhhh! Taking photos of mirrors is a real pain in the fanny, by the way.

    Upgrading a Boring Builder Bathroom Mirror {Gypsy Magpie}
    And, I can’t forget the cute little book my Grandma Pyne gave me.
    That’s kind of the thing that inspired it all!
    To finish, I just need to make a little window valance, and spend a month trying to organize my 3 girls hair stuff. I am TOTALLY looking forward to that. *insert sarcasm here* If you have any great organizing tips for bathroom drawers and cabinets, please share! I could use all the help I can get!
    Welp, that’s it.
    This really is a pretty simple project that gives BIG impact to a plain old bathroom.
    Post in a nutshell? Buy the right trim, measure twice, and hang it as fast as you possibly can before your munchkins destroy it!
    Got it?
    Good.

    *Have you ever had a project that snowballed?

    Tell me about it in the comments!*

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  • Krista Neil
    9 March 2012
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    Cute, I’d never even attempt this, but my bathrooms could use a little of that. Oh, and those cheapo tiny plasic drawers and baskets did wonders to my bathroom. Elastics for my girls-the MTWTHFSS pill container things (then you can have all the colors separated), that’s all the ideas I have, and you probably already knew about those :)

  • Alissa Lindsey
    3 September 2013
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    Where did you find the cute towel holders on the wall? I love those!

    • Missy
      4 September 2013
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      Hi Alissa, I am not sure where those hooks came from. They were in the bathroom when we bought the house. Our house is about 10 years old, so I don’t know if that style is still on the market. Good luck in your search and thanks for stopping by!

  • Mason Jar Soap Dispenser - Gypsy MagpieGypsy Magpie
    5 January 2015
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    […] Since this little guy was going in my kid’s Dick & Jane style bathroom, I wanted it to look vintage and collected. I used an old canning ring that had a great patina and it looks fantastic next to the framed builder mirror. […]