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Hey Renters! Or homeowners who change their minds a lot (shout out). Or remodelers on a budget. You’ve seen gorgeous photos of beautiful bathroom mirrors with fancy frames, right? And you want one, right? But you can’t afford to take down that builder-grade mirror and replace it with one that costs more than a year’s worth of electric bills? I feel you. My bathroom has a giant, cheap-o, plain jane mirror just stuck on the wall like the builder spent his last dollar of the budget at McDonalds on a big mac.
You’ve probably got one, too, so you know exactly what I mean. Builders, listen up, stop using these things! We all hate them! But I’ve got a way to fix it for just $14 dollars and change. Take that frugal home builder.
This was the boring mirror before I remodeled the bathroom. Now, I like to decorate. And redecorate. A lot. One minute I may love the idea of a large chunky black frame. And a year down the road, I may be into silver or gold or who knows, maybe even fuchsia. So I wanted something versatile enough that I could change it without tearing the whole thing down. And I wanted to keep the project on the cheap side because, well, I like to shop and the mall was having a big sale.
So with an idea in mind and measurements on a sticky note in my pocket, I headed to Lowes to find some boards to build a frame. I designed my bathroom with an Industrial Farmhouse style so I didn’t want to get fancy with the cuts. I didn’t need molding or mitered corners, just clean straight lines. This made it even more easy because the lumber crew at the store cut them exactly to size and I did absolutely nothing except sand and paint. I painted all sides, including the back, because the mirror reflects a little bit of the back side.
I picked up two packs of these heavy duty velcro strips from the Command section. Seriously, I can use Command strips for just about anything. They are so awesome. And easy to remove without any damage. I could be a Command strip spokesperson. I could do commercials and be on their billboards (do they have billboards?) and hand out samples to random strangers on the street. Hey 3M recruiters, I’m your girl.
And now for the super-challenging, extra-difficult, advanced-level part of the project…peel and stick. Yep, that’s it. I used two velcro strips per plank and stuck it to the mirror. Later on, if you need to clean the mirror, just remove the frame pieces, then stick them back on again.
That’s all it takes to get a perfectly framed mirror. So if you’re afraid to commit to a new mirror, this quick fix will hold you over until you can afford that really amazing one you pinned a year ago.
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