Thursday, December 8, 2011

Updating a Boring Bathroom Mirror

When it comes to bathroom mirrors, none is worse than an old, cheap rusty medicine cabinet mirror.  And that is precisely what we have had in our little half bathroom.  I really wanted to update this mirror but didn't want to shell out the money for an upgrade - so I started thinking.  What in the world could I do to change the look of this mirror and update it a bit without spending a lot of money.

This was before we did anything to the bathroom-

Washers - this was my idea.  I'm not sure why this came to mind and I wasn't sure if it would even work but I went with it.  

I decided to take normal cheap washers - the kind you get at any hardware store and "glue" them to the mirror frame using liquid nails bonding adhesive - another common cheap product found at any local hardware store.  So here was my method -

Using my caulking gun I applied a small amount of liquid nails to the back of a washer and then smoothed it around with a cotton swab to cover the part of the washer that would stick to the mirror edge.  Don't let me fool you, this was a messy job and took a lot of cotton swabs and paper towels.  -Messy but effective.

Then I just went to town gluing my washers down.

I had to check about every 5 or 6 washers to make sure they were laying straight and level - checking at every angle.  This actually went pretty easily and quickly.  I was done in less than an hour with this part.  

After I had finished gluing all of my washers down I decided I wanted to paint it white.  I let the mirror dry for 2 days before I even touched it - I did check every now and again during the first few hours to make sure none of my washers had moved or were uneven looking.  After a good two days of drying it was ready to be primed and painted.

I just used spray primer - 2 coats and then 2 coats of white spray paint.

A quick re-install and I was done.  I have to say I love it.  The liquid nails dried really well and it's totally easy to open and close for cabinet storage just like before.  This mirror is now a focal point in the bathroom instead of an eye sore.  

For less than $20 I have a new cute mirror that still has all of the function we had before - score.  

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