Feb 10, 2014

$11 Framed Builder-Grade Bathroom Mirror

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We live in a cookie-cutter home. There I said it.

No, it's not my dream home or neighborhood, but it's a home and a great starter one at that! We pay less owning a home than we payed renting an apartment so I'm not complaining! I'm very thankful, actually.

But one of the down sides of living in this type of home is what I like to call the builder-grade blah syndrome.

You know... the oak cabinets, laminate counter-tops, brass lighting, linoleum flooring, plain mirrors in the bathrooms....I can go on, but I think you get the point: I'm not fond of these features. Not even a little bit.

Sure, one day I would love to find an older home with charm and character in the perfect neighborhood and update it with my family's personality (or build our dream home).

But for now, finding ways to mask and change the builder-grade blah syndrome is how we are turning this house into our home and rocking it with personality!

And we don't spend a fortune making our updates- again, this is NOT my dream home so I'm not pouring in the dough on this one!!

A great example of a quick AND inexpensive update would be this one!

For only $11 we were able to change the look of our guest bathroom mirror!

And...it made a HUGE difference! Check out the before and after:

I think we kicked builder-grade syndrome in the butt with this one, don't you?

And boy, did it feel good!

You can check out this tutorial on framing bathroom mirrors. When we frame our master bathroom's mirror I may do a tutorial of my own but this one snuck by me!

The $11 spent was on the molding trim. We used the same paint we used for this bathroom's cabinets and our master's cabinets! This paint is lasting FOREVER!

Here's my hottie hubby doing his thing.

And my number 1 tip: paint the back of your trim/molding! It reflects off the mirror! I'm glad I followed this tip or it would not have been too pretty.

If your home also suffers from the builder-grade syndrome, how do you cope? What easy updates made a big difference for you?

Here are a couple more updates made to this guest-bathroom:

DIY Floor to Ceiling Shower Curtain                           DIY Towel Hooks


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Vel Criste said...

I really need to do this with my mirror Selene! Thanks for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Vel! I know how you feel..I waited almost 5 years and realized it was so easy and only took a couple hours!

Lena said...

It turned out great! We live in a 30-year old house that was cookie-cutter back than :) Our master-bathroom had blue a toilet with an ocean-style seat cover when we moved in:) There is always room for improvement, no matter how old our houses are:)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lena!! And you're right! The turning a house into a home process is never over, no matter how old or new the house is!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love the framed in mirror! And good tip about painting the back of the trim. We framed in our bathroom mirrors a couple of years ago and could not believe what an impact it made. They really add a lot to the space. Good job!

Unknown said...

Hi Selene! Thank you for sharing the tip about painting the back of the trim. I'm going to frame our 2 bathroom mirrors and would have NEVER thought of that, great suggestion. Thank you! :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lisa! It really is a nice impact for such an easy project!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Meg! Yes! I'm so glad you read the tip!! Let me know when yours are up on your blog! Would love to see them :)

Abby Lawson said...

Ooh we did this in our master and you're so right-- it made a huge difference! Now if I could only find an inexpensive way to totally gut and rebuild our entire builder grade kitchen, I'd be set! ;) Thanks so much for sharing, Selene!

~Abby =)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Oh, Abby..someone who gets me! We ended up painting our oak kitchen cabinets white but we still need to work on the flooring and counter-tops. It's a work in progress, for sure :)

Renae said...

Looks good! We want to do this to our bathroom mirrors as well. Sure makes a difference, doesn't it?


Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Renae!!
You're gonna love it in your bathroom!! It really does make a huge difference!

Anonymous said...

This makes a HUGE difference! Awesome job!

brittany renee said...

My house also suffers from Builders Grade Blah Syndrome. Love the look of the mirror--what a difference!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Brittany!! So you totally feel me!!

Mary Anne-dersen said...

Quick question: Is there a gap between the molding and the wall? If so, does it bug you or you don't really notice it?


Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Mary! I had to go check to answer your question, Ha! There is a small gap but I didn't even notice it until now that you asked.. So I guess it won't bother me if it's that unnoticeable!

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