• Inexpensive Makeovers for the Bathroom Mirror & Light Fixture

    by  • July 20, 2012 • Crafts & DIY Decor, House Projects & Updates

    Our old old medicine cabinet & mirror was definitely begging for a makeover. It needed a paint job, at least, but I didn’t love the plain rectangular shape, it was disproportionate in the space, & it was placed way too high above the vanity. So I decided that the mirror would be replaced with something taller & more unique.

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    The plan was to spruce up the inside of the existing medicine cabinet –

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    And just replace the mirror with this thrift store find –

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    But it was just a wee bit too wide to swing on the existing hinge. I was worried that might be the case, given it’s round shape, but I thought we had a shot because you can tell from the back of the mirror that it used to be used on a medicine cabinet. Instead of figuring out a way to make it work, we just ripped out the entire medicine cabinet and decided to hang the mirror normally.

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    I couldn’t let all that extra space go to waste, especially in a little house which is so desperate for storage! I decided I would finish the area & we could still use it to keep items that we don’t use very often. I added a shelf using some scrap wood. Some of the plaster was crumbling around the edges, and I was too cheap to buy the supplies to repair it, so I attached some extra paint sticks around the perimeter to act as super thin, makeshift trim. Don’t judge…

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    After some more patching, it was looking much more finished, especially when we painted it white along with the rest of the room.

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    The shelf was also my test piece for the stain & varnish for the reclaimed wood floors. It got put to good use!

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    Onto the mirror. I found this for $3.97 at a thrift store –

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    The frame needed to be spruced up, and the mirror itself was damaged at the bottom, but I liked the oval shape & thought the blemishes were repairable, so it came home with me.

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    I primed & painted the frame with a sample container of mint green (Rain Forest by Olympic) to coordinate with the green glass sink & tie in with the navy & mint color scheme.

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    To cover the damaged area, I bought $2 worth of rope by the foot at Lowe’s & hot glued it around the edges.

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    I made a knot with the rope to place where the two ends meet for a more finished look.

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    Much better, don’t you think?

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    Accessing the hidden storage area is as simple as lifting up the mirror or swinging it to the side. Not a huge deal for items that we rarely use, like first aid supplies & such.

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    Of course, with a sweet new mirror, our existing light fixture was looking a little sad. There’s nothing wrong with the before (minus the dust :) )…it’s perfectly functional, but a little dated & just not my style.

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    We choose not to replace it because we’re trying to cut costs wherever we can to stay close to our $1K budget goal. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give it an inexpensive makeover!
    I wanted to make it look a little more industrial. Once I took off the glass globes, the light socket stuck out ridiculously far, so I attached PVC pieces to disguise it. (It doesn’t touch any electrical part or the light bulbs, it just masks that area.) I wasn’t feeling the decorative swirls, so Phil helped me cut them off with a jigsaw.

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    I spray painted it all metallic silver & replaced the decorative finials with standard bolts for another industrial touch.

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    The jigsaw left a jagged edge where I cut off the swirls. The only thing I could come up with to disguise it was to wrap it in synthetic rope & then spray paint that too.

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    Probably not the best idea to get the job done, but it looked much better after it was painted! The fixture definitely fits better now into our vintage/industrial inspired bathroom.

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    Here’s everything in action –

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    The entire cost for the light fixture, mirror, & hidden storage cabinet came in under $25!

    Paint & supplies for storage cubby $0 (already owned)
    Wood shelf $0 (scrap piece)
    Mirror $4
    Rope $2
    Sample paint can $3
    Chrome spray paint $4
    Synthetic rope (for fixture) $0 (already owned)
    Extra large light bulbs $8
    Bolts & PVC pieces $2
    Total: $23

    Not too shabby. Do you like the new look?

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