A Little Wooden Reno-redo

DH tackled an item that’s been on his “honey-do” list for a while, part of our Arts and Crafts bathroom renovation.

We got a new shower door, put up some wainscoting and painted the upper walls gray to sort-of match the formica cabinet and the fixtures. It used to be lavender and blue, with a sailing sort of a theme. We figured since lots of other parts of the house are Craftsman-style, we’d gravitate toward that decor for the guest bathroom as well.

Here’s the ugly mirror with its peeling-from-the-underside edges:

bathroom mirror

ugly-edge mirror

DH had the brilliant idea of assembling a frame to go around the mirror and hide that shabby peeling edge.

framed mirror

the framed mirror

He used a pine-cone tile [one we’d bought a long time ago, thinking to use for something, but nothing came up until now] for a center piece for the upper frame. He added ebony plugs at the corners of the frame pieces.

framed mirror

in this b&w view, can you see the ebony plugs in the upper right corner?

He added a cloud lift to each upper corner:

cloud lift

cloud lift

cloud lift

right corner cloud lift

It wasn’t truly a simple project, because the wood he used was very spring-y so it was hard to glue the frame in place; the middle would bow up while the ends were being pushed down and vice versa. He tried several types of epoxy and Tite-bond II. Clamps wouldn’t fit in this scenario. We spent some quality time together in meaningful conversation while mashing the frame onto the glass with our out-stretched palms until the 5-minute set-up time was accomplished. He had to cut, sand, and varnish the wood, then he added the ebony plugs, and cut, sanded, varnished, and added the cloud lifts, so that was a lot of embellishing to the simple frame. Once completed, though, the frame added a whole new level of style to the room.

bathroom mirror

Unframed mirror before (note the ring-tailed varmint, Grayzie, in the background)

Postscript:

The idea that he had installed some cloud lifts to the frame, with nothing for them to lift, weighed heavily on DH’s conscience. He had to add an additional feature to the frame –two ledges or small shelves or lengths of frame just above the cloud lifts so  the lifts didn’t look just stuck on, they would be performing their function of lifting. I think it looks even better. And he feels better about the whole project.

framed mirror

completed mirror frame

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 00:07:49

    Wow Hon! A thing of beauty! I have been wanting to frame the mirror in my bathroom but not gotten around to it. It won’t be nearly as stunning though – just boards painted the color of the cabinets and slapped up to cover the water damage along the lower edge just like yours! I saw the idea in a mag years ago but nothing as beautiful as the one DH created.

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    • jenyjenny
      Jun 07, 2015 @ 11:44:30

      Thank you, I think the dark stain he put on there looks luscious, but that might not work in every decor! Did you see Grayzie in the pic? I think he was miffed because the toilet seat was down…

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      • ethgran
        Jun 07, 2015 @ 23:16:58

        I went back and saw the miffedness of the Graz cat. No, the dark stain is way luscious but wouldn’t work in my bathroom of paleness. Guess I will have to come over to see it in person!

  2. ethgran
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 00:08:47

    Love the pine tile detail!

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  3. Na Na
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 08:32:45

    Someday I’m going to put a frame on my mirror too. That looks great.

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  4. Kelli
    Jun 11, 2015 @ 12:10:17

    That looks awesome! I’m going to have to give some serious thought into beautifying my very plain mirrors!

    Reply

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