Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ashley's Shanty Thrifty Find

Hi Friends! I HAVE to blog about the thrifty find I made yesterday! I really don’t like the mirrors in our bathrooms but I have been patient in changing them out because I wanted to replace them with framed mirrors (for a more custom look) and that can be costly! Well, I said it CAN be costly but as I found out yesterday my patience paid off BIG! I went to Lowe’s to buy some curtain rods when I stumbled upon a rack full of Mirr-Edge mirror trim in several different colors. I stared at the Cherry Walnut for a while and wasn’t sure how it would look but I couldn't leave the store without it so I bought just enough for the boys bathroom upstairs.

These came in sets of two so I bought 2 sets ~ one set for the horizontal trim and one for the vertical trim. I then bought 1 set of 4 corner plates.  They cover the seams and add a nice aesthetic touch.

Whitney just happened to be coming over that afternoon (how convenient for me) so she assisted me in this venture. The trim is 59.5” long, so roughly 5’. The instructions say to measure each piece on the mirror, score and then crisply snap the trim to get the right fit. This did not work (circular saw is so much more efficient – learned how to use one with this project). Measure the vertical strips first and then the horizontal. After you cut them down to size there are double-sided adhesive pads that come with the trim – just peel and stick (we put 4 to 5 on each strip).



Then press the trim on the mirror and Voila!

Once you have all of the trim up it’s time for the corner plates. No cutting here – just peel and stick the double sided, adhesive, strips and fit to each corner!

I just love how custom my boys mirror looks now and it completely transformed their whole bathroom!  Total time invested – 30 minutes! I highly recommend this product to anyone that wants a chic look in minutes!
Okay, so I loved this product so much that I went back to Lowe’s that night to get more trim for my master bathroom.


This line also carries seam plates that cover seams when you need more than 5’ of trim. My master mirror needed about 6 ft. on the horizontal pieces so I bought 1 set of 2 seam plates.
You want the seams in the center of the mirror for aesthetic purposes so I had to buy 1 set of trim for the top and 1 for the bottom and then 1 set for the vertical sides. I measured the horizontal pieces so that they met in the center and followed up with the same steps we used for the boys bathroom. When I was done I added the seam plates to cover the seams in the center with the double sided, adhesive, pads and that was it. I LOVE MY MASTER BATH SO MUCH MORE NOW!   Total time invested – 30 minutes!

I had so much trim left over that I decided to do my half bath also! I will eventually buy a framed mirror for my half bath but for now this is perfect! The only purchase I made for this mirror was the corner plates!



At the end of the day I had customized three bathroom mirrors / which in turn transformed all three bathrooms (in about 1.5 hours) ~ it just doesn’t get any better than that folks! As always ~ Enjoy!

UPDATE:
You can purchase this product in a variety of colors and styles HERE!

You can also purchase at HOME DEPOT online or in store!


62 comments:

KirkKrew said...

That looks SO good! I'm going to do that for my bathrooms too!!! Thanks for the tip! :)

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your mirrors look amazing!! I had seen that done on another blog, but with real wood molding that had to be cut and painted. This is so much easier and it looks beautiful. I will have to head over to Lowe's and check it out. Thanks for sharing!! Love & blessings from NC!

Sachiko said...

What a great tutorial! I want to do that for my bathrooms too! Well, maybe after I am done with other projects... Thank you for sharing!

Nori said...

Yum! That really does spruce up the mirrors. I'm renting right now and have mirrors like that. This is something I can totally do to make it look better. Thanks so much for sharing!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Holy heck I love those. I am going to check out my Lowe's I have been wanting to do that to ours also. Fantastic.

Marsha said...

Oh, this is so amazing. I have wanted to frame my bath mirrors forever, but just didn't want to tackle it. How about this! I'll be checking into this, girl! Thanks!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

This looks so great! I was thinking the only way to do this was with a mitre box and saw. I didn't know this existed! Thanks for showing us how easy it was for you. Looks so great!

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

I had never even heard of mirr edge before?! What a great project and that price was amazing!! We bought mirrors at Hobby Lobby when they were half off but nothing like that price! Thanks for the great tip!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great. I have wanted to do that in my bathrooms also - just another thing on the list. :)

Lee Laurie said...

Great idea! I will have to remember this one when I get ready to re-do my guest bathroom!

K said...

That just looks awesome! Something to totally be proud of.

I rent, and I have been thinking about doing that to my mirrors. Wonder if they would mind... perhaps I will ask :)

Pearl Maple said...

How cool, and best of all I like that you show how we gals can do these things for ourselves. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with us all.

Sue said...

Your thrifty transformation resulted in a custom, expensive look for your mirrors. What a great re-do!

MaRiN said...

I'm totally going to Lowe's tonight!!! I am moving into a new home that has boring mirrors and this stuff will save me so much money! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Michelle said...

I found this same product when I was working on our remddel and thought how handy it would be.

Your mirrors looks wonderful!

Shauna said...

This looks so good! I want to do mine now!

Alicia said...

Looks great, and pretty easy. They make a big different in your bathrooms definitely. When you showed the first picture of your boys bathroom and said to myself, "I bet she ran out and bought more"...lol. And sure enough, you did.

Shirley said...

I love this idea!! I didn't even know there was such a thing. I can't do it in mine but my daughter-in-law and son has a mirror like that. Hmmmmm

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Much better!! Great job!

southerninspiration said...

Oh that does make such a difference!! Great find, and great job!


Suzanne

ONE MANS TRASH IS MY TREASURE said...

WOW! great look for such a good price! hmm you just gave me some ideas...thanks for the inspiration!

The DIY Show Off said...

Great job! :)

Roeshel

Sharlotte said...

I did this in my master bath with real trim. I stained the wood and had to cut it to fit. We then glued it to the mirror with liquid nails. My husband is a real trooper!

I love this find! This is so much easier! I love the corner pieces. I have a couple of mirrors left, I think I feel a project coming on!

Alyssa Barnett said...

we're looking to do the same in our two baths - thanks for the great idea! I'll be headed to Home Depot tomorrow morning!

ImagineCozy said...

That really did make such a difference! I think I will have to keep my eyes open for some trim!
-Angela

Denise said...

This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for for my plain ole mirrors too. I thought I would have to buy trim and stain it and use a nail gun etc :-/ so I have put off. I will definitely look in Lowes today or Home Depot, both are close to me. Thanks for a great idea, and showing how easy it is. Your mirrors look amazing. :)

Crafty Niche said...

Wow, that's awesome! I need to do my bathroom mirrors, I'm going to check this out!

Alicia said...

You have just changed my life!!!

Tricia Anne said...

Great job! :o)

L.Duncan said...

Great find! It is a lot cheaper than mirror mate.com!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Fabulous! I wish I had done this in our last house. I hated those builder-cheapo mirrors we had there.

Jane

Helen Joy said...

Oh my goodness! You've just saved me hours of fighting with my husband:-) I've been trying to convince him to let me take down our ugly new home mirrors for ages but it stresses him out! I'm totally going to do this! Thanks so much!

Anna See said...

Wow! I just paid $20 for samples from MirrorMate frames. The frame itself will cost about $200, which I thought was a good deal until I saw this. Now I'm thinking Mirr Edge is the way to go!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Black! My favorite new color! :) Just beautiful! I need to come here more often!!! :)

inner_child said...

What a transformation! I, too, have been holding out for framed mirrors for my bathrooms. That score and snap thing rarely works out for me either. I think you have to have more upper body strength, like the men who designed the product,lol!
Paula ~ Mise en scène

Lori said...

How did you fit it around those annoying little plastic mirror clips? I love the way yours turned out!!

Lolly said...

Girls, I am so impressed. I didn't even know something like this existed. Looks great.

Julie said...

What a great look.... I love the way it all turned out.
xoxo
Julie

nannykim said...

That is amazing!! Just amazing..what a great transformation!!

my post is here:http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/2009/09/transforming-for-fall.html

Gina said...

Very very good idea! I love the ZEBRA towels in the background. can I have them? lol!

Merrie said...

Oh, my gosh I have been wanting to frame the mirror in my Master bathroom for so long and I didnt know this stuff existed. Woohoo, we have a Lowes and this is payday week.

Thank you, thank you for sharing this.

Your bathrooms look wonderful!

Stephanie said...

oh wow! i need to go to lowe's! love it!

somedaycrafts said...

Oh much better! ANd so beautiful!

Goodwill Haunting said...

Wow! I am so jazzed about this post ... I am so totally going to get this for my 3 bathrooms! What a difference! Thanks for sharing! Great post!

Create in me a clean heart O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 said...

I had no idea that you could buy precut pieces for the mirror - I want to do the same thing but thought I'd have to make it myself. {{off to Lowes to find my own set!}}

Kimmy said...

Absolutely love it! I have mirrors like that in my house and this would be a great solution. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jen R. said...

I love that idea! What a huge difference it makes! I wish I had known about that before I took my door mirror down! Thanks so much for joining in on the party! jen

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

No way! I had no idea such a thing existed. Makes such a difference. Hope those boys know they'd best not be spitting toothpaste on that lovely frame. :)

AnneYarbs79 said...

Talk about bang for your buck! They all look awesome!

The Salisburys said...

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog! I love seeing people who can decorate on a budget! These mirror trims are fantastic! I'm gonna have to check it out at my local hardware!

Blessings!

common ground said...

Amazing! I didn't know they made this product. Now I'm wanting to try this on mine. Thanks for sharing... this is great!
Debra

Living With Lindsay said...

These look fantastic! My mom was telling me she saw this product a few weeks ago at HD. I definitely need to check it out!

Sabrina @ my little slice of pie said...

Awesome! So in what department did you find this mirr edge trim. I must have! Great job!

Caroline said...

That is such a simple fix but it really transforms the room. Great job!

Raise Them Up said...

I love it, too! I think Lowes is going to have a rush on mirror trim! Lol!

3XMom said...

wow - great find, thanks!

{ L } said...

Oh wow! Great job. These turned out beautiful. I am sure its exciting to walk into those rooms now. :)

funkymom said...

Thank you for this product find! I saw your post at thriftydecorchick and went right out and bought Mirr-Edge. OF course it took a week or two to get the project done but I love it!
You can see it here http://alittlebitofus-funkymom.blogspot.com/2009/09/love-my-new-mirror.html

Thanks again!

Hollye said...

I've been wanting to do this for our bathroom. I wanted to replace the mirror, but my husband said HECK NO! He was not going mess with taking that monster mirror off the wall. He's fairly certain the lazy contractor that installed it just glued it up there and he said it will rip the sheetrock. We are in the middle of a bathroom redo, so I am doing to be linking my husband to this blog post! I think even he will agree that this is perfect for what I want!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This looks so great! I'm happy I found your blog, all your projects are adorable! I wonder why they never talk about these great things on HGTV! I'm always excited about trying to get molding for the house to do a cheap frame for mirrors but THIS is way more affordable!

The Esplin's said...

I love this idea! I have a couple of mirrors that could use this treatment. Thanks for being so fabulous!

rdnkhny said...

I love this idea. I have a question - how did you work around the "mirror clips" that hold the mirror to the wall? Thanks

 
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