Powder Room Makeover

Woof. Let me warn you that this is the teeny, tiny space that is impossible to photograph. The entire powder room is only 3 feet wide. Yes, THREE FEET. But since it’s the only bathroom on our main floor, of course I had to spruce it up a bit.

powder bathroom makeoverLast time you saw this bathroom was when I revealed the framed out builder grade mirror. Well let me just say it’s amazing what a little bit of wallpaper and shelving can do.

how to frame a bathroom mirrorFirst thing we did was wallpaper the entire bathroom with Paper Illusions (not an affiliate link). It’s basically wallpaper that you tear into pieces, soak, then throw up on the wall… kinda of piecing the torn papers together as you go. SUPER easy to install and I simply love the look. Plus if a little bit tears off the wall, gets scratched, or simply grungy, it’s oh-so-easy to patch with a new piece that you just put right on top of the old one. My mom’s guest bathroom has the same type of wallpaper. LOVE.

powder room framed mirrorMy favorite part of the new powder room is our floating shelves. With 9ft ceilings in this little room, I needed some vertical design element to take up some space on that wall.

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powder room makeover shelvesA mix of golds, navy blue and some wicker baskets I had on hand.

powder room shelvesPlus extra hand towels and toilet paper out in the open so guest don’t have to go digging through my vanity.

powder room makeover revealI even have a little box on top of the commode for extra toiletries.

powder room make overThe frames on the wall I scored for $10 each (with the mattes) from Michaels and I just framed sold old fabric I had stored away in my craft room. Just something to add a little bit color to the space.

powder room shelves makeover

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powder room makeover artwork

The floating shelves also match our dark wood vanity.

powder bathroom makeover

powder room vanity knobsI added some new knobs to the vanity along with some matching towel hooks on either side of the mirror (we removed the old towel bar since it was pretty big and awkward for such a small bathroom). The new knobs and hooks are from World Market.

powder room makeoverThe wallpaper took me about 5 hours to complete with the help of my 6 year old (don’t judge… or call child labor officials). Then the rest of the bathroom I slapped together in about an hour, including hanging both shelves.

Oh yeah, knocking out rooms in the new house like nobody’s business.
Two rooms in two weeks? That must be a record… for me.


How to Frame a Bathroom Mirror

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Alright, it’s time to start cracking down on some of these other spaces in the new place. Next on my list? The Powder Room on the main floor.

While I have some wallpaper on order that should be here some time this week, I wanted to get a jump start on the bathroom and trim out the bland builder grade mirror.

how to frame a bathroom mirrorThe bathroom is extremely small… only the width of our vanity. Yeah, small. But at least that meant that framing out the mirror would be a super quick and easy project.

frame out builder grade bathroom mirrorI measured for my pieces of trim and crown and purchased the wood from my local hardware store. Then I painted the wood including the back sides of everything since the edges could reflect in the mirror.

painted wood for mirror trimTo adhere the first piece of trim to the mirror, I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. This heavy-duty strength glue will bond any Mixed Materials, like wood to metal or ceramic to drywall or wood to mirrors, without any of the foam residue. Plus it has a translucent paintable finish.

elmers purebond glue for framing mirrorI put a generous line of ProBond Advanced on the back of the wood then pressed it along the bottom of the mirror on top of the backsplash. To hold it in place I used some painter’s tape.

frame out bathroom mirrorNext I added the side boards. Start with one side: add a little bit of glue and clamp in place with painter’s tape. Next hold the other side in place, but do not glue yet. You want to make sure that the two side pieces are the exact same height and that the top board will be level once in place.

how to trim around bathroom mirorNow it’s time to add the top piece. Since I didn’t want to apply too much pressure while nailing the crown into the top board after I adhered it to the mirror (yeah, I could just see the entire mirror breaking into a million pieces in my head), I went ahead and pre-nailed the crown to the top MDF board BEFORE gluing on the mirror.

trim out bathroom mirrorThen I went ahead and glued/clamped in place.

frame around builder grade mirrorI waited 24 hours before removing the tape. Then it was time to caulk and putty the nail holes. And then stand back and admire your new framed bathroom mirror!

powder room framed mirrorI was completely stunned at how fast this project went along once I had the wood purchased and painted. Only took an hour to get everything glued and clamped in place. Not bad for turning a builder grade mirror into something with a little character.



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