March 31, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration

I realize I haven't posted in a while. I've got a few finished projects yet to be photographed, and another one that's still not complete. Hopefully they'll make it to the 'ol blog soon.

I'm also waiting to develop strep throat. On Thursday, two girlfriends and I went to Biaggis, ordered three desserts, and all split them. On Friday one of them emailed to say she'd come down with strep. So now I'm taking Airborne and chugging drinking elderberry juice (don't judge me- my grandma sent me this and says it's high in antioxidants and boosts your immune system). Can you ward off strep after you've already been exposed? So now it's a fun waiting game, and I'm playing psychological tricks on myself trying to figure out if I feel sick or not.

In the mean time, between no projects to share and impending strep throat, here's some fun pictures/ideas I've gathered from the web as of late. Be inspired!

March 15, 2012

Bathroom Mirror Frame

I've finally framed the bathroom mirror. I say finally because I've wanted to do this for months and months but just never did. And it was super easy!

I searched Pinterest for DIY mirror frames (this blog was the most helpful), found that the style I liked best was a trumeau mirror (as opposed to a picture frame-like one with mitered corners.) And I'm also embarrassed to tell you that I've been calling it a truseau mirror until 30 seconds ago when I googled how to spell it, and realized it's trumeau, not truseau. Whoops.

Turns out a trumeau mirror is the easiest to make- most builder grade mirrors tend to be three by four feet. I was able to buy all of my boards in pre-cut lengths. I needed my two vertical boards a few inches shorter, and Home Depot cut them for me in-store.

For my three by four foot mirror, this is what I needed:
  • one 48" x 3 1/2" x 1/2" board (bottom)
  • one 48" x 6" x 1/2" board (top)
  • two 36" x 3 1/2" x 1/2" boards (sides (I had them cut down to 31 1/2"))
  • three 48" long decorative trim pieces
  • white paint
  • liquid nails
  • painters tape
Just a friendly FYI: I'm not usually loyal to any particular home center store, but Home Depot had NOTHING in terms of decorative trim (at least not what I was looking for). Lowes had a lot of options.

Also, I drew you a REALLY fancy picture in order to help explain myself:

I started out by painting my boards:

This is the inside of the unfinished laundry room. And Leo's fluff. Very glamorous.

I then used liquid nails to glue the trim to the frame boards. I glued one piece of trim to the bottom board, and two to the top board. This, obviously, is the bottom board:

After the trim had dried, I glued the bottom board to the mirror and let it dry over night. I then glued on the side boards, let them dry, and lastly glued on the top board. I'm sure you could do them all at once, but I decided to be cautious (for once). While the glue is drying, secure your board to the mirror using painter's tape. I forgot to take a picture of this.

You're almost done! Fill in any gaps with caulk. I haven't done this yet, but I betcha can't tell.

Go upgrade your mirror! You won't be sorry.

I'm linking this post up with Home Stories A to Z's linky party: go check it out!