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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Breaking up the 8' frameless mirror in the Master Bath Vanity Room Remodel

YES ... I "broke up" the large, EIGHT foot, 1980's, builder grade, frame-less mirror.

NO ... I did not take a hammer to it, but I sure wanted to!

I did "break-it-up" by camouflage ... or hiding part of it. 

I had bought two nice vintage mirrors with plans to remove the 8' mirror and hang these over the sinks in the vanity. 

(check the link below to see the "fix" of these mirrors)

Mr. Z. objected; stating that he liked the large mirror.
We would have had to hire someone the take the mirrors down and dispose of them which would be very costly. 

Size of this vanity area of the master bath is about 5' wide  x 14' long plus the built in wall to wall storage cabinet at the end.  One 8' vanity with mirror and one 5' vanity with mirror.

That is a lot of reflections in one small room.

Love my new crock jug that I just bought at an Estate sale, $8.50, so I don't mind seeing more of it in the mirror images. Color was a good match with the mirror frames.

So much for all of that ... I know you are wanting to know how I "broke up" the large mirror. 

My inspiration was to frame the mirror and build a cabinet in the middle but  ...  just not able to make that happen just now with all the other expense of this total master bath remodel.  

So the next best thing was to "break-up" the expanse of the mirror ...

I removed the mirror from each frame and hung just the frame on each end of the 8' mirror. 
Images of the things across the room make this a confusing photo and you can see me trying to hide behind the Aloe plant. 

This left 43" of mirror between the frames.

To "tie" them together, I hung a salvaged piece from an old piece of furniture (or something) above the mirror between the two frames. Almost a perfect fit. I had this piece forever and surprised I found all the parts to it. Once restored, painted and antiqued, it matched pretty good.
Florescent lighting makes the color look different and hard to get good pictures. 

This gave the mirror the bulk that it needed to balance out with the large cabinet below.  

The frames came just over the top of the mirror and I made a spacer to make that part of the wall level with the mirror and hung them on the wall above the mirror.


With the first trial run, I sat a small cabinet on the counter between the mirrors. 

I really need this to keep some stuff off the counter. 

It was the bonnet box part of a vintage vanity/dresser and was just what I needed there, but after a week or so, decided it was too big, so back to the guest bedroom it went. Someday, I will find the perfect piece for this spot; build one or I might try this piece there again.

Then I brought my beautiful Aloe plant inside and it helps to "break-up" that middle section of the mirror just a little. I am sure I will have to put it back outside because there is no natural light in this room.  

The dark area to the right side of this picture is the door to the master bed room. 


NOW ... 
the other side of the room: the sliding or barn door style ...

The toilet/shower room and closet remodel was completed late last year.
(see related link below)
 Sliding door closed ..................................................look from inside shower/toilet room

Antique door knocker on the sliding door in case it is needed. LOL, just needed something to add to the door, so he got used. 


Plans for this wall space is still undecided.

Considering doing a tree limb stencil in this section.

Using jade, teal colors in this room, so the color of this piece will change if it stays. 

I won't bore you with details of the products I used ... just check the list at the end of this post.

blue wallpaper is GONE !!!
door (with the tacky mirror) to the shower/toilet room is GONE !
old wooden towel bars are GONE !
mess from the closet remodel is OVER too.  


I removed the wallpaper, primed and sealed the walls.

This little tool (bottom right) is a must-have if you plan to remove wallpaper.

I hired a friend to texture and paint. 
She hand troweled the texture which is free form and looked like puffy clouds when drying.  

Related posts: 

What I used:
KILZ Premium.
Behr Premium Plus "Spanish Sand" interior satin enamel paint and primer in one.
Mirrors from ReStore-Habitat for Humanity $5.00 each
Hairdryer to heat glue while pulling wallpaper.
Vinegar water to dampen wall paper backing paper and wash down wall. Applied with a wide brush, a little at a time.  
Zinsser paper scraper ... cost about $7.00. 
Mine was thrifted for .25¢.
 Sliding door hardware ... Home Depot $150.00
Door ... thrifted and restored ... check out the blog post on that.

Thanks for sticking with me for this long post. Hope you found something of interest here.

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1960's Mirror Frames ... Mold It ... fix it !

Just look at this great old mirror frame. 

  Definitely 1960's 

I know because the mirror was dated 1965. 

They were likely on one of those wonderful, well made French Provincial triple dressers.  

I have a pair of these frames ... mirrors have been removed.

Solid oak ... typical painted - antiquing stain - with black specks and added resin trim for the style of that period.

But oops ... one is missing the bloom on one end ... 
Well, I can fix that !

I dug out this very old can of MOLD IT from my craft supplies.  
I was surprised it was still good. 
I don't know if this product is still being made.

Using the second frame where this part was good; I made a mold.  I got a little messy with too much on the side. Just easy to cut that off when it is set. I slid a plastic chopping sheet under it for protection.

I just kept painting 'mold-it' on until I felt it was thick enough ... let it dry and then peeled it off. Some of the paint on the bloom came off in the mold, but that did not matter.

I nestled the mold in a bed of un-sanded grout so it would hold its shape when I poured the casting material.
Flower,  fine sand or powder can be used too.

I used Plaster of Paris for the casting, but it was too soft and crumbly. 

 Next I used "Tough as Nails" powdered wood filler that you mix with water. It was perfect and made a very strong cast.

I was able to trim and sand it without breaking. 

Now this is a fairly small piece.

I just glued it on.  

I made several attempts to match the original color, but did not have very good luck.
Finally, I just dry brushed both pieces with some tan craft paint and then dry brushed white over that and the FIX was less noticeable. 


You will never guess what I did with these mirror frames.

Please come back to see ... Remodel of master bath ... part 2  (coming soon)

Check out these related blogs to see more of the master bath makeover. 

Remodel of master bath ... part 2  (coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by.
Audrey Z.

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Not all keys are for locking doors.

What do you do with a small 12" space between doors ?

Well ... I went to my stash of vintage door parts and came up with this.  Beautiful vintage back-plates, glass knobs, keys and this weathered board.                                It was just perfect to anchor that space between the two doors.

Just look at that beautiful orange paint ... just perfect with the blue and greens going on in our master bath.

The board had small notches where it had something else connected to it, so I just adjusted it to fit a small brass hinge ... which has nothing to do with big doors.

An old key was a perfect addition.
This oval one was hanging in the breakfast room ... I just adjusted the color a little and it was perfect for the bath.

The old gold skeleton key is a reminder of vintage doors, but does not lock anything here.  

I want to thank Angie at Knick of Time for featuring this blog. 


Check out these related blogs on remodeling the Master Bath.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you will say hello.
Audrey Z.

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Sliding door Master Bath Remodel


It took a lot to get this far ... 

 a lot of paint remover                           lots of  clamps ...

Removing and replacing rotten wood.   Filling big holes.

Building trim and adding vintage architectural salvage to cover repairs.

Lots of primer, sealer and paint.

New glass and decorative frosted privacy static film for glass.

Bought through Amazon.



Hardware for sliding door.  Home Depot $150.00

bathroom before when re-doing closet.
SHOCKING picture ... I know !!!

the after ... much better !!!

 sliding door CLOSED for privacy.
Front after ... inside vanity room 
Back after... standing in walk in shower.

And NOW ... Loving it

 Check out these blog posts to see more of what we have done to up-date this Master Bath.

Remodel of master bath ... part 2  (coming soon)
Thanks ... hope you will let me know you were here.
Audrey Z.  


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