There's this company called MirrorMate and I saw their product on some home makeover website one day and I knew immediately that they were speaking directly to me! I have this huge mirror in my main bathroom -covering the entire wall above the sink and toilet area. I really love big mirrors, but this one wasn't very exciting - it was literally just a big mirror pinned to the wall. Sad.
But MirrorMate is this amazing framing company who transforms your plain and boring mirror into a MASTERPIECE that will make you happy inside every time you see it. And the best part is how easy it is to assemble and hang it. I had the help of some really great friends of mine and we had the project done from start to finish in less than an hour. Seriously- 60 minutes? You can't beat that!
When you get the frame, it will arrive in 4 pieces. You do this quick gluing and hammering step, which was really basic and easy once you get the first one snapped in. This is a no-mess process, unless you are a maniac with glue. We just kept a tissue on hand and slid a piece of paper under the parts where we had some glue ooze out. The corners are held together to form the frame with some little clips that you just hammer into place.
|We couldn't find a hammer...but we did find a really durable hairbrush.|
|Gluing was one of four steps. We tried using a small hand weight as a hammer - I advise against this.|
|It was a long step.|
Hanging the frame is the easiest part I think. Typically, you would envision this would involve a lot of short tempers and maybe some name calling and then a crooked frame - but this step is so quick and simple that you don't even have time for any of that! They give you two cardboard structures that you will tape onto your mirror for hanging the mirror. Just cardboard---nothing fancy. How resourceful is MirrorMate to think of this low-cost, low-waste hanging device??
|You have to have a friend for this step - you hold the frame up to the glass and find the positioning. Your friend(s) very carefully holds the frame and you push the cardboard corners onto the glass (they have an adhesive back).|
|Hanging - now in a fun and easy style!!!|
It's the easiest and most economical remodel you can do for your bathroom. I love a large mirror, though it is a bit odd to have one this size directly behind your toilet (do boys like to watch themselves urinate?). The mirror just covering a wall is boring though, right? Whereas if you have a frame on it-it's suddenly classy. Right?? Framing anything makes it classy.
I couldn't be more happy with my MirrorMate frame and I highly recommend you all get one if you have an unframed (boring) mirror!
Here is our BEFORE photo:
|Blah Boring Puke|
Here is the AFTER photo:
|WOW OMG Look at that!!!!!!!|
And remember that big bulky 1980's wooden light fixture? That totally ruined the vibe of my new classy mirror. I knew from the moment I moved in that it had to go, but when I got my mirror up, there was no holding back-it HAD TO GO.
So we pulled it out and installed this wonderful light fixture (half off on an internet special!) to better showcase my beautiful framed mirror. And by "we" - I mean my handyman of course. He installed it about 3-4 inches higher than I would have wanted it, but he had already cut a big hole in the wall before I noticed. He is a handyman, he's not a decorator. Regardless....LOVE IT!!!
|Hearts rainbows and kittens|
MirrorMate gave me a sweet little discount to review their product and I would have happily paid full price had I known how extremely happy I was going to be with their product and customer service. I love them - you should too!
And a big thanks to my assistants, Courtney and Andrew, for their help in putting this together!