Bathroom Q & A + GIVEAWAY!

January 6, 2011

Thanks everyone!  Both Mia and I love the quick fix on yesterday’s budget bathroom makeover.  Be sure to check out all the links over there too, over 100 bathroom remodels from around the blogosphere, so inspiring!  I’m so ready to tackle my own hallway bath thanks to all of your ideas!

A few questions came up on Mia’s vanity so I’ll give the quick answers below. 

bathroom cabinets after paint


new cabinet hardwarePaint color on the vanity: That rich espresso color is Valspar’s latex ‘Betsy Ross House Brown’ #6011-2 in the soft gloss Kitchen & Bath formula.  See yesterday’s post for the step by step application.

I’m still going to give the vanity one coat of Polycrylic for durability and easier wipedown.  The formula states it’s easy to scrub, but because this paint is a soft gloss in latex, I think it could use one more protective coat. 

Hardware on the doors and drawers:  Atlas Alcott square knob and square pull, both in polished nickel. 


Spray paint on the faucet handles: I highly recommend using an outdoor formula, designed to repel moisture.  These RustOleum metallic formulas are the most durable and work best for this project.   I love the ‘Matte Nickel’ ! 



Mirror frame by Mirrormate: That’s the Cherokee style in Dark Walnut.


mirrormate cherokee


Here it is up close!

frame up close


Doesn’t it look fabulous ?! 

mia bathroom after


What a fantastic way to dress up a plain mirror, and there are over 20 styles available, plus multiple colors for each style.  Genius!  I’m a huge fan of this product !!

Here’s a teensy sampling of the frame styles available:

See all the frame styles and colors here.  How easy is it to assemble and install this frame?  Incredibly simple!  I mentioned my own install last year, here’s a quick reminder: 

1) Read the extremely clear instructions and check for all parts; 2) add glue to frame edges 3) secure together with inserts, hammer with mallet; 4) wait one hour, then apply to your mirror. 

mirrormate steps

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

Now the BEST NEWS!  The kind folks over at Mirrormate are offering one winner their choice of ANY style, ANY size mirror frame for your own bathroom.  Yay!

Eligibility to win your choice of frame in any size and style from Mirrormate:

1)  Hop over to Mirrormate and pick your favorite frame style.  Name it in a comment!  Which bathroom gets it? 

2) For a second chance to win, either link to this giveaway on Twitter, or link to this giveaway on Facebook, then leave a second comment telling where you mentioned it (FB or Twitter).

3) For a third chance to win, “Like” Mirrormate on Facebook, then leave a comment saying “I Like Mirrormate!”

One winner only.  Giveaway ends Tuesday January 11, 2011 at 8 p.m PST.  US and Canada only. 



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935 Responses to “Bathroom Q & A + GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Rhonda says:

    Oh, I forgot to say the bathroom lol I like the tribeca and plan to use it in the master bathroom.

  2. Kristy Doss says:

    OMG! I seriously love you right now! My hall bath looks almost exactly the same, and I’ve been searching everywhere for a mirror frame to dress it up a little without ripping the whole dang thing off. I’m loving the “Black Tribeca” frame! This is definately on the top of my “need to get” list when we redo the bathroom in the next month or two!

  3. Kristy Doss says:

    I like MirrorMate! <3

  4. Julie says:

    cherokee java is my fave. I’d use it for our master bath…in serious need of some sprucing UP!

  5. Sarita Rogers says:

    “like” mirrormate on FB

  6. Diana says:

    Love the Chelsea in Espresso. It would go in my master bath and tie nicely with our bedroom furniture.

  7. Diana says:

    Tweeted! @dianalapoint

  8. Eileen says:

    I really like your own choice of Cherokee in Dark Walnut. I liked Soho too, but the black was too stark for my style. Lovely vanity makeover!

  9. Alix Cooney says:

    I love the classic Pemaquid in Porcelain White. I have a traditional bathroom and this would be perfect!

  10. Anya Mathis says:

    I love the Grandezza one! in the nickle color. Master bathroom makeover! Pick me !!!!

  11. Jennifer Chapman says:

    There were several I liked, but the Pacifica in Silver Sheen was my fav. Very cool company and concept.

  12. Corrie says:

    I love the Broadway style, but am thinking that the Chelsea will go better with the decor I aready have in my Master Bath. Hope I win!!

  13. Chelley Black says:

    I love the Venetian Silver Wave. I would definitely do this in my Master Bath. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Chelley Black says:

    “Liked” on FB!

  15. Cena says:

    Cherokee in Dark Walnut for my only bathroom.

  16. Katie says:

    my bathroom would love a little cherokee in dark walnut

  17. Leslie says:

    The Chelsea in Black satin for my most used bathroom which is our girls bathroom but also the guest bath.

  18. Lynnette says:

    I like Cherokee or Chelsea.
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

  19. Lynnette says:

    I like mirror mate on facebook.
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

  20. Jess says:

    Cherokee in Dark Walnut for my bedroom! It looks *just* like that “before” photo at the moment.

  21. Megan says:

    Pemaquid Old World Silver for our downstairs bathroom. What a wonderful product, thanks for sharing this, and all your lovely project ideas.

  22. Marilyn Bronson says:

    I love this look and would also go with the Cherokee Dark Walnut so I would not have to agonize over a paint color for my currently white vanity. LOVE IT!

  23. Julie says:

    I’m waiting for my samples to come in. I’ve got two bathrooms I want to spruce up with MirrorMate.

  24. Cathie says:

    I love all the designs but I can’t make them work on my mirrors because the clip sticks out to much for us to use this.

  25. Tiffany Juniel says:

    I mentioned the link on Facebook!

  26. Tiffany Juniel says:

    I like MirrorMate!!

  27. Stephanie says:

    LOVE Acadia oiled bronze!

  28. julie says:

    I Like MirrorMate. I left this comment on their Facebook as well.

  29. Erin says:

    Cherokee in dark walnut. Thanks for this post! I had no idea this product existed, but wanted to frame my bathroom mirror. Maybe now I’ll stop putting off the project!

  30. Shannon Angel says:

    What a great makeover. You have totally inspired me to update my contractor grade bathroom which looks MUCH like your original! Thanks for such a great post.

    I love your Mirrormate frame! I also would like the Cherokee style in Dark Walnut for my master bathroom.

  31. Amanda says:

    This post inspired hubby and I to redo our horrible YUCK vinyl wrapped bathroom this weekend and I am thrilled to say the least. Thanks for the inspiration and tips! I followed them religiously and couldnt be happier with the outcome!

  32. Brenda says:

    I would choose the Pemaquid Slim in Old World Silver for my master bathroom!

  33. Brenda says:

    I liked MirrorMate on Facebook!

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