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. Lori says:

    Just bought a house so the Venetian in Silver Wave for either one of the bathrooms would be great.

  2. Marlene Ravey says:

    I love the Bellemeade in Vintage Silver! I can just see it in our brand new master bath…Just Perfect!

  3. Britiney says:

    I like the Chelsea in Espresso. I’d use it in my master bath. Thanks for a chance to win!!

  4. Tiffany H. says:

    I have seen these mirror frames a few times now in blogland and would love to try one. I’d love to try Pacifica in silver sheen or the Venetian in sliver wave for my mirror in the master bathroom.

  5. Linda says:

    I like the Cherokee in Java….very neat website. Thanks.

  6. erica p. says:

    I love the Pemaquid style in Old World Silver. I would actually gift this to my mom – her bathroom mirror is in major need of a revamp…she even has the same vanity lights that you showed in Mia’s before. The sad thing is that she actually LIKES them!

  7. Amy S. says:

    Ohhhh…I’ve been stalking the cherokee (master bath reno) for awhile and now to see it in action I am thinking that the dark walnut would be the perfect color (think the Java may be too ‘grainy’) I wish they did the SoHo in the dark walnut…

  8. Amy S. says:

    I like Mirrormate!

  9. kami says:

    i love the cherokee style and would use it in my kids bathroom that has the ugly builder grade plain mirror in it

  10. Jessica says:

    Still loving the Cherokee in Brushed Chrome .

  11. juliem says:

    I am torn between a the decorative Bellameade and the simple Cheeroke!

  12. Jill says:

    While there are MANY styles I like, I would go with the Venetian style in “white wave” for the color. I am changing the guest bath from the typical builder bath to a bath with a soft, beachy theme. Sounds kind of crazy but the pciture in my mind is quite lovely.

  13. stephanie says:

    I too like the Cherokee style and need an update in my own bathroom.

  14. Angela says:

    I’m dreaming of the Pemaquid in black. I recently painted my vanity black and this would be the icing on the cake for my builder grade mirror!

  15. claire says:

    i love the simplicity of cherokee – great look!

  16. Jenna says:

    OMG, great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to frame out the mirror in our master bath, like, for-EVER! I would choose the Venetian style in “White Wave”, because it seems to match the feel of my bathroom perfectly!

  17. Jenna says:

    I like MirrorMate!

  18. stephanie says:

    I like Cherokee and need to update my bathroom!

  19. Janice says:

    I would love a Mirrormate in Cherokee, like yours, in Java. I’d update my powder room !

  20. Janice says:

    Tweeted about your contest ! (@jcsc)

  21. Kelly says:

    I think Bellemeade would be lovely in my Master bath . I have an older home with some of the original features , two of which are very large unframed mirrors in the Master and Guest bathrooms.

  22. Jenny O. says:

    What fun! I’m loving the Bellemeade in Traditional Cherry. Beau-ti-ful!

  23. Jenny O. says:

    Just posted a link on facebook.

  24. Jenny O. says:

    I like MirrorMate!

  25. Priscilla K. says:

    I really like either Chelsea in espresso, or Cherokee in either java or dark walnut color, for my upstairs bathroom.

  26. April says:

    I love the Soho in white…very clean and modern :)

  27. Laura F. says:

    The Chelsea in white would look wonderful in our only (gasp!) full bathroom!

  28. Annie says:

    That is such a hard pick! I’d probably order a couple samples before deciding for sure…but if it was in our Master bath, I’d pick Acadia or Chelsea in the bronze finishes. For the extra bath, I’d choose Broadway in brushed chrome – gorgeous!

  29. Annie says:

    I tweeted!

  30. Annie says:

    I Like MirrorMate!

  31. Amy says:

    I like the Mediterra in Glazed Stone for our main bathroom.

  32. Aubrey says:

    I’m not really usually a modern/contemporary kind of gal, but I really *LOVE* the soho in the unfinished color…it would be super amazing in our master bath, we have a huge and un-framed mirror that is so BORING. It definitely needs the spice. (c:

  33. Aubrey says:

    I like MirrorMate on FB!

  34. Laura Thiessen says:

    I Like the Venetian in White Wave for my powder room.

  35. Lauren says:

    I like the Venetian in Bronze Wave. I definitely need it in my master bath (and in the guest bath!)
    Along with a paint job on our wood, this mirror frame would kickstart a spectacular transformation!

  36. Lauren says:

    I linked this on FB.

  37. Lauren says:

    I Like Mirrormate!

  38. greta says:

    I like the SOHO in black (or white) its the frame style i like the most. Its plain yet has some detailing in the height of the frame.

  39. Micaela says:

    Acadia in Oil Bronzed would spiffy up my master bathroom!

  40. Kristin says:

    I am loving the Broadway in Silver for my hallway bath.

  41. I love the Dark Walnut cherokee and the broadway style for my master bathroom or upstairs hall bath!

  42. I like mirrormate on FB!

  43. Annnnd mentioned it on FB :)

  44. brandi says:

    I love the Cherokee! It would look terrific in my guest bathroom!

  45. I like MirrorMate!

  46. I prefer the Gramercy for my masterbath.

  47. Holli says:

    I love the style of Broadway in brushed chrome… gorgeous for my modern master bath…..

  48. Cee says:

    I like the Cherokee Slim in Cherry Chocolate for above our mantel. Lovely!

  49. Lisa Wilson says:

    oh! Fingers crossed… I like the burnished brown tribeca. I would love to see that in my very plain builders grade master bathroom. thank you for the chance to win!

  50. Lisa Wilson says:

    “I Like Mirrormate!”

  51. Jennifer Kohl says:

    On the verge of updating our builder’s grade bathrooms mirrors, and admiring the Cherokee in Dark Walnut for the master bath. I will keep my fingers crossed! Thanks!

  52. Sandi says:

    I like the Cherokee style and would put it in the master bathroom.

  53. Sandi says:

    I like Mirrormate!

  54. D MITCHELL says:


  55. Becca says:

    I love the broadway in brushed chrome… I just painted my blah builders grade bathroom silver sage and have been contimplating how to add a frame to the mirror. MirrorMate would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  56. Teri says:

    Chelsea in Espresso. Although I really need a round frame. Thanks for the intro to this site.
    And thanks for the giveaway!

  57. I love the Broadway in brushed chrome. My guest bathroom would get this baby!

    Thanks for the chance!

  58. Little Spoon says:

    Cherokee Dark Walnut! I already have it bookmarked. I love these and need them in three different bathrooms!

  59. Little Spoon says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway. @tosharific

  60. Little Spoon says:

    I Like Mirrormate!

  61. kathy says:

    The Cherokee pattern would look awesome in my master bath. Great giveaway and hope I win!

  62. Jeannine says:

    Love the pemaquid slim frame in ORB…would really finish my tiny (about 3×6 ft) powder room. I’ve just repainted and the mirror is one of those big builder mirrors — which is good in a tiny room, but kind of boring. Love your blog.

  63. Leo says:

    I really hope to win this for my wife. We are in the process of giving our master bedroom and bath a major overhaul. Our budget did not stretch as far as we had originally planned and this would help out a ton. She has been very patient with the process and I would love to win this for her. We like the Bellemeade in Vintage Silver.

  64. Leo says:

    I posted this to twitter.

  65. Leo says:

    I liked mirrormate on facebook. Fingers crossed!!

  66. Tamisha says:

    I love the Soho mirror frame! I’ve been wanting to replace my large bare mirrors with framed ones but this would be SOHO much easier and would look fantastic. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  67. Kati W says:

    Gramercy in Chardonnay for the master bedroom dressing area/bathroom–it would transform the room and tie in with the furniture and bedding! I’m so glad to find out about MirrorMate–thank you!

  68. Chloe says:

    Cherokee in Dark Walnut please! I’m thrilled to find out about MirrorMate.

  69. Lori B says:

    I love the Cherokee style in the Chocolate Cherry for my master bath.

  70. Barbara says:

    I love the cherokee in dark chocolate. It would go in my master which is in a sore need of a redo!

  71. Barbara says:

    I like mirrormate on fb!

  72. Jessica Y says:

    Probably the Soho for my kids bathroom. Thanks!

  73. Annie B says:

    I liked on facebook.

  74. Eryn says:

    I love the Cherokee in Dark Walnut too. We could REALLY use this in our master bath. Our mirror is aging and leaving those spots on the outside corners. :)

  75. Kelly says:

    I like the simplicity of the Cherokee style. It would be perfect in the “contemporary” style that I am redoing my son’s bathroom in.

  76. Jessica says:

    Cherokee in Dark Walnut (am planning to paint my bathroom vanity a similar color as your update).

  77. Jessica says:

    Linked to the post on twitter!

  78. Laura M says:

    I believe I would go with the Cherry Chocolate Cherokee. It would would great in my master bath with our cherry cabinets!

  79. Laura M says:

    I like Mirrormate!
    Excuse my typo on my previous comment :)

  80. Kim says:

    What a great idea and an amazing transformation! Wow. I would love to see the pemaquid in porcelain white. It would look terrific in our basement bathroom and definitely be a step up from the basic builder grade mirrors we all know (and loathe!)

  81. Lindsay says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing Mirrormate for our bathroom! I would go with Cherokee in dark walnut as well.

  82. Audra says:

    Oh to be so lucky! Super love it!

  83. Faith says:

    I have a perfect bathroom for a Mirrormate…I am so thrilled to learn about this product!!!!!: The Cherokee style in Dark Walnut would be perfect. My husband will LOVE that he doesn’t need to hang a new mirror!

  84. Sarajane says:

    Cherokee in Dark Walnut to give to my Mother who is in the middle of her master bath re-do right now!

  85. Beth says:

    I love Cherokee for my Master bath!

  86. Jackie says:

    I’m one of your newest followers. I love the cabinet style in the bathroom. Any idea where I could find one similar? Thank you. Jackie Hale
    PS..I also have a baking blog, if you want to swing by and chk it out.

  87. I think I’d have to go with the Cherokee in Dark Walnut as well! Or maybe the Cherry Chocolate would better match my master vanity? Hm. Regardless, I would definitely love to spruce up my builder-grade mirror!!

  88. Tiffany says:

    I’m really liking Venetian in Silver Wave! It would look great in my main bathroom!

  89. Lindsay says:

    We were just researching MirrorMate over the weekend – our master bathroom mirror is in desperate need of a makeover! I’d have to go with Pemaquid in white.

  90. Kate says:

    I think I like Acadia for our guest bath and Pemaquid for the master bath!

  91. Emily says:

    I would go with Cherokee in Dark Walnut too. I just finished the bulk of a DIY bathroom remodel and have been living in a bathroom without a mirror for a couple months. This would be perfect!

  92. Diana says:

    I think that I’ll need to go with the Cherokee frame in the same color that you used in Mia’s bathroom. I updated my hall bath last year and now need to finish the job and paint the vanity. Thanks for the tips and I do like the color that you used.

  93. Holly Kolvig says:

    LOVE the Mediterra in Glazed Earth for the previous Master Bedroom upstairs that is now turned into a guest suite for all our friends and family to stay in while visiting. Right now my daughter, her husband, and her f3 children are staying in while they try to sell their house and get back on their feet from my son-in-law being downsized. I remodeled the bath to a wharf worn look and the plain plate mirror could REALLY use this!

  94. Michelle says:

    I would love the Pacifica for my kids bathroom.

  95. Sarah P says:

    Pemaquid in Porcelain White. I LOVE MIRRORMATE!!

  96. charu says:

    love the Cherokee dark walnut….wanted sth like this for all the bathrooms in my new old home

  97. Kelly P says:

    I like the cherokee slim for my one and only bathroom :-)

  98. Rhonda says:

    I like the tribeca. Just bought a new house that needs some TLC! I really like the color on Mia’s vanity :)

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