Adding a New Bath Vs. Remodeling an Existing Bath A bathroom makeover that includes changing everything from floor to ceiling is expensive. While a new bathroom adds value to a home, updating individual elements is another way of adding the freshness of a new room to your home. Bringing out-of-date bathroom mirrors into the 21st century is one design element that is easy on the budget.
Evaluate its position on the wall, its shape and how it fits in relation to the other components of your bathroom. Examine it for deterioration and evidence of silver or, in the case of very old mirrors, mercury streaks. If such problems are found, determine if you can live with these defects. Keep in mind the look you are trying to achieve before moving to the next step. Measure the mirror before purchasing the frame elements. Add dimension by selecting decorative wood planks or use a muted shade in a simple pattern for tranquility.
Use baseboard or crown molding materials, which you can buy at a building or hardware store, or purchase the materials from a frame shop.
Ask the sales people if they will miter the wood according to your measurements. Paint the wood before installing. Purchase ready-to-assemble frames that include the adhesive if you are not handy. Choose a strong wall color that attracts the eye to the wall and away from the older fixtures.
Use high-gloss paint to make a statement. Stencil an intricate or simple border design, or apply sticker-like transfers around the mirror, creating a false frame that is decorative. Choose a color that coordinates with the walls. Use two frames if the mirror is exceptionally long, creating individual mirrored spaces.
Add sconces on both ends of the long mirror for an additional decorative touch. Border the mirror with solid color wallpaper, creating a frame as well as a separation between the two elements. Paste a cutout from the wallpaper onto the mirror if the silver or mercury markings of age show through the mirror.
Butt the sides to avoid having to use a caulk filling. Expand your tile search to include bullnose pieces for a more polished look.