"Framing" a Mirror

Does anyone else hate those huge slabs of mirror that you see hanging above bathroom sinks? I understand they are cheap but man are they boring! When your in a renting situation there’s not a whole lot you can do about it though.
This is our guest/kid’s bathroom and this is the monster mirror that lives there. Since I can’t frame the mirror in the traditional sense I thought I would add a little interest in a cheaper more temporary way. I found a couple of oval wood frames on a thrifting trip. They were pretty good size and only $.99 each!!!

They both got a good coat of black spray paint and they were pretty much done.

I grabbed some muslin and ripped a couple long strips. I looped them through the frames and tied the ends off with a bow.
Notice that towel holder in the corner? My mom gave me my Grandmother’s old step stool several months back. It’s speckled with all kinds of paint and it’s all chippy and fabulous! It makes a great towel holder for my guests.

I think the frames add more interest to the big bank of mirror. I’m not quite done with this room yet but I’m loving the direction that it’s headed!

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  1. love this idea, because I can’t FRAME my entire mirrors like this because they have rounded edges. What a great solution. Thanks for sharing. Keep the ideas coming!

  2. Your so clever Courtney!! Looks fab. I love that little stool too. Just perfect for the countertop and some towels. Great project.

  3. cute idea. I would have never thought of that.

  4. The frames are adorable – I have to say though – I LOVE the ladder for the towels!!! So Cute!

  5. Love that! I would never think of anything like this! And I love the step stool for a towel holder! Again, that would never even cross my mind! So creative!

  6. Love it. Have thought about doing something simple like this before, but this post may have motivated me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. What a cute idea! I love it.


  8. Ooo… great idea!.. good thinking!.. These are lovely!..

  9. I wish I would of thought of this in my old rental. I think you really scored with those frames. Perfect size!

  10. Very cute … I hung framed mirrors over my standard mirrors to jazz them up a bit. It looks a lot like yours. (http://6dukes.blogspot.com/2008/11/canton-treasures-mirrors.html)

    I LOVE your towel holder …that little ladder is fantastic!

  11. That is great! I like it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  12. This is a fantastic idea! It’s so simple and elegant. Great job!

  13. Love how your hung the mirrors with the muslin… it really softens the whole space.

  14. Such a super cute idea!!! Love your ladder too! 🙂

  15. This is so cute! Great idea! I LOVe the stool. Its awesome! Such a great touch.

  16. How creative is this!? What a great solution to dressing up the typical bathroom mirror! I simply love it. The cute little step ladder is great too.

  17. Hi…Im new to your blog! Im a temporary renter to and it’s so hard to decorate around things you cant change. You did a fabulous job…it looks awesome! I love the stepstool project…I use things from my grandmother all the time, theyre everywhere in my house. Great job! New follower…hope you come over and visit me too.

  18. Genius! I totally have to try this! I have a zillon frames and tons of ribbon! Thanks girl! <3

    new to the blog!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  19. So so cute! My friend did this in her master bathroom and it’s fantastic.

  20. Love your framed mirrors. Absolutely darling!
    I am lovin’ your blog and am your newest follower. Check out my blogif you’d like.

  21. Great idea! I also just got a ladder to put towels on, but it is 6′ and will need to be propped up on the floor. I love the shabbyness of it!

  22. Great ideas!! I have been trying to find a towel holder for the hand towel and fingertip towel in our pink/black vintage bathroom – and seeing what you did with the frames gave me the idea to use smaller oval frames painted black (with pink ribbon), then hang towels through. Thanks!!

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