Large Bathroom Mirror redo to double framed mirrors and cabinet

Everyone hates the 6+ foot mirror that all main bathrooms seem to come with. Soooo we took an idea from a fellow pinterester and made it our own (so to speak). This is NOT a one day project but the results are worth the time :)
You will need
1"x4" MDF (32 ft)
1/2 birch plywd
Trim (40 ft)
Baseboard (3 ft)
All building supplies for the mirror/cabinet project approx. 40.00
Lights - 38.00 each on sale
New faux wood blind - 39.00
Paint - 5.00 (bought a mis tint from Rona)
1 can of brushed Nickel spray paint 10.00
we also did floating shelves in the water closet (another idea I got from a fellow Pinterester)
We only needed 2 shelves for this bathroom
but made 6 shelves
24X 8 inches with supports
1 sheet of 1/4 plywood, sanded on one side
10 1×2 pine boards
floating shelves supplies 20.00
when all was said and done the total reno for this bathroom was 190.00
Have fun with it and make it your own
Took mirror off then checked out pinterest for ideas then realized it didnt have to come off :(
Soooo removed the one 4 light fixture and put in 2 two bulbed light fixtures The advantage to removing the mirror was we could cut the drywall behind the mirror to make new holes for the new lights
Room primed and painted and the mirror was reattached
also painted our cabinets in a trim and door paint
Middle cabinet in place new light fixtures connected and now onto the framing of the mirrors
Bottom of cabinet dressed then realized I needed more height to cover the original light "hole" grrr
NOTE: the cabinet was not from the counter top up it was actually started at the "back splash" just because the "back splash" is beveled and it just made it easier to start with something flat and dress and trim the bottom
We also spray painted the knobs a brushed nickel
And spray painted the hugger lights with the brushed nickel
The supports for the floating shelves
Finished floating shelf project

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1/2 birch plywd
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23 questions
  • Dale Petrishe
    on Nov 22, 2015

    Mountings for large (6') bathroom mirrors. How do you hang & "frame out" a mirror that has the plastic scew mounts?

  • Roc3948111
    on Jan 15, 2016

    What color did you paint the walls and cabinets?

  • Creativity is Great
    on Feb 7, 2016

    Love the transformation....I have a smaller mirror about half the size and need a way to spruce it up exception I have a light switch and a receptacle under it between the bottom of the mirror and top of vanity so I don't know how I can cover that eyesore....any ideas?

  • Ivory
    on Feb 8, 2016

    This is exactly the style I designed for my bathroom. I've been looking for a center cabinet to place between my very large ugly mirror, but the ones I found and liked, coast to much, where did you fine your piece, and did you pay a lot for it? I don't know how to frame my mirror, can you give detail steps, and the type of moulding used? You did a very nice job!

    • Sue
      on Feb 20, 2016

      I'm trying to find a cabinet also and it's not easy! I live near you in Lemont, so if you find one, please put your source on here! It's begInning to look like we may have to build a cabinet!

    • Ivory
      on Feb 20, 2016

      Hi Sue, I agree. You and I might have to put our heads together and we girls build our own. In the meantime, I'll keep looking and if I find one or two, ill be sure to let you know.

    • Ivory
      on Feb 20, 2016

      Hey Sue, there were another homeowner on hometalk framed his large mirror without cutting or removing it. He also build his cabinet that sat between his now two framed mirrors. Looks much easier.

  • Doris Pope
    on Feb 10, 2016

    The cabinet with the sinks. I have a bottom cabinet with 2 doors under each sink and in the middle an opening with one very shallow drawer, the only drawer in the bathroom. Do you know who made the bottom cabinet? I know we would have to remove what we have and put in a new one but I would consider that.

  • Jean Myles
    on Feb 25, 2016

    Could you tell me how or what you did in the window to get that nice blue glow?

  • Shell
    on Apr 23, 2016

    What's the name of paint color on your walls?

  • How did you convert the one light fixture to two?

    • Renee
      on Aug 15, 2016

      She changed out one four light fixture for two two light fixtures.

    • Lidia Chelkowska
      on Sep 7, 2016

      Most likely ran 2 new wires that connected to the old middle wire. Just twist 2 new pieces with the old wire, whites to white, blacks to black, and bares to bare, and tighten with wire nuts.

  • Arsheen Anadil
    on Jul 24, 2017

    hi, do u have any link which shows steps about the middle cabinet
  • Angel-evett Cuttill-martin
    on Aug 23, 2017

    Maybe I'm dense or just missed it but you hang two floating shelves above the toilet. (Which is great love it) but why does it look like you put a moulding right against the toilet in the left wall?? I'm sorry just seriously confused. Please explain to me. Thanks
    • Florence
      on Nov 8, 2017

      I believe what appears to be moulding on the left side is the door frame that encloses the toilet area.
    • Lynda Delpino
      on Oct 16, 2018


    • Jean
      on Oct 16, 2018

      The shelves are centered over the toilet, which has equal space on either side.

  • Carole Mathews
    on Oct 1, 2017

    If you purchased the shallow cabinet in the middle of your bathroom counter, what was the source? Thank you!
  • Tess
    on Sep 10, 2018

    where do you get the cabinet?

  • Gayle
    on Oct 16, 2018

    Several of us want to know where you got the cabinet between the mirrors.


  • Laura Bolea
    on Oct 16, 2018

    What brand of brushed nickel spray paint did you use for the fixtures and the hardware and where did you get it? We’ve been looking for a product like that for ages, but can’t find anything that doesn’t look like spray paint, if that makes sense. TIA!

    • Kal21880830
      on Oct 16, 2018

      We have used Rustoleum spray paint in brushed nickel for all of our fixtures. And it looks just like the real thing and holds up very well. It is available at Home Depot, Lowes and Amazon. The key is to clean your fixture and rough it up slightly with steel wool for the best adhesion, then spray two or three light coats, letting it dry between each coat. Hope this helps.

    • Cathy Hays
      on Oct 16, 2018

      I’ll second that. Rustoleum makes a line of spray paint made to look Like metals. Awesome product

    • Lana
      on Oct 23, 2018

      YESSS!! RUSTOLEUM makes AMAZING metallic spray paint colors -- even oil-rubbed bronze & copper! For BEST results clean the item & rough it up a bit with steel-wool for adherence, then spray at least 2-3 LIGHT coats... letting dry between each! Makes a huge difference on door-knobs, faucets, hardware, mirror/picture-frames, ANYTHING that needs a beautiful metallic finish! EnJoY!!

  • Barbara Sotak
    on Oct 16, 2018

    How can I change mr rectangle mirror into an arched mirror without removing it.

    • Donna Bailey
      on Oct 16, 2018

      Hi, I would hustle around and find a large old picture frame. I don’t have any more details than a rectangle mirror into an arch. That’s what I’d do.

    • C Crow
      on Oct 22, 2018

      Here's what some Hometalkers did with lovely results. Perhaps you could do something similar with an arch shape:

    • Lana
      on Oct 23, 2018

      IF the arched top doesn't have to be a mirrored addition... you could frame it & add a shaped WOODEN arch over the top of the existing mirror (if there's ROOM), & paint the arch gold/silver/white or any color you like... you could decorate the frame/arch with glue-on 'jewels' or a stenciled design or whatever your imagination tells you! OR go shop for an antique carved architectural piece to add to the top of your mirror! EnJoY!!

  • Kelli norris
    on Oct 19, 2018

    Is it the same mirror just framed out?

    • Sandy Shipe
      on Oct 23, 2018

      Yes...with a small shelf unit inbetween.

    • Lana
      on Oct 23, 2018

      Yes! I've seen that design - with a sm shelf-unit added in the middle to divide the huge mirror into halves - used by designers on HGTV! It's a great way to avoid taking down a huge old mirror or having to buy 2 new ones! Love it!

  • Mrs8137178
    on Oct 23, 2018

    I love what you did, it’s very nice to say the least. My question is ... what would you suggest in regards to the following pictures?

  • Mary Subiran
    on Oct 23, 2018

    Where did you find the cabinet? Thank you

  • Katherine
    on Oct 25, 2018


    Great job! How did you remove the mirror in the first pic.? I have round mirrors that I want to put up but I have a use for my huge existing mirror.

    thanks, Kat

    • Pat
      on Nov 5, 2018

      Our huge mirror was supported by special "clips" meant to hold a mirror. Check yours, if there are clips, it's as easy as taking a screw driver to unscrew the clips and lift mirror down, careful! Mirror is HEAVY!

    • Caroline Power Gangl
      on Nov 11, 2019

      I’ve seen in other posts that it is helpful to put duct tape directly on the mirror to hold the mirror together in case it should break. Patterns included a grid or a “spider web.”

      You might find that during installation the installer used the mirror clips and a lot of glue to glue the mirror to the wall. In that case, you will have to pry the mirror away from the wall, greatly increasing the chances the mirror will break.

      This is why I have not tried to remove our humongous bathroom mirror myself!

    • Janetrn
      on Nov 12, 2019

      You can rent large suction cups to pull the mirror off

  • Cari
    on Dec 3, 2018

    Can you give some instruction and measurement on building the cabinet in front of the mirror?

  • Debbie Rose
    on Nov 11, 2019

    You reattached the old mirror, correct? How did you install the middle cabinet without damaging the mirror?

    • Theresa
      on Nov 11, 2019

      Yes, how was mirror reattached behind that strip of drywall that is part of the new holes cut for lights? Did you slide it behind somehow?

    • Debbie Rose
      on Nov 12, 2019

      I am sorry, but I did not receive a reply to my question. How did you install the middle cabinet without damaging the mirror?

  • Sandra
    on Nov 12, 2019

    can you post a bigger picture beautiful hairstyle? I googled Curl Up & Dye...which one ....I'm hoping it's near Austin....

  • Valerie S Crider
    on Mar 14, 2020

    Anyplace to buy that cabinet?

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  • Dpbeee2
    on Nov 13, 2019

    Wow! You did a really great job. Looks beautiful. Thank you.

  • Maura Campbell
    on Nov 13, 2019

    This requires some carpentry tools and skills many of us (like me!!) may not have, but you did a fantastic job!! What a transformation!

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