What can I do about this mirror frame???

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We were thinking of selling our house, and all the real estate agents and their stagers that came in said to paint the woodwork white. I had always felt the stairway wood was too orangey for my taste, so we decided to go ahead and do that. Also, in the secondary (kids/guest) bath on the 2nd floor, the woodwork had not been well cared for, so we went ahead and painted that white as well.
However, painters did not want to paint the frame, which had been stained to match the previous maple woodwork, because they said you can always see the prior color because of the mirror, and also because paint usually drips down in between mirror and frame and you can see it, but can't get in there to fix it!
So now we are stuck with a frame around the large mirror (see photos) that matches nothing, and looks UGLY!
We got a price of several hundred dollars (about $400) from a drywaller, who would remove the mirror altogether, fix the drywall and match the texture beneath it, and then we'd have to paint ourselves or have it painted, and spend more money for another one or 2 mirrors, because it is a double vanity. Sheesh, we didn't want to put a lot of money into a secondary bath!
q what can i do about this mirror frame
counter is white tile, and now the cabinet is white as well.
We believe the frame was likely put onto the mirror itself by the previous owners, using Liquid Nails. As you can see it is almost right up against the adjacent walls. Any ideas how to make this look presentable without having to spend $1000??? Would appreciate suggestions!
q what can i do about this mirror frame
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  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jun 25, 2018
    I'm with them, paint it a satin or semi gloss white. It's a clean look.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 25, 2018
    Look into the mirror. Can you see the back of the trim reflected in it? If not, paint it white. If you can see the back, leave it. Painting it will not suddenly bring in lots of money...It is one mirror...
    You could also paint it black like your towel. You can use a scraper to remove the paint that may get on the mirror.

  • Susan Susan on Jun 25, 2018
     How about adding some accents - to tie in the wood tone?

  • Rose Middleton Rose Middleton on Jun 25, 2018
    See if you can remove the frame from mirror altogether. May have to touch up the wall paint where the frame was. Mirror is probably glued to the wall.

  • Heje Heje on Jun 25, 2018
    Painting the frame of the mirror does not show what is behind to a great extent, as you have to get close to see. I would go ahead and mask off the mirror and paint it a beautiful white.

  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Jun 25, 2018
    I know what they are talking about (seeing the original stain reflected in the mirror. My suggestion would be to add 1/4 round trim around the inside of the original trim (prepainted in the white...you can just glue this with white or clear liquid nails, and I believe this will prevent seeing the stained wood in the reflection.

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    • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Jul 15, 2018

      Wow, quite the compliment. Thank you

  • Annie Annie on Jun 25, 2018
    Ignore it! The sale of your house will not hinge on a mirror! Make sure everything is super clean and decluttered and call it a day.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 25, 2018
    Perhaps you can paint the frame white, then use a white caulk where the frame meets the mirror so it doesn't reflect the small area on the back of the frame that can't be completely painted white because it is attached. Often buyers are not as picky as the Realtors, and plan to do their own changes and will overlook or even tear out some of the updates you've just done. Look at the big picture and don't drive yourself crazy over some of the details your Realtor is pointing out for changes. (I'm a former Realtor:) and we always give advice, but it doesn't always need to be followed LOL!)