How to Update a Builder Grade Mirror

by Lora
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2 Hours

In order to keep our bathroom renovation within budget, we set aside several pieces to update instead of replace. This include a basic, builder grade mirror in a mid-tone oak stain (you know, that early nineties stain).

Want to see where we started?

How about that yellow oak? And that wallpaper? Oh, and the pink linoleum? You should definitely go check out the finished bathroom makeover -- it's hard to believe it is the same room!

Now, let's talk about how simple it is to take that mirror from builder grade oak to rustic beauty!

Step 1: First, sand off as much of the glossy finish as possible. Once sanded, wipe away the dust with a damp, clean cloth.

Step 2: Apply painters tape along the edges of the frame in order to protect the mirror during staining. Press the tape firmly to prevent seeping.

Step 3: Now, use a foam brush and rag to apply the dark stain. Apply stain with the brush, then wipe away with a rag. If it isn't dark enough, complete a second coat when the stain is dry.

Instead of yellow-ish oak, we have a deep, rustic, wood mirror the perfectly compliments our new vanity.

So much better, right? Make sure to click over and see the full Modern Farmhouse Bathroom.

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