When we moved into our farmhouse my general contractor husband built for us in 2009, it was the first time I lived in a house of our own that was larger than 800 square feet.
A lot larger.
Like add a “3” to that number larger.
The point I’m trying to get at here is when you move from a small house into a considerably larger house, there are a lot of rooms you didn’t have before that you have now. And of course you will want to decorate all those said rooms.
In our case, we went from having only one bathroom to having four.
Some of you are probably saying to yourselves right now “But you’re a DIY blogger! A big empty slate of a farmhouse should be a DIY blogger’s dream!”. The thing is, back in 2009 I wasn’t a DIY blogger. I was a full-time web developer working in a high-stress enviroment, and I just didn’t have the time or energy to put into finding unique decor for our new home.
So, contractor-grade, track house, cookie-cutter mirrors it was:
We bought two of these mirrors; one for each bathroom downstairs. They measure 19″ x 26″. They are decent quality mirrors; but they’re also generic ones you can find in just about every store that carries bathroom mirrors. I thought about just replacing them entirely, but mirrors are expensive in retail stores and antique shops, and I could never find one I liked while shopping at thrift stores or flea markets.
My husband will save old fence boards from his contracting work for use in my DIY projects. I pulled the 2″ x 18″ metal straps off of the top of the cabinet I used for my Old Beat Up Cabinet Transformed Into A Wine Bar project. What they were used for before remains a mystery. 🙂
These old screen clips are from the 100+ year-old, 800 square foot house we lived in before.
(If you’re wondering, the house is still standing on our property behind our current house. It hasn’t been occupied since we moved and is presently used for storage. I am planning a total remodel on it in the next year or two – stay tuned! 🙂 )
We cut three 8″ x 36″ pieces out of the fence boards and secured them together on the top and bottom using the metal straps and some wood screws, then attached the mirror onto the wood using the screen clips and more wood screws. We stuck on felt furniture pads to the back of the mirror before we attached it to ensure it would have a snug fit against the wood.
I love how it turned out! I can’t wait to make something similar for our other downstairs bathroom. 🙂
Thanks for checking out my Cookie-cutter Mirror Gets A Farmhouse Style Makeover project! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below!