Our bathroom is definitely builder grade. It’s just basic. We have done little updates to the other two bathrooms (full and half) with mirrors, lights, art and accents that really have helped but have yet to touch our main bathroom. It doesn’t require a full renovation, but mirrors, flooring, lighting and some accents would be amazingly helpful.
I decided to start with the mirrors. This has an impact on the rest of the space. We repainted our bedroom in anticipation of our new bed frame that should be delivered yet this month. With the dark and moody nature of our bedroom, I wanted to bring some of that color into the bathroom. While I love white walls, full white walls in a room with no windows is actually so blahhhhh. After some pinning and searching, I landed on this idea.
Thoughts behind the design:
- Color: Brings the color of the bedroom into the bathroom.
- Paneling: We have panels in a different fashion in our living room, so it ties things a bit more throughout the house. Also, it adds dimension and interest into the space. Lastly, you know the basic builder gets lazy, so who knows what is behind that big mirror, so lets eliminate an issue (if the wall is bumpy, not fully finished, etc) and cover it.
- Mirrors: We currently only have the brushed nickel look and silver in the bathroom. I like to mix the metals. Our bed frame will have gold and we also added a gold curtain rod in the recent bedroom refresh. Adding gold mirrors, helps start that process.
We decided to hold on the lights. We are not in a hurry. Despite what you may see on many DIY projects, these things don’t happen over night and what’s the giant hurry? I don’t want to jump into something I’m not sold on. Also, there are only so many hours in the day, so all things take time. We will come back to the light at a later day.
When I was at the hardware store looking for wood for this project the prices were crazy. I just wanted a simple update. Through research I learned that MDF is basically sawdust and glue which is why its cheaper! MDF also gives a more modern look. I don’t want the knot look in this project and the MDF allowed me to lean more modern and also keep the price down.
I made some calculations and decided to error on the side of caution and bought a couple more boards than what calculations called for to be safe. There is nothing more irritating in a project when you don’t have the supplies you need.
With the slots being so thin, painting the boards and the wall prior to install was key. I used a small roller to do so to avoid brush strokes. Once all were painted and dry, cutting those pieces at appropriate lengths and installing began.
I placed glue on the back side of the board before nailing each piece to the wall. This is an extra layer of applying to help make sure things stay flush to the wall. I left a larger gap between the top two boards to allow to install the mirror. The smaller slats would not have allowed the install of an anchor to hold the weight of the mirror.
Once each board was nailed to the wall, wood filler was needed to fill the nail holes and let the piece be seamless.
Once the filler had dried, sanding the surfaces down and repairing the paint.
And after all that work, I am pleased with the outcome! The MDF adds extra texture and dimension and the gold mirror pop so well off that dark Sherwin Williams color. What do you think!?
Now to find a light 🙃