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Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Welcome to Framing Bathroom Mirrors – Part IV in our master bath remodel series.  Last night, I shared the ripple effect story – guess what we are now rippling over to framing bathroom mirrors portion of our remodel.  Framing bathroom mirrors is an easy project that should take you no more than 1 hour to complete, plus the time to paint in the color of your choice.  We are going white since our board and batten wainscoting featured on Bob Vila Nation is a bright white.

Make sure you gather everything you need to complete your project before you get started.  Hello I Live Here used the following items:  Ryobi Miter saw, Ryobi Cat Sander, white caulk for bathroom/caulk gun, Stanley tape measure, pencil (2), Liquid nails adhesive, Scotch painters tape, and 3 ¼ in x 8 ft white casing.  We purchased all our products from Lowe’s for this project.

Here’s what we did to get this look:

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

First we cleaned the mirror with Windex (every time I use it, it remind me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding – “put some Windex on it!”)  Next, we measured the bottom of the mirror to 77 5/8” for our project and cut our bottom casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then, cut small amounts out of the top and bottom back of the casing so it will go over the clips and lay flat to the mirror.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Adhere the casing to the mirror with Liquid Nails adhesive and the painters tape to keep the seal.  I also added a bead of caulk around the top, bottom and sides before I set the casing, I wanted to prevent moisture from getting behind the casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then we measured our sides by adding a scrap piece of casing to the top, getting our 33 5/8-in measurement for the side casings.  We cut, added the bead of caulking as we did with the bottom board, and liquid nails.  We set the side casings, and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Note:  we did not like how the casing from the side hung over the bottom, so we used our Ryobi cat sander to round the edges so that wonderful bottom inlay could be seen better.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

The last piece of the puzzle was to cut the top casing to 77 5/8-in, adding the liquid nails adhesive, caulking for protection.  We affixed the casing to the top of the mirror and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

That was pretty easy right?  It took all of 1 hour to complete the whole project.  There were no problems when installing, making our project smooth sailing.  Look at the difference a little molding can make.  From builder drab, to home owner fab 😉

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

We hope you enjoyed Part IV – Framing Bathroom Mirrors in our master bathroom make over.  Tomorrow we will have the last part in our five part series to wrap up the master bathroom (that is until the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect appears again!)  Happy DIY everyone and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here.

Linda

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity – Part III Master Bath Makeover

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to part III of our master bathroom update on updating a bathroom vanity.  Yesterday, we shared how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), and our master bathroom storage we build in the first two parts of the master bathroom makeover.

Today, my post is about the updating a bathroom vanity, that was builder grade, with a splash of color.  I never liked the lighter cabinetry when we purchased our Villa, and I knew I would be updating a bathroom vanity as soon as I could with paint – there is nothing more dull then a vanity you dislike!  So let’s get started on making this dull vanity shine. 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s what you will need for updating a bathroom vanity, which can be purchased from Lowe’s and The Home Depot :

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s the process Hello I Live Here used:

First, we cleaned down the vanity and let dry. Next, we removed the hardware, doors, drawers and false fronts.  Make sure you use painters tape to keep your walls clean if your vanity touches them.)  Then, I used liquid sand and let dry. (Our vanity had a clear finish, using liquid sand before I painted, helped to adhere the primer/paint.)

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Once dry we applied our primer to both sides of the doors, drawer fronts/false panels, and the frame.  We lightly sanded in between the primer and paint color.  Using a tact cloth we removed the excess sand dust and put added the paint color to the vanity.  Once dry repeat a second coat.  After the drying process (the next day) I added two coats of quick dry polyurethane for protection.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Finish the project by reattaching the doors, drawers/false fronts, and adding your new hardware.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Your project is now ready for you to enjoy!

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

I love painting pieces, but the most important thing on a bathroom vanity is to take your time and prep the vanity properly to make sure you don’t have to redo the piece.  I hope you enjoyed Part III of our Bathroom makeover series.  I will be back tomorrow to show you what we do to update the vanity top and mirror/lighting in Part IV.

Have a great night everyone!!

Linda

Hinge Mask and Outlet & Switch Cover Products

Hinge Mask and Outlet & Switch Cover Product

Let’s talk painting today and how the Hinge Mask and Outlet Switch Cover can make your life easier.  We have been doing so many jobs inside our villa this summer; we are down to some of the jobs nobody likes to do – TRIM PAINTING!  Yuck…and guess who drew the short straw – Yep – ME! (I am starting to think all the straws are the same size in hubby’s hand!)

Painting the trim around door-frame hinges and light switches makes me shudder; in fact, my eye is twitching just thinking about it.  I hate using tape that leads to paint bleed on the hinges when you remove it.  It truly makes me crazy, but I figured it had to be done so I got out the tape.  Instead of taping right away, I talked myself into to running over to Porter Paints here in Ballwin, MO on Manchester Road.  I needed the trim color to be the same color white trim original to the villa used by the Jerry the owner of LeBeau and Sons Custom Painting – why change a color that works (truly I wanted to cut down on what I had to paint).  While standing there complaining about how I drew the short straw and having to cut around hinges/switches Joe behind the counter stopped me and said follow me, I have just the product for you, it’s called a Hinge Mask & Outlet Switch Cover.  These products will allow you to keep the paint problem you are having under control.

Hinge mask Box Pic
Hinge Mask Box

 

 

 

 

I was skeptical until he explained, then my eyes lit up after he demonstrated the product and bam, I bought a set of Hinge Mask & Outlet Switch Cover.   Back at home, I was excited to show this product to the hubby, he said too good to be true – but we can give it a try – which is how I got him to help paint instead of passing off the short straw 🙂 .

The Hinge Mask was everything Joe explained and more!  No more time consuming taping to mask off leaving less than desirable results of more work to scrape paint or using hash chemicals.  This wonderful Hinge Mask worked so great, and fast.

Here are the steps:

1.  Remove doors releasing the hinge pin

Door Off Hinges
Door Off Hinges

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Snap Hinge Mask on door hinge

Adding Hinge Mask to Door Hinge
Adding Hinge Mask to Door Hinge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Paint

Paint Door Hinge
Paint Door Hinge

 

 

 

4.  Let Paint dry

Let paint dry while covered with Hinge Mask
Let paint dry while covered with Hinge Mask

 

 

 

 

5. Snap off Hinge Mask,  Re-hang your door – Job complete!!!!!

Snap Off Hinge Mask - rehang door
Snap Off Hinge Mask – rehang door
Hinge Mask Removed No Paint
Hinge Mask Removed No Paint

 

 

 

 

No more taking the hinges off and loosing the screws!  No more masking tape stuck to your fingers or paint bleeds to the hinge – but the best part – they are durable and reusable and if your paint store does not carry them, you can buy them online for around $1.29 each!!!  That’s right $1.29 each!  How happy are you now?  You’re Welcome!

Jerry also has the Outlet & Switch Cover  which complements his Hinge Mask product for around the same price.  This happy yellow jacket covers your outlet receptacles  & light switches, preventing you from shocks from the paint that we all sometimes get in the outlets (yep I admit it I have rolled right over an outlet to save me time from going around it – right or wrong, I have done it.)  But Joe convinced me that covering your outlets and switches properly prevent mess or damage to the receptacle and for around $1.29, your preventing spending over $4 to $7 replace each one you painted (let’s face it – I knew the hubby would love that savings!)  This little yellow jacket pushes on easy, pulls off easy, protects you/ the outlet, and is durable/reusable as well.  See the news just keeps getting better.

outlet & switch box pic
outlet & switch box pic
Outlet & Switch cover easy on easy off
Outlet & Switch cover easy on easy off
Universal outlet and switch cover
Universal outlet and switch cover

 

 

 

 

Going through the rest of Jerry’s products on line, I also discovered he makes a reusable paintbrush cover called the Brush Vest, which sells for around $3.69 each.  These covers work on brushes that are 2″, 2.5″, 3″ and 4″.  This handy cover helps protect your paintbrush investment, and come on we all know what we spend on brushes!  Using this product helps protect/extend brush life, fits straight/angled brushes, is an easy snap on/off design, and allows air to vent so your damp brushes remain dry.  It’s also solvent resistant and is durable/reusable.  For a $3.69 investment, my paintbrush replacement cost just went down!

Brush Vest
Brush Vest

 

 

bv mixed
bv mixed
brush vest box pic
brush vest box pic

 

 

 

 

Jerry LeBeau is a pro painter and the creator of the featured products like Hinge Mask.  Needing to eliminate the tedious and time consuming old way of having to use sticky masking tape to protect door and frame hinges from paint helped LeBeau and Sons Custom Painting keep short straw tasks like taping to minimum. I asked Jerry if I could blog these products so you could see just how wonderful they truly are.  These amazing products were created by a painter for contractors and Do-it-yourselfers like us! If you are as impressed with the products as we are, contact them and place an order.    All I can say is Jerry, you hit this one out of the park !  You truly made this do-it-yourselfer a happy painter.  Again, You’re Welcome!

If you liked the Hinge Mask and Outlet & Switch Cover Products, or want to save the life of your paint brush with help from the Brush Vest, visit Jerry’s products at Pro Painting Products Tell the Linda from Hello…I Live Here sent you.

Here’s to feeling as if the short straw wasn’t so bad now!  If you order and use the products, please let me know your experience and how you love them!

Happy Painting!

-LC