We’re getting closer and closer to finally finishing our main bathroom redo. We started out with a simple lipstick fix of paint.  It turned into removing the tub enclosure doors, adding crown molding, tearing out the vinyl floor and replacing it with tile, and now removing the builder’s grade mirror and replacing it with something fresh.  Even the impending holiday visit from the college son isn’t making us move any faster.  We’re doing it slowly and well because we want something to be proud of.

We checked our local Home Depot while picking up yet another gallon of my favorite paint and was disappointed with the selection available. Armed with some ideas of what we were looking for, we searched for bathroom furniture and mirrors online.  It feels a little weird picking out a mirror online, but when you have an old house you get used to not being able to buy things right off the home improvement store shelf.

I found several contenders even though our space is wide and most mirrors are tall. I thought about placing an oval mirror sideways (landscape instead of portrait), but when I showed the hubby a photo of one he said it looked like something out of Star Trek..in his world, that means “that looks stupid”.

Here’s one I love, but it would completely fill the space:

Howard Elliott Saturn Mirror – 2118 $272 Free Shipping

Simple and elegant large round bathroom vanity mirror

Simple lines, silver, and large are this mirrors best assets

40″ H x 40″ W, 27 lbs

The customer reviews rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars and many of the commentators remark on how beautiful it is in person.  I like that it’s simple but elegant. I love the beaded design.  I did a Google search for this mirror and it’s sold many places, all for this price or higher.

And then I saw this mirror….

Country Spa Bathroom Mirror for our bathroom remodel

Cottage feel which we can mimic with our current mirror in place

Bath2o Élan White Wood Wall Mirror – 10015215 $125 Free Shipping – DIY version $50 ish?

…and thought, we can totally do that with the mirror we have in place, only it would be square instead of rectangle. We’d have to do the bottom differently as we don’t have the clearance, but it doesn’t even have mitered corners and it’s perfect for a cottage bathroom.  Plus we can paint it with the same Martha Stewart Chalk White as the vanity.

Hubby built a frame for our master bathroom mirror awhile ago but it was a bit of a nightmare.  First because it was so dang large, and second because the frame had to sit on the surface of the mirror because there wasn’t enough clearance on two of the walls.  I think this mirror modification would  be easier.

The reviews on this one are fabulous, but it’s really small. At least it feels small because we’ve always had a mirror that filled the whole area.  The vanity is 48″ wide, it just feels like a 27″ wide mirror would be dwarfed.

Wish me luck and I’ll let you know if he makes it or we buy the round one above. Oh, and we have the floor tiles down to two choices…baby steps!

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