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Kid-Friendly Guest Bathroom – Mirror Update!

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Hey friends!
Well, we made a bit of progress on the kids’ bathroom refresh this weekend by pulling down the large, unframed mirror over the double sinks.  These huge mirrors in both our bathrooms and their removal have really held me back from updating the spaces, and I’m not sure why.  I guess the thought of pulling a huge mirror off the wall always intimidated me too much, so I’d move on to other projects instead of figuring this one out, ha!

Toyed around with just framing the mirror as it was, but I decided I’d like to do two mirrors in here, one over each sink…so down it came!  I was so paranoid about this ordeal and imagined shards of glass flying off in every direction or huge chunks of wall being ripped out, but it actually only took about 20 minutes start to finish, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d thought!  See below…

After church, hubs placed duct tape across the surface and edges of the mirror in order to stabilize it as it came down.  When the mirror inevitably cracked in places during removal, the duct tape kept it from falling or shattering.  Instead, it simply “bent” and was held together by the tape.  There were itty bitty pieces that came loose, but nothing like I’d imagined.

The next step was using small wooden shims and a crowbar (gently!) behind the mirror to begin prying it free.  We didn’t know what kind of glue was behind the mirror nor where/how it had been applied, so it was a bit of a scavenger hunt.  😉 Slowly but surely, he worked the mirror away from the wall!  (For more specific info, there are lots of helpful YouTube videos that we watched in preparation.  We are not professionals by any means!)

We’d assumed the glue would have been applied in large swirls all around the back of the mirror (not sure why, but that’s what was on all the YouTube videos we watched so we’d thought it would be the same here).  Instead, the builder had installed the mirror with huge chunks of adhesive, so we’ll need to sand those down and patch a couple of small holes before moving on to the next phase.   All in all, it was seriously WAY less of an ordeal than I’d thought it would be!

Here are a few of the mirror options I’m eyeing at the moment, keeping in mind I want this to be a budget-friendly refresh suitable for my four daughters to use NOW…and also suitable for resale in the not-so-distant future.  Such a weird line to walk!  I want to be wise for resale, but I also want to LIVE and LOVE the house we are in at the same time.  GAH.  Such a strange middle space, but we’ll figure it out – which one is your favorite for a whimsical little girls’ bathroom?!

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  1. Linda says:

    The last option is my favorite. Pretty and practical.

  2. Kristin J says:

    The rectangle chippy (2nd to the last). Seems it would look good now and be good for resale as well. Also you can get some pretty affordable mirrors now a days, so if the distant lenders want to replace its simple and affordable

  3. Jennifer says:

    I just bought the brass round two weeks ago for my girls’ bath and I love it, it’s simple and beautiful!

  4. Jen says:

    I vote for the chippy paint rectangle mirror. It looks more neutral, to fit with a variety of design styles, which may appeal more to potential buyers in a resale situation. However, the circle with the “flower” inside, is a pretty design that seems like it would work with most design styles too (again thinking about potential buyers).

  5. Becky says:

    Love the green one! 😍

  6. Kelsi Ware says:

    The arch or chippy 😊

  7. Jessica says:

    The first one! Not typical but still special!

  8. Pam Austin says:

    The second or last one!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love the flowers! I think you should do whatever you like best. As long as a buyer isn’t doing a full bathroom renovation, I wouldn’t think replacing mirrors would be too much that it would hinder a sale. You could always get something more practical when the time comes and take the flowers with you.

  10. Julie says:

    Loving the 1st and last one 🙂

  11. Marcelle says:

    Round brass or green! 💗💚

  12. MamaLowe324 says:

    Love the rectangular chippy mirror, as you said…you cant go wrong. The floral pattern is super cute too but as you well know, it will not appeal to everyone for resale…especially if said new homeowners have only boys…lol

  13. Lyrain sharp says:

    I like the green old fashion one but it would go great my bathroom lol! It’s only $75.00 two cost the same one of some of them.

  14. brooke says:

    I have wanting that round mirror for my future nursery for months!! But for your girl’s bathroom I like one that is more uniquely shaped like the top right or one of the flower looking ones.

  15. Angelina White says:

    I say the green or first one. Both are so cute and I love the little caddy on the green one. I think either would be good for resale too. Good luck deciding, I’m so bad at making decisions.

  16. Chantelle says:

    Definitely the last one. So cute for this bathroom.

  17. Leslie says:

    #3 round brass clean simple lines or #6 round but with a girly tough with the scalloped center.

  18. Julie says:

    I love the last one…washed wood circle w/ quatrefoil design inside….and I don’t find it limiting when it comes to resale…. the girls could see it as flowers and future buyers could see it as geometric design🤪🤫👍

  19. Adelaide says:

    All cute choices! For me, it would come down to scale. It’s hard to choose without knowing how much (or how little) space would be taken up above the vanity. Some adorable mirrors might look a little too tiny with gaping space around them. Could you cut out your favorite mirrors’ dimensions in butcher paper and tack it up to see how well each set would fit?
    Can’t wait to see what you choose! No doubt it will be amazing!

  20. Debbie Wade says:

    I looked long at each. Each one is beautiful! I like the first the bronze gold frame and it seems would draw your eyes up for height. You’re awesome Erin in decor and I’m sure you’ll pick just the right one.

  21. Kimberly Smith says:

    The green or last one. Pink and green would be perfect for your girls. Feminine and preppy with classic white tile.

  22. Mel says:

    I vote 1st or 3rd options! But I’m super into brass these days. I have the green one in my baby girls room above our reading chair and put 3 mismatched mini vases with a (fake) flower in each. So cute. Would def be small for main bathroom mirrors. But nice for side wall decor with glass jars of qtips and cotton balls or old medicine bottles or something fun. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  23. Nicole says:

    I love the first and last option! I also think it’s a good option when you go to resale as well as they are still cute but stylish for the girls now and I think any home owner would love in the future.

  24. Melissa W. says:

    I like the 1st option. It’s a great middle ground between being great for little girls and I think for resale as well. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  25. Michelle says:

    I like the first one best!

  26. Cassandra says:

    I like the flower one (#2)

  27. I’m loving the green pharmacy mirror. I have a similar round one in my toilet room and I have apothecary brown bottles on the shelves with a potted succulent on the shelf.
    Let’s us know what you choose….

  28. Crystal says:

    The last two!!!!!!! 😉

  29. Allison Kennedy says:

    Loving the arch and chippy rectangle! Can’t wait to see the final product! ☺️

  30. Martha says:

    Ok, I LOVE the flower mirror!!!

  31. Rebecca Perry says:

    Live the arch, circle and chippy. The arch is really speaking to me. Whatever you choose I know you’ll make it amazing!

  32. Pat says:

    The brass flower, #2, or the wood that looks like a flower. I’m calling it for the girls! 😉 Who knows what the future will bring so do what you and the girls want! Future buyers will most likely redecorate anyway.
    I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer but after losing my granddaughter, I say do things now! Don’t put off fun due to the “what ifs”. 💞

  33. Andrea Davis says:

    I love the first one! Beautiful yet timless 😻 they are all so pretty tho!!! Lol

  34. Marci says:

    Omg so my husband had to do this exact same thing last week, duck tape and all! My sweet housekeeper was cleaning the mirror in my son’s bathroom and it just started falling towards her off the wall! Sooo glad I was home! We will be getting 2 mirrors ASAP!

  35. Rosanna says:

    Love, love, love the last one and the brass circle mirror. The last one is so cute and still has the cute “flower” for your girls!

  36. Heather says:

    This might be a silly question but how did you dispose of the old mirror? We are thinking of taking down a few of our builder grade mirrors but I am not sure what to do with them when they are down. I don’t think our garbage men would really appreciate that gift

  37. Shawn says:

    I love the large, simple brass one. I know you will pick just the right one and I will love it in your space.

  38. Abbie says:

    #1 is perfect with 2! Timeless and great for resell!

  39. LizM says:

    I love the green one!!! I have seen it in black as well which I love. The price on that one is great – but might be a bit small for the space.

    The last one is probably the best for price, resale, and style!

  40. Mandy says:

    Can’t go wrong with the chippy rectangle. And it’s by far the best for resale.

  41. Stephenie Weissinger says:

    I love #1!
    Don’t worry about resale. You can take the mirrors with you, replacing them with cheap ones before you go.
    No one will pass on a home due to the bathroom mirrors anyway 🙂

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