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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ok Ladies, I Need Advice

I think I am finally coming up with a few things that will totally make the hall bathroom wonderful.  Just a cosmetic facelift, but I think it will definitely change the look dramatically.  This is my summer project, so I am getting anxious to get started.

This is my inspiration picture.



 This is the mirror I have my eye on.  I love this shape and I think it will be perfect for my room. The mirror is from Classy Mirrors and is $162.00  It is 26"wide x 36" high, so just the perfect size for the vanity. While this is not an expensive mirror, this would be my big splurge for this redo.






Then I found this frame at Hobby Lobby. $79.99 and with 50% off,= $40.  It is 28 x 36, so a little bit larger than the current mirror I have.  I already have the sheet mirror I took down from this space, and to have it cut to fit the frame is only $10.  I think this is going to win out.  $50 versus $162.  


Not sure if the one above is way too much for the bathroom, so I might try my hand at gilding the mirror I already have.  It is a nice heavy wood one and would look fabulous if it was antique gold.  It measures 26 x 32.  I already have some gilders paste and I can buy a pack of gold leaf really cheap, so I might be able to rehab the one I have for about $15.   (Yes, I am definitley taking the medecine cabinet out and patching the hole with sheetrock so it matches the wall.   Ok, ladies, give me some input.  Which way to go with the mirror?  I want this to look elegant, not cheap or like a bordello.



 This is the style of faucet that I really like.


 This is the large buffalo check fabric in Biscuit that I will make the shower curtain out of.  A nice heavy weight cotton and is $21.99 yd. It is from Decorative Fabrics Direct.   I will need 4 yds.  I have 91/2 ft. ceilings and I like for my curtains to go all the way to the ceiling. ( I always have a seperate shower liner behind on a seperate rod, but I do line it with a fabric shower liner too, so no worries about it getting wet)


That's a total of $331.95 if I go with the scroll mirror, or a total of $221.95 if I go with the rectangle mirror.  If I can gold leaf the mirror I have, then I can come in around$180.  I was hoping to do everything for around $200, so I am pushing it really close.  I'm having a hard time trying to convince myself the scroll mirror is worth $110 more than the rectangle, plus it just might be too much for the bathroom anyway..  I have several accessories that I can repurpose, so that will help with the total cost.

Remember, this is my builder basic bathroom that I am working with.  I have some fabulous artwork that is being reframed, so I think this room will look totally different with some elegant accessories.


To Do List:
Remove medecine cabinet and patch hole
Paint Walls- Valspar Antique Fiolli Lace (soft creamy beige )
Paint Cabinet - Antique White
Install new faucet
Hang new mirror
Make shower curtain
Add accessories



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65 comments:

  1. I love the choices you have made for your curtain, and faucet. As for the mirror....that gold curvy one is really a beauty! I am bad about going for the least expensive route, but I would be really tempted to splurge on that mirror! I think it would look so elegant. You will make the right decision for your room as always! Can't wait for the reveal.

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  2. I think you should do the 2nd mirror from Hobby Lobby. I think the mirror you have would look fine, but I think all the detail on the Hobby Lobby would add a great deal more to your bathroom. I was delighted to read that you are painting your cabinetry, as I think that will make the biggest splash of all. Your bathroom is going to look great. That faucet is lovely. I can't wait to see the end product.
    Thanks, Patty

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  3. What a fun project! Whatever you decide, we know it's going to be Fab! Enjoy and have fun with it!

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  4. This is my honest opinion, You won't do this again for a long time so I would go with the first mirror. I like its curvy shape with the hard edges of the vanity. I think in the long run you will be much happier, LOVE the buffalo check!!
    xo Kathysue

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  5. I like the 2nd mirror from Hobby Lobby. I don't think a mirror anywhere can ever really be too big. I love the faucets and the fabric will be beautiful with everything else in the bathroom. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  6. marty, go with what makes you say, "wow". take it from me, i have shelved what i "loved" for something that would fit my budget. if i would have just bought what i loved and not settfor what would make do, i would have saved me alot of time and money, because nothing was really making me happy.

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  7. All good choices and any of these changes will be a biggie - but honestly if your budget fits it that first mirror is kinda wow awesome and most like your inspiration mirror.

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  8. Hmm... I am wondering if you go with the gold mirror, that you won't have enough contrast in your bathroom since you are also choosing fabric in similar hues. With the second mirror, you will have that, but is there anything else in your bathroom that would be similar in color to add balance?

    If not, then perhaps the gold, (or gold-painted) would be better!

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  9. I'm going along with the Wow factor....splurge and get mirror number 1...it's beautiful and will really make a statement...where the others will just look like what you already have only fancier.....I do like the faucet and with the gold the mirror will really be nice and the fabric for the shower curtain.....fabulous!!! I love buffalo check in any color.....SPLURGE MARTY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Marty....get the one your heart loves...which I think is number one. you can spend the money on others and then you still won't have the look you want....get the mirror!!

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  11. Marty, I LOVE the Buffalo Check curtain fabric. I love traditional, classic lines, so I'd go with the 2nd mirror, but I sense that your heart loves the curvy, first mirror. I say go with your heart and like another popster stated, you won't do this again for a long time, so go for it.

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  12. All your choices are great Marty, but I think, for me, I would go with the first mirror. True, it is expensive, but it will give the most impact because of it's shape than the regular rectangular one. This splurge will be worth it Marty, since it's something you will see and use everyday! Love the over all plan, that faucet looks amazing, good luck!

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  13. Mirror # 1! I love the curves. The fabric looks great too Marty.

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  14. I love all your choices, Marty! I think the frame from Hobby Lobby will work out great and keep you within budget.

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  15. All of your choices are good, but you obviously love the look of your inspiration room or you wouldn't have chosen it. Sometimes biting the bullet and getting that one really great peice just makes a space come alive and makes your heart sing. Go with your gut, saving a little money is not worth the emotional cost of dissatisfaction.

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  16. I have spent too many years settling for 'second best" because it was cheaper. And always feeling that it WAS second best. And usually when I had the funds, would get the one I really wanted in the first place. So now, I go for what I really really want. (within reason, of course) My question, however, is if you get the scrolly mirror if you don't like it can you take it back? I know the HL sale is for one week only so you have to make a decision quickly for that mirror. But I like where you are going with your bathroom!

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  17. Myself I'd go with the gold mirror, I think you would be so thrilled with the look once the room is done.

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  18. I vote mirror #2 from Hobby Lobby.It's strong yet elegant and I like that it has black and gold to give a little more depth to the space. I can't wait to see how the cabinets turn out, I'm tempted to do the same to my bathroom.
    Good luck!
    Karee

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  19. Go for the first, curvy mirror, even if you have to shop around some more for a better price. Then, find wood appliques in a similar shape and apply those to the cabinet doors before you paint them. You only need two knobs, so splurge there for crystal knobs. Think of how long you will live with this re-model. Divide the money by the years enjoyment. You are worth it.

    ~Rebecca

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  20. If you really love it and can swing the extra cost, go with the first mirror. The 2nd one is a nice choice too though. Looking forward to seeing the redo. :)
    hugs,
    Cecilia

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  21. I think mirror # 1 makes a statement, but I think #2 is a better choice for your space. It is also going to be easier to keep clean. All those curves and open spaces are going to catch dust. If this bath is used for hot showers then that dust is going to get damp, stick to all those curves, and be a real pain to keep clean. I speak from experience! I like the simplicity of #2, but that's just me. Love the buffalo check. Your redo is going to look terrific whatever you decide on.

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  22. Love the fabric and the new faucet.........the first mirror is my choice!! All too often I've scrimped and saved and taken the 2nd choice and at this stage in life.....go for the gold!!! That is the one piece of WOW in the bath!! No matter what, all your changes turn out so wonderful!!! hugs....cleo

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  23. Since you seem to like the scroll work, have you thought of adding some decorative wooden pieces to the plain mirror that's already in the room? They're very inexpensive, and would mimic some of the detail that is in your 'dream' mirror. Other than the cost of the gold gilding, it's the most inexpensive way to go. And you'd have left over money to add sconces with a little of the flourish that you like. (just a thought) No matter what you decide, I'm sure it will be wonderful! Can't wait to see the 'after' pictures!

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  24. Buy the curvy one. That's my advice for all furniture haha.

    -Brittany Ruth

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  25. I say Go with the curvy mirror. it will be the statement piece and bring your room together as you see it in your mind.

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  26. I love the Hobby Lobby mirror. A mirror should make a statement and this one will do that for sure. Whatever you decide Marty will come out FAB! Love those faucets:)

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  27. I love the shape of the first mirror. It will make the most change. Great faucet- I have those and love the two tone, since I am a big brass fan. Think the white cabinet will up date your look and will look wonderful with your pretty fabric. It will be a lighter and softer look.

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  28. The first mirror. I hate to say the most expensive one, but This is a small room, that needs major impact and some "Movement" that isn't "square"....the whole room is boxy (square tub, square vanity). The mirror you currently have would probably turn out good, but not great because it doesn't have a lot of detail.

    First one...you can always return it if you don't like it...

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  29. All three choices would be pretty Marty...however your inspiration photo has the gold curvy mirror, so if that is the room you love then go with
    # 1 . I love the Hobby Lobby mirror too but think you should go with the one you love the most..all after all you probably won't redo the bathroom again for awhile.
    Miss Bloomers

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  30. I think the first mirror is the best choice.

    Betty

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  31. For me, the three most outstanding aspects of the inspiration pic are the fabric, the granite and the mirror. You have the fabric, and, if you were willing to splurge on the granite, I'd say the HL mirror. Lacking that, IMHO the curvy mirror takes you closest to the elegance of the inspiration pic.

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  32. I say go with the first one. It matches your inspiration picture the best...and you will always wish you did, if you didn't.

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  33. Hi Marty!
    It is tough making these decisions, ins't it! I'm like you...always trying to do things as economically as possible! For things like this, that you will have for YEARS to come, I say stick to your inspiration. In the end, you will be much happier! Whatever you choose, it is going to be gorgeous!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  34. I would definitely go with mirror #1. It would give a lighter feel in the bathroom as the other two have the heavier wood frame. It is most like your inspiration pic. You do so well with all of your goodwill/thrift finds and repurposing items in your home. You should purchase the mirror
    that you want! It will be a beautiful bathroom. Can't wait to see the pics.

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  35. Marty - I have two of the first mirrors in our home - one over a chest in the foyer and one in the powder room. The curves are everything! I think the Hobby Lobby mirror with its straight lines defeats the purpose and look you are going for. I have received many raves over the Carolina mirror (that's what the curvy one is called here in SC). My vote is the first curvy gold one. I actually got my one in the foyer at a department store years ago and found the second one in an antique mall for only $20! It was in perfect shape! Can't wait to see your completed bathroom. Love your other choices, by the way.

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  36. Hi Marty
    I vote for mirror 1! You asked so that's my opinion. I've always settled and don't get what I really want. I wish you the best in your transformation.

    It will be awesome!

    Hugs
    LaDonna

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  37. Mirror #1 looks more like your inspiration room than mirror #2. Go with your inspiration or you will never be happy, besides... the price only hurts for a little while, once it's up and you see the end result it will all be worth it and the pain in your pocket book will go away!
    Enjoy your fun bathroom project!

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  38. Oh Marty, that checked shower curtain is going to be so fabulous. I love that fabric! Your new faucet is so nice. You are not going to like my answer to your mirror question. I am loving that first mirror (yes, I'm afraid I have expensive taste). The other options will work great too, but won't give you as much of that romantic look as in your inspiration picture (which I love). This is from someone who doesn't buy anything unless it's a bargain, so I can't tell you that I would go with the first mirror if it was my project. I can only tell you that I'd probably be dissapointed with the results if I didn't. I can't wait to see the finished room. No matter what you do, it will be gorgeous. laurie

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  39. I love the choice of chrome and brass...that is what I did in my upstairs bathroom. That way I can change out accessaries silver or brass. To decide things like mirror question...I always ask myself if they were same price...which would I choose. For me I like the Hobby land one.

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  40. Nice choices! I personally would make the mirror the last decision after everything else is in place.

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  41. I love the faucet and the fabric you picked. I like the scroll mirror, it kind of reminds me of an older "dresser mirror", but the rectangle one would definitely work in your space as well. CAn't wait to see what you pick

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  42. I am agreeing with those who are choosing the curvy mirror.... good advice all around.. but from the original dream photo the curvy mirror hits the spot.... and really sets the tone...I tend to think alone the lines that if you dont do it you'll regret it later and always wish you had..... and its not taht much more to have the dreamy look. Don't settle.

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  43. The curvy mirror will really make your space. The curviness of it will break up all the rectangular shapes already going on in your art work frame and the vanity itself--it will provide some visual relief and be very pretty to look at, too! Looking forward to seeing the completed job.

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  44. I always go for the splurge! But I'm wondering if you might be able to find a curvy mirror at a garage sale. It will mean hunting, but you could get it for next-to-nothing and gold-leaf if yourself.

    And speaking of gold leafing, have you tried Martha Stewart's liquid gilding? I'm a big fan of the brass and think it would look fabulous in your bathroom, no matter which mirror you choose.

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  45. Marty,
    So many opinions! I say Hobby Lobby mirror and this is why-I think with the shower curtain, faucet, and painting the cabinets your mirror will be perfect-in fact it may even be a better size. Also-just think of the satisfaction and thrill you will get from saving the $$ and creating your own personalized mirror!
    Happy Hugs-
    Jemma

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  46. Marty, The inspiration bathroom is beautiful! If you love that mirror and don't plan on changing the bathroom for quite a while then I say pay the difference and go with no.1. I settle all the time because something is less expensive and then end up never being totally in love with the look.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  47. I rarely ever comment anymore, just visit and enjoy. Whatever you choose to do, it will be beautiful just like the rest of your home. Now, you really have me in the mood to re-do my bathrooms....all three of them!

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  48. Sounds like a fun project! I like the first mirror best.

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  49. I know you want to save money... but that first mirror is the inspiration for the whole thing. I think you have to look a little harder and see if you can find it less expensive one somewhere else. I just don't thin you will love it any other way.

    No matter what you do the room will look fabulous. Your fixtures are almost identical to ours that we just put in several year ago. :) They still look great!.

    ~Liz

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  50. It is going to be so pretty. I am inspired by your plan and organization. Look forward to your final decisions and the reveal.

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  51. Hi Marty, Its been a long time in keeping up with the blogs but I am here on your post today with your wonderful project you have in mind. I love the gold mirror with the scrolls. Your mirror would probably work as well if you gild it but I wonder if you maybe could add some of those wood appliques or fancy trim at home depot/lowes and then gild the frame. That may give you your wow factor you were looking for and stay in budget. Either way I love your idea for the bathroom.

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  52. I say go with the frame you have and have the mirror cut to size. Get some rub and buff in gold, silver, both and work with it. Make sure to update your handles on the sink base. Good luck.

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  53. Hello Marty,

    Wow! what an incredible plan for your little bathroom. I usually go with what I have on hand, and save my pennies until I can afford what I really want. If the finances are available, that gorgeous curvy mirror is so luscious, and contributes so beautifully to the ambiance of the place that I would go with it. Your inspiration picture is just incredible!

    My husband and I have just bought our first home (a townhome) after many years of renting and we are uber-excited! We hope to stay there for many years. I am looking to make it as lovely as I can. The idea of finding inspiration pictures to inform your ideas for decorating is such a good one and something I hadn't thought about. So your inspiration picture has also inspired me! Thanks so much!

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  54. I think you should pick the one that really speaks to you. Sometimes I find that I like to pick something that might be more money because it works the best. I save in other areas so I can have something special. When I redid my bathroom, I painted the cabinet and found a discount faucet, a discount on the granite top, but spent a lot on my medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware. I have never regretted spending the extra money.
    Bev

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  55. I would go with the second frame. I love that it marries golden and dark tones. The first one is a beauty... But the second is my personal favourite.

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  56. Hi Marty,

    If the first mirror can fit in your budget - I would chose it. It would be a "wow" factor and focal point for your bath. All of them would work just fine though. I really like your material and fixture for the sink area.

    Good luck! I know it will be beautiful.

    Carol

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  57. Though the frame you have is nice it is does not have enough umph to it. You need one with more detail and since I am a penny pincher and though I love your first choice I would say go with the Hobby Lobby frame! That way you get your wow factor but at a savings.Thanx for partying at my place Marty!

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  58. I like the scroll mirror. Such impact. Love your other choices. Susan

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  59. Any one of the three choices will look lovely, but if the inspiration picture is truly something you want to emulate, go with mirror number one. I love saving money as much as the next person (maybe more!), but I always try to remember one of my favorite quotes when deciding on something important...'quality is remembered long after price is forgotten'.

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  60. I never comment. . . . But I LOVE the first mirror and that would be you WOW
    when you walk in your bath. I'm tempted to get it myself. You've inspired me.

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  61. Marty I think anything you do would be stunning. I would probably go with gold-leafing the existing mirror. That would give it a huge face lift. Really love your faucet too!

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  62. lovely choices my friend. The inspiration bathroom is gorgeous. I am sure whatever you select will look great. I like the shape of the gold one. Thank you for sharing at the hop. xo

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  63. Marty..I think the one you have is nice..I do..but the other one..with the detail is fantastic. I know keeping the one you have now and redoing it is tempting.. but..the faucets you have chosen have a bit of the old fashioned touch to them..and so does the mirror. NOT a lot of gold but just a touch. Either way, it's going to be gorgeous! I love the fabric!

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  64. All choices will look great but I think the first mirror will just make the room. One thing to consider is the fact that you are redoing a bathroom. How will the gold leaf take the bathroom humidity and heat? You might just come out ahead with the more expensive mirror and not having to replace it in the future. Face it, you chose a classic mirror. How could you go wrong with any of them. Can't wait to follow your adventure.

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  65. I would go with #1 or #2. #1 is really lovely, and I'm wondering if that's what will make your heart sing since it's similar to your inspiration mirror. If so, I'd say you should splurge on it. But #2 will be a lovely option as well!

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