As part of our little tour of the guest bathroom re-do, today I’m talking about our guest bathroom’s tile inset mirror.
Sometimes pulling a space together depends on a lot of separate, but equally awesome, parts to make everything look like you have a cohesive space instead of a totally random hodgepodge of a room. As part of our guest bathroom, I spent a lot of time visualizing how I wanted the space to look. A lot. And I also spent a lot of time on Houzz. A lot. I got some great inspiration from photos there, and I could also see how various ideas I had would play out in a bathroom. I particularly relied on Houzz when deciding how to incorporate a mirror onto my wall-full-o-tile. One option was to hang a mirror on top of the tile like this or this. Another option was to inset the mirror into the tile like this or this.
And then there was the shape of the mirror. Round? Rectangle? The look that really caught me was a vanity-to-ceiling mirror behind a floating vanity. Seriously, I’d already made my own floating vanity, so this idea was perfection. Here were my two main inspirations: inspiration one and inspiration two.
So I settled on a tile inset mirror that went up to the ceiling. So I called a local glass company, gave them the dimensions, and then picked it up. Easy peasy. I also had them create a hole in the mirror to insert my light fixture. Here’s how it looked after I brought it home a few days later.
I totally wish I had a video of M and I installing this thing – it was unwieldy, we were hysterical, and there may or may not have been some swear words uttered. But because there is no video, let’s get to reality. The reality of how to keep this mirror on the wall. I really didn’t want brackets or anything visible holding the mirror onto the wall. So I used a few tricks to keep my mirror upright – no one wants a mirror crashing down on them. Here’s how I did it: 1) set the bottom of the mirror on top of the floating vanity; 2) adhere the heck out of that thing with Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive; 3) use the light fixture to hold the mirror onto the wall; and 4) tile right up to that thing and then grout it into place (technically, I am pretty sure you should use caulk, but I didn’t and am fine with the grout-to-mirror look so far).
And that’s it. Mirror complete.
So, I’ve noticed the one glaring omission in this bathroom re-do is the tile walls, so I might have a few words to say about that later this week. Stay tuned. Until then, anyone else totally in love with Houzz? Of course you are, you have a brain. And if you aren’t in love yet, use that brain to get tuned in pronto.