Hi sweet friends! It's Ashley here from Cherished Bliss, and I'm so excited to be here with you today! I've been working like a crazy woman the last few months, and I'm finally, finally, finished with our upstairs bathroom! If you happen to follow me on instagram, then you've probably seen some sneak peeks, but it's officially completed as of a few days ago. Today I'm going to share with you a DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Mirror Tutorial!
My favorite thing about this mirror is that you don't need anything fancy to build it! It's a fantastic beginner project, yet still so affective! But today we are going to talk about giving it a farmhouse finish! So get ready to build your own, or find one you want to re finish ; )!
Here is what you will need!
- Wooden Frame Mirror – get the tutorial here (or build your own version)
- Minwax Jacobean Wood Stain
- Lint Free Cloths
- Corner Brace (4)
- Black Hammered Spray Paint
- Gray Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze)
- Paint Brush
- Helmsman's Spray Varnish
DIY Farmhouse Style Mirror Tutorial
After you have your frame sanded and free of any dirt or sawdust you can begin staining it with the lint free cloth and Jacobean Wood Stain. For this step I just barely dipped my cloth into the stain and rubbed it onto the wood. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away any excess stain. Let this dry thoroughly. (Note: I stained mine before I built it because it was freezing and I was working in a small space, but you can totally do this after its assembled). Make sure you stain both sides of the wood though because it will show a reflection of the unfinished side in the mirror… just take my word on this one ; )!
After the stain has dried its time to do a gray wash over the top. To do this I mixed about 1 part paint, one part water (maybe just a touch more water) until you reach a pretty watery consistency. Then using a paint brush, apply the gray paint/water mixture over the stain, and wipe off immediately with a cloth. This will give it a gray washed out look. It's going to appear dull, that's ok, because a sheen will be added during the sealing process. Let this dry.
Once it's all applied it should look like this: (see how it's a little dull… that's ok!)
After it has completely dried, we are going to seal it. Since this will be in a bathroom I went ahead and sealed it with a Helmsman's Spray Varnish. This spray is meant for outdoor furnish and to protect the wood from moisture allowing it to expand and contract as the temperature changes! But if you aren't overly paranoid about your wood the way I am you can just use a regular ol' poly if you prefer.
Now we just have to spray paint the corner brace's (I used Rustoleum's Black Hammered Spray Paint). Once they are dry, attach them to the corners of your frame!
Now the fun part! Hanging it. Since I change my decor up so often I chose to use command strips right on the mirror following the directions (I used 4 on each board, fyi). You can also attach it straight to the wall if you prefer, or even glue it directly to the mirror. The choice is yours, and kind of depends on your bathroom as well.
Thanks so much for reading along with me today guys! I hope you love this bathroom as much as we do! It's always a pleasure to stop in over here with Shannon! Be sure to stay in touch!
Have a Beautiful Day!