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Bathroom Mirror Makeover

If you're looking for a way to spruce up your bathroom without spending a fortune to remodel, you may consider giving your mirror a makeover.

"Framing the mirror, just a small mirror would make a huge difference in the room," says homeowner Leeza Hood.

From boring to beautiful with one easy change! This small project can make a huge statement, without spending a lot of money.

"I saw it on a home makeover show and I saw the dramatic difference it made just by framing a plain Jane mirror that came with a custom house, so I decided that I'd give it a shot," said Leeza.

Without any prior handyman experience, homeowner Leeza Hood decided to give the mirror makeover a try.

"It's very easy. If you have the time and the patience and know how to work a measuring tape you definitely know how to do it at your house," said Leeza.

First, measure the height and width of the mirror. For the frame, you can use pieces of crown molding, or "chair rails" that typically go on the walls. At Lowe's home improvement store, Leeza had more than 100 options to choose from. Prices vary from about $8 each to $15 for each piece of trim.

"You can either stain it, paint it," said Leeza. "Once you do that it's as easy as using a miter saw or miter box to cut your angles to fit the mirror together. Use some liquid nail to put it on the back. You want to make sure that when you are doing your glue, your liquid nails on the middle of your trim, make sure you go directly down the middle that way it's not too close to the edge and you won't be able to see it in the reflection of the mirror."

After it's set Leeza puts painters tape over the trim to help hold it in place while the glue dries.

Your cut pieces of frame may match up just perfect, but if they don't Leeza recommends using wood filler on the edges after the frame is glued to the mirror. Then, go back with stain and cover the wood filler with the stained color.

From plain and simple to bold and eye catching, the mirror takes on a whole new look. This amazing bathroom transformation project cost 70 bucks. But this bathroom mirror is pretty big, about 5 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet.

Now, if you don't want to do this project yourself, there are companies out there that will come in and frame your existing mirror.

"Mirror Makeover" makes custom frames for your existing mirrors with prices starting at $135. If you have a smaller mirror, craft stores sell ready-made frames for about 50 bucks. All you would have to do is glue it on.

Leeza has some advice for anyone considering doing this.

"Do it," she says, "It makes a huge difference. Just be prepared that once you do it everybody in your family and your friends are you going to want you to do it also."

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