I am just amazed at the advice, ideas, and inspiration I get from the postings on the staging groups on ActiveRain.
A few weeks ago, I learned about MirrorMate frames, a wonderful way to update a plain bathroom mirror. I checked out the MirrorMate website and found examples of beautiful frames decorating plain and bare mirrors. Unfortunately, as was mentioned in the blog, the custom order frames are pretty expensive.
I had a small mirror in a small bathroom that really needed dressing up. The cost to order a custom frame from MirrorMate was between $122.00 and $192.00 depending on the style of frame I ordered. Unfortunately, the cost was just not in the budget. I went to the framing department of a local hobby store that was advertising custom frames at 50% off. The price for the custom frame would be $62.00 - better, but still too high. So, I went to a home store and purchased unfinished molding and some stain. I measured, made the miter cuts, connected the corners, applied two coats of stain and had a beautiful frame to use in this bathroom. I applied the frame directly to the mirror with silicone adhesive.
This was my first frame, my prototype, and they will only get better with practice (I am now working on two white frames), but for less than $15.00 I think it looks pretty darn good. I hope you will agree.
Stagers, please keep posting all those wonderful tips - this stager REALLY REALLY appreciates them.