A Round Mirror in the Bathroom & More Plans!

Last week we chatted about my hopes and dreams for this little bathroom. Although I wish we could totally renovate this entire space to make it more “me”, I decided against that idea since gutting a bathroom that was renovated right before we bought the house 3 years ago seems a bit wasteful. So instead of starting fresh, I decided that I needed to work with what I got and make the most this space without investing a ton of money.

First order of business — the mirror. Casey encouraged me to ditch the builder-grade mirror that came with the house and swap it out for a ROUND, less matchy-matchy mirror to open up the space. Check out what a difference this simple change made…

Who knew ONE change could make such a significant difference?! I’m in L-O-V-E and can’t believe it took me three years of living in this house to finally swap out the matchy-matchy for something I love so much more. Bathroom_Mirror_RoundI ended up choosing this mirror from West Elm because of its size (30″ diameter), style, and chrome/silver-ish finish. It was a bit of a splurge (at $250) and more than I usually spend on a mirror, but I figured that a couple hundred bucks on a game-changer mirror was A LOT cheaper than the alternative…renovating the bathroom. Bathroom_Mirror_Round-4And to be honest, I’m glad I splurged on something I really loved rather than settling for something cheaper (I usually find that’s when design regret sets in). Bathroom_Mirror_Round-5There is definitely less “mirror space” and more wall exposed with the round mirror when compared to the rectangular mirror (which was something to get used to at first), but now I love that more wall space is exposed because I feel like it gives the whole bathroom a lighter, more airy feel. <— a welcome “trick” in our bathroom since it’s pretty small to begin with.
Bathroom_Mirror_Round-2If you’re looking to change out your bathroom mirror (or any heavy mirror for that matter), you can check out this tutorial on “How to Hang a Heavy Mirror” over on the Zillow blog. We broke down the step-by-step process on how we hung this heavy mirror in my bathroom and shared even more before & after photos of this space there.

And before I go, two random question for you guys.

1. I’m NOT planning on moving anytime soon but hanging this mirror has me thinking IF we ever did move, can I bring the mirror with me? Or does it have to stay? If I do bring it with me, do I have to add the old mirror back in its place? I’m not usually one to save stuff like the old mirror (small house, little storage), but maybe I should just in case? If you have any experience with this, I’d LOVE to hear your feedback. Since it’s a pricey mirror that I really love, I want to make sure I plan accordingly for the long run. Again…. I’m NOT moving, just been randomly wondering about this since I’ve hung this mirror up.

ampersand bathroom2. Am I crazy for wanting to add a little wood wall treatment in this small space?! Dare I say…. SHIPLAP?! (AH!) I’ve been wanting to experiment with shiplap for awhile now and I feel like this may just be the perfect space to give it a try (why not…. right?). AND on top of that, the situation currently happening over the toilet — it’s gotta go (eek). It’s been there since right after we moved in and let’s just say, my style has changed a bit. I feel like a little bit more white, some clean lines and simplifying this space will make this space a lot more “me”.

What do you think? Have you had experience with shiplap? Specifically in the bathroom? Any tips, tricks, advice? HELP! Bridget Signature

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  • Heather

    Looks great! Totally inspiring me to switch out our builder grade mirrors. I think they are glued to the wall, so it will take some serious commitment to make the switch and that makes me nervous design-wise.

    My vote is take the mirror with you if you leave. It isn’t like you would be leaving the new owners without

    • Thanks Heather!! And I’m glad this could provide a little inspiration. I seriously can’t believe what a difference it makes. Good luck with the glue, I’d really love to hear how that process goes since I know a lot of people are in that same exact boat!

  • Heather

    Looks great! Totally inspiring me to switch out our builder grade mirrors. I think they are glued to the wall, so it will take some serious commitment to make the switch and that makes me nervous design-wise.

    My vote is take the mirror with you if you leave. It isn’t like you would be leaving the new owners without

    • Thanks Heather!! And I’m glad this could provide a little inspiration. I seriously can’t believe what a difference it makes. Good luck with the glue, I’d really love to hear how that process goes since I know a lot of people are in that same exact boat!

  • Trang

    Hi Bridget. I say that you can certainly take the mirror with you IF you ever move because you love it so much. If and when that time comes, I’d just buy a cheap mirror (from IKEA?) and replace it for the new owners.
    I’m in the moving situation currently and there are certain light fixtures that I like in my current house. I am going to take them with me, but replace them with a generic, commonly found light. that way, the new owners can either replace it if they want. Besides, who’s to say that the new owners would like the light fixtures I like and not replace them?

    • TRANG… seriously LOVEEEEEE this idea! I would have NEVER thought to take it down before we would ever show the house. What a simple tip but how genius!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! And to replace it with a cheaper IKEA mirror in the meantime, thank YOU for your insight. #sold

  • Trang

    Hi Bridget. I say that you can certainly take the mirror with you IF you ever move because you love it so much. If and when that time comes, I’d just buy a cheap mirror (from IKEA?) and replace it for the new owners.
    I’m in the moving situation currently and there are certain light fixtures that I like in my current house. I am going to take them with me, but replace them with a generic, commonly found light. that way, the new owners can either replace it if they want. Besides, who’s to say that the new owners would like the light fixtures I like and not replace them?

    • TRANG… seriously LOVEEEEEE this idea! I would have NEVER thought to take it down before we would ever show the house. What a simple tip but how genius!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! And to replace it with a cheaper IKEA mirror in the meantime, thank YOU for your insight. #sold

  • Teran

    I would also add that if you are planning to take the mirror, you may want to consider replacing it before you start showing the house out of courtesy to a potential buyer. It could be really frustrating and disappointing for them to come home on moving day to find something missing that they were expecting to see. Alternatively, you could make it clear in the notes to realtors who show the property that you will be taking the current mirror but replacing it with a new style.
    Your “new” bathroom looks beautiful!

    • I love this idea of swapping it out BEFORE we show the house. We would never want the new homeowners to feel mad/sad/disappointed during such an exciting time. Love, love, love that tip! Thank you so much, Teran!

    • Yes, absolutely agree! When you enter into a contract, you’re promising them the house in its current condition–so it’s really smart to change it out before showing!

  • Teran

    I would also add that if you are planning to take the mirror, you may want to consider replacing it before you start showing the house out of courtesy to a potential buyer. It could be really frustrating and disappointing for them to come home on moving day to find something missing that they were expecting to see. Alternatively, you could make it clear in the notes to realtors who show the property that you will be taking the current mirror but replacing it with a new style.
    Your “new” bathroom looks beautiful!

    • I love this idea of swapping it out BEFORE we show the house. We would never want the new homeowners to feel mad/sad/disappointed during such an exciting time. Love, love, love that tip! Thank you so much, Teran!

    • Yes, absolutely agree! When you enter into a contract, you’re promising them the house in its current condition–so it’s really smart to change it out before showing!

  • Erin

    I agree with Teran! you may want to replace it prior to putting the house on the market. other than that I wouldn’t store the old mirror.

    With that said. we have actually replaced our dining light in the condo, and naturally it’d be something I’d want to take with me, however, it may not actually fit in the new “future” home. so we never saved the old light, plus we’re tight on storage space. so i wouldn’t stress too much about it!

    and beautiful choice!!!

    • Me too!! Why didn’t I think of that?!! And thank you so much about your kind words on the “new” bedroom, I do feel like it’s far more me. =)

  • Erin

    I agree with Teran! you may want to replace it prior to putting the house on the market. other than that I wouldn’t store the old mirror.

    With that said. we have actually replaced our dining light in the condo, and naturally it’d be something I’d want to take with me, however, it may not actually fit in the new “future” home. so we never saved the old light, plus we’re tight on storage space. so i wouldn’t stress too much about it!

    and beautiful choice!!!

    • Me too!! Why didn’t I think of that?!! And thank you so much about your kind words on the “new” bedroom, I do feel like it’s far more me. =)

  • Leslie Sasser Jackson

    Beautiful mirror, Bridget! Good choice! If you are still attached to the mirror by the time you move, I say take it! Just disclose it to your realtor so that he/she can let any potential buyers aware as they walk through.
    Have you heard of monkey hooks? Several years ago a friend let me in on the secret of the monkey hook (holds up to 50lb and very minimal damage to the wall)! The monkey hook comes in a flush mount as well. Check it out. You won’t be sorry!

    • Thank you Leslie! And Monkey Hooks…. I NEED to look into these ASAP! They sound ah-mazing. Thank YOUUU for opening our eyes!

  • Leslie Sasser Jackson

    Beautiful mirror, Bridget! Good choice! If you are still attached to the mirror by the time you move, I say take it! Just disclose it to your realtor so that he/she can let any potential buyers aware as they walk through.
    Have you heard of monkey hooks? Several years ago a friend let me in on the secret of the monkey hook (holds up to 50lb and very minimal damage to the wall)! The monkey hook comes in a flush mount as well. Check it out. You won’t be sorry!

    • Thank you Leslie! And Monkey Hooks…. I NEED to look into these ASAP! They sound ah-mazing. Thank YOUUU for opening our eyes!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl Love the mirror! And I love shiplap also! I don’t have any in my house though, maybe someday!

    • Aw, thanks so much Shawnna! I am excited to try the shiplap and like you, it will be my first time so fingers crossed everything goes as I envision!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl Love the mirror! And I love shiplap also! I don’t have any in my house though, maybe someday!

    • Aw, thanks so much Shawnna! I am excited to try the shiplap and like you, it will be my first time so fingers crossed everything goes as I envision!

  • Katie

    Go for it! I think bathrooms are the best place to experiment because they can be a little change up (and a fun surprise for guests) from the rest of your home. I painted stripes in my hall bath from a Young House Love tutorial (same colors and all) and I just love it. Plus smaller space = less materials = cheaper redo.

    • YES, YES, and YES…. I think you single handedly sold me! And I know exactly which bathroom you’re talking about from YHL’s (first?) house. LOVE!!

    • Katie

      Yep! That’s the one!

  • Katie

    Go for it! I think bathrooms are the best place to experiment because they can be a little change up (and a fun surprise for guests) from the rest of your home. I painted stripes in my hall bath from a Young House Love tutorial (same colors and all) and I just love it. Plus smaller space = less materials = cheaper redo.

    • YES, YES, and YES…. I think you single handedly sold me! And I know exactly which bathroom you’re talking about from YHL’s (first?) house. LOVE!!

    • Katie

      Yep! That’s the one!

  • Bridget – I love the mirror! Looks great in the bathroom!! As a realtor we see exclusions all the time!! It’s not a big deal at all. When you decide to sell and sign a listing agreement make sure your realtor knows what the exclusions are. If anything attached is not staying. Sellers will take chandeliers, mirrors, drapery sometimes if it is going to fit in their new home. The agent can add the exclusions in the agent remarks of the listing sheet. You can either hang the original mirror back up or wait and see if the interested buyer asks for a credit. They may be fine with you taking it and not replacing it with anything if they know up front that you are taking the mirror. Since the new mirror looks so great in there and really brightens up the bath the professional photographs will look much better with the new mirror so I would leave it up for photos and showings!

  • Bridget – I love the mirror! Looks great in the bathroom!! As a realtor we see exclusions all the time!! It’s not a big deal at all. When you decide to sell and sign a listing agreement make sure your realtor knows what the exclusions are. If anything attached is not staying. Sellers will take chandeliers, mirrors, drapery sometimes if it is going to fit in their new home. The agent can add the exclusions in the agent remarks of the listing sheet. You can either hang the original mirror back up or wait and see if the interested buyer asks for a credit. They may be fine with you taking it and not replacing it with anything if they know up front that you are taking the mirror. Since the new mirror looks so great in there and really brightens up the bath the professional photographs will look much better with the new mirror so I would leave it up for photos and showings!