A Round Mirror in the Bathroom

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…

My New Round Mirror

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. Measuring a round mirrorI ended up choosing this round 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.

My New Bathroom Look

A bathroom with a new round mirror And 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). silver round mirror from West ElmThere 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.
A silver round mirror from West ElmIf you’re looking to change out your bathroom mirror (or any heavy round 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!


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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.