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Make your mirror the most beautiful of all

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Most homes have at least one, by default not by choice. A boring, frameless, builder-grade bathroom mirror is unfortunately standard in almost every apartment and house.

Your choices are to live with it, or remove it from the wall, attempt a date with a sash and replace it with a decorative hanging mirror.

To be fair, those mirrored glass sheets stuck to your wall get the job done. They help you shave, apply makeup and fix your fly. This is the best you can say about them. As for their aesthetic value, they have none.

Friends, you don’t have to live with this.

If more people knew about MirrorMate, a North Carolina-based company that makes custom, do-it-yourself mirror framing kits, we could end this widespread bathroom plague.

When I discovered MirrorMate 13 years ago, it was too late. I had recently finished building a house and told the builder not to install the basic bathroom mirrors because I was planning to buy and hang mine, thank you. What I have done. It was expensive and time consuming. The mirrors were heavy, difficult to hang, and never aligned like the attached mirrors.

Shortly after this painful process, I learned that owner Lisa Hunting had faced the same problem, only she found a better solution, which became a patented product and a business. It was genius. I swore that next time I would use his product.

That day finally came four years after my DC husband and I purchased the Happier Yellow House. Although I had planned from the start to frame the boring mirrors in three bathrooms, I needed to replace the dated bathroom fixtures first. These would influence my choice of mount.

Last spring, we finally traded in the first dungeon fixtures for millennium silver fixtures, and last month the mirrors received their frame.

The impending visit of seven sisterhood sisters from five states for a long weekend of reunion at my house shocked me. (DC submitted a prayer request to the church.) Their approach blew up a dozen deferred home improvement projects, including the upholstery of the bathrooms they would use. On the company’s website, I browsed 67 styles of frames and made my choices. Then, to have a full customer experience, I used the company’s free design consulting service. Kate Hart, interior designer and professional home stager, reviewed my photos, reviewed my selections, and directed me to three best options.

She suggested that I order frame samples to make sure. Because that would have been the smart and prudent thing to do, I skipped this step and went straight to “order now”.

When the frame kits arrived, I opened the boxes and got to work. I built and assembled three frames in less than three hours. I only bugged my husband twice to help me attach the two larger frames. The cost was around $ 200 each.

After: New fixtures and a sleek, personalized frame from MirrorMate instantly updated and improved this master bathroom mirror.

“Why isn’t everyone doing this?” I asked Kevin Button, who bought the company from Hunting last May.

“Good question,” he said, adding that what attracted him to the business was that his product offered a creative, affordable and stylish solution to a common problem. “Anyone can do it, and it’s green,” he said. “You don’t throw old mirrors in the landfill. It’s simply a brilliant upgrade.

OK.

• How much? Prices range from $ 102 for a single vanity mirror (24 “x36”) in the cheapest frame style, to over $ 200, depending on style and size. The average price is $ 178, Button said.

• How do you choose? Customers often ask if they should match their cabinets or fixtures, Hart said. “While it’s always safe to coordinate the frames with the hardware, you can also consider framing your mirror like a work of art and pairing a wood frame with the cabinets. Although Hart likes to mix metals, she doesn’t advise mixing wood tones. “I wouldn’t put a cherry wood frame with an oak cabinet.”

• What is popular? The trend is for thinner profiles and more elegant silver finishes, and away from ornaments, thick and heavy. Seven years ago, consumers wanted frames 3 inches thick or more. Today they want 3 inches thick or less, she says. Rustic is also warm.

• What if my mirror has intrusive clips or takes? Part of the beauty of the product is that Hunting invented a workaround for almost any anomalies, including mirrors attached with clips and those with no space between the wall or backsplash, beveled edges and intrusive exits. The only mirrors they cannot frame are oval or round mirrors.

• What if my mirrors have lost some silver? Desilvering is common and occurs when the silver backing of mirrors, which makes them reflective, comes off and creates dark spots. This usually happens at the edges. Because steam and humidity speed up the process, the problem is especially common in bathrooms, Button said. Harsh cleaning products can also help. The mirrors I framed all had penniless edges and the frames completely obscured the problem.

• What if I renovate? Whenever you want to change the frame, remove it and paste a new one.

Marni Jameson is the Own to Leave the Legacy you want. You can reach her at marnijameson.com.