When we fell in love with our quaint little farmhouse, there was one thing we most certainly did not love...
|not so fancy!|
So, we decided to build a proper bathroom in our house.
|building a bathroom turns out to be quite a bit trickier than most of the DIY we do..|
|And true to our style, we decided to use the bathroom before it was even finished.|
One thing however, was missing.. a mirror.
We could have just bought one from the store. But by that time we had gotten so used to making stuff ourselves, that we just thought: 'how hard can it be?'
And after I found this old window-frame online, I came up with a plan!
Not ready to give up my cool window-frame just yet, a different strategy was needed!
So I drove to the nearest thrift-shop and stockpiled all the cheap, frameless mirrors they had. The cashier raised an eyebrow. "are you going to make one of those mirrored ceilings?", he asked. Uhm no, because we do not live in the seventies, and my house is not a film set for adult movies..
|mirror of plenty!|
Then I put on safety gear, told our cats to piss off, which they didn't, so I had to temporarily ground them in the bedroom, and started cutting the glass. Once I more or less knew what I was doing, it was fairly simple..
|measuring the size of the frame..|
|putting the mirror in the tile cutter, and spraying it with WD-40 to prevent the glass from 'burning'|
And made the cut! Once to have scratched the glass with the cutter, a light tap on both sides of the line is enough to break the glass.
I have to admit, there were a few mirrors that didn't entirely break as I wanted to (especially thinner glass was difficult) but on the whole, it was fairly simple!
Finally, I simply glued all the different mirror pieces in the frame with silicone kit, and was done!
|some fake toothbrushing..|
The mirror was very heavy, so I installed it by "simply" drilling thick iron pins into the walls to act as supports (Thankfully, our house has strong, brick walls!)
The drawers of the vanity used to belong to an old work bench, that was left in our house, and although I thoroughly cleaned and sealed them, they still have all the old paint spills, and saw markings on them.
Both our vanity and our mirror as a bit rustic (or to be more specific: rusty), and that may not be everyones cup of tea in a bathroom, but I really love it! It helps that we don't have a toilet in our bathroom, which relaxes my hygiene-standards a little. And the distortion of the different mirrors can be quite funny in the morning, when brushing your teeth :)
|finishing the ceiling is on my to-do list...|
Just to give you some inspiration on going second-hand when remodeling a bathroom, here are some price-indications of the second-hand items we used in our bathroom:
- Clawfoot bathtub: 60,- ( with some added costs to refinish the inside)
- Slate floor tiles: ~100,- for 10 m2
- Vanity: 30,- for the sink, the rest was free because we found it in the house.
- Mirror: 20,- for the frame, about 6,- for the mirrors.
- Old whisky-bottles used as shampoo bottles: free
- Barnabus the toothbrush-dinosaur: no idea ;)
- Green glass storage jars: 1,- a piece ( found in France)
- stool beside the bathtub: 5,-
I have absolutely no idea how much we have saved in totel, but I think it is quite a lot, and most importantly: we now have a bathroom that brings a smile to my face every time I walk into it!
And on a not entirely unrelated topic: while going through my old school work, I found this drawing that I made when I was about five years old, titled: "Marije in the bathtub". I feel ya, kiddo!
I'm looking forward to your thoughts!