Painting Our Quatrefoil Mirror Over The Sink

The deed is done. Everyone on Team Paint The Mirror White (not to be confused with Team Edward, which I’m totally a member of) can rejoice. Our mirror above the sink went from this:

To this:

And I guess we should show how it originally looked when we moved in for the full before:

But back to the white paint choice. After much thought (and a decent amount of flip-flopping) we decided to go with our first instinct and paint the mirror white to match the trim. It definitely looks integrated and a bit less heavy, so the nook is now a little less look-at-me-right-now distinct (which is a good thing since we’re trying to make it blend in as opposed to stand out). Now it looks as if it’s always been there, and it’s not too high contrast to draw all attention to the sink nook.

So my apologies to all other teams (like: Leave It Black, Paint It Gray, Paint It Teal, Paint It Yellow, Paint It Gold, Paint The Molding Black, and Paint The Vanity Black). We definitely considered all possibilities and there’s certainly more than one way to skin this cat (gross expression, sorry). All of those options probably would have worked, but in the end it just had to come down to good old fashioned personal preference. And you know we love us some white…

Speaking of white, here’s how we got the look: Behr’s Premium Plus Paint (the can of paint with primer & paint in one) in off-the-shelf white in a semi-gloss finish. I just brushed on four thin and even coats with a paint brush. I did this instead of spray priming and spray painting it (which we’d usually recommend, and would also work swimmingly) because the Behr primer/paint stuff is low-VOC and spray paint isn’t. Thankfully it worked like a charm. Oh and I used a straight razor to scrape the paint off the surface of the mirror for a nice clean result.

And for those who like contrast, don’t blow a gasket. Here’s what it looks like at night:

We actually LOVE that going with white was the bold choice at night since we spend a lot of not-day time in the bedroom, and the white frame totally pops out from that black background out the window for awesome at-night drama that we can enjoy before heading off to sleep. Back when it was black it practically disappeared at night.

And look, here I am:

Stop the presses. My hair is down. Can you believe it? I know. Shocking stuff. After many many requests, there you have it. It’s like a ponytail but different. For actual video footage of me with my hair down (and a whole bunch of it’s-Friday giddiness) check out this Texas road trip video of yore. That trip was For reals.

Oh and although there are a ton of Team Frost The Windows peeps out there, we’re leaving them bare for now. Just because we like looking out ’em when we’re tooth brushing in the morning. Sometimes we spot a robin or two at the bird feeder. Shucks, that’s quaint. So even though they look frosted in a few of the photos, they’re not.

And for those wondering what things look like from the neighbor’s perspective (it’s a side window), since we live on almost an acre of land, we’re pretty far apart apart. But here’s what it looks like during the day from about a fifth of the distance between our houses:

Yup, it’s invisible (most exterior windows are reflective during the day, and ours is no exception). We even took the shot above with the bathroom light on to hopefully highlight the silhouette but all you see are the sky and some tree branches reflecting on the window panes during the day.

And here’s what it looks like at night:

So not bad right? I mean, we have 99 curb appeals problems, but the mirror ain’t one. Yes, that’s a reference to 99 Problems by Jay Z. Because I’m gangsta like that.

Psst- Why Team Edward and not Jacob? Even though I’m from Jersey, tan juice-head body-builders have never been my type. As demonstrated by my tall, angular, and sometimes pale hubby. Does it make me insane to admit that the whole time I read Twilight, I actually pictured John as Edward? Remember this was before the world had been introduced to Robert Pattinson.

Psssssst- To everyone worried about if I could reach the buttons on the dryer, we updated that post with a pic of me in action. Go Team Five Foot Two Inches!


  1. Crystal says

    I totally did that too!!!! I thought I was the only one! haha It wasn’t totally Blake (my hubby) but it was like a “description in the book” plus “Blake’s features that I love!” But I read them after I saw the movies (yeah I was one of those people) so I had quite a few hybrids going on in my head. But, in the books, I am Team Edward ALL THE WAY, but in the movies I am sooo Team Jacob! I haven’t decided if it’s because in the books, Edward seems to be hotter and in the movies, Taylor Lautner puts the “mmm mmm” in “mmm mmm, good” or if it is just because in the movies Jacob isn’t as annoying in the books! Can’t wait for Breaking Dawn part 1!! :)

  2. says

    BUMMER! I thought the black popped so much more. It’s sad to see everyone on blogland painting everything white. Just not my thing, but you love it, so that’s what matters :D

  3. says

    Psh… Team Jacob all the way. I even have a boyfriend with a tribal tattoo on his arm. I swear that has nothing to do with why we’re dating. Also, his has his Hawaiian name and has nothing to do with Native Americans. I promise.
    No, really. Oh dear.

  4. Ashley says

    I had no idea that the Behr paint and primer was low voc. I was using the Olympic no voc but we decided to paint our kitchen the same as the hallway and foyer and we had used regular Behr paint when we did that 3 years ago before we knew about VOCs. We were worried about color matching to the other brand, so we opened all the windows and used the Behr Paint and Primer to save ourselves a step. We didn’t notice a huge smell so thats good!

  5. Stacey says

    for the record…

    LOVE the white mirror…
    LOVE a gangsta reference…
    LOVE your hair, and…
    am on team “i’ve neither read, nor seen, any twilight anything and don’t understand the appeal of robert pattinson, taylor lautner or jersey juice heads despite being a born & raised jersey girl with an affinity for skinny british boys and, ironically, being married to a broad-shouldered all-american kinda guy” ;o)

  6. Dawn says

    Ha, I had just read the post about the new washer and dryer which I saw was written by John and I still had that in my head when I started reading this post so the ‘I’m on team Edward’ comment was especially amusing to me.

    I love this transformation. It’s absolutely amazing what a few small changes can do to a space.

  7. Tiffany T. says

    Hey I love everything you’re doing and keep up the great work..I was wondering/ hoping if there will be any house crashing soon? Those are one of my favorite things yall do here!

  8. Roger Balwinski says

    A couple things. How soon before you pull that vanity out and put in a old school dresser with a sink in it… maybe a white-ish marble top. That would make the nook look a lot less like a bathroom. In the minimum, add cabinets to the left side of the vanity.

    And the 2nd thing, have you posted any pictures around the outside of your house? I didn’t know your bedroom was so high up…

    Great site!

    • says

      Hey Roger,

      A while. We like to work with what we have. So although we realize a lot of our house could be dramatically upgraded by gutting it and replacing things, we stick to slow and steady changes while we save money and try to make the best of what we have. We’re starting to love the existing vanity a lot actually (with new knobs, hinges, and a bit of “cosmetic surgery” we’re excited to see what it can become!). As for exterior shots of the house, you can see some of them by clicking the House Tour tab up by the header and then clicking the “Current House” tab. Hope it helps!


  9. Erin says

    Love it white! Won’t lie…I hated it black. as When it was dark the mirror was the only thing you noticed in the space and it looked odd. Now it looks fabulous!

  10. Ashley says

    I just got giddy when you mentioned Twilight. My life is currently on hold so I can start my second journey through the saga. That’s totally normal for a mid-twenties girl, right?! That’s what I thought…

    Oh, and the mirror looks fab.

  11. Lane says

    Looks great! Did you have to texture the area where the old granite backsplash was, or did you just paint right over it after spackling? How did you get the texture to match the wall above it exactly? Thanks for being so inspiring!

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