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. Alison says

    There are so many things I love about this post! The mirror is amazing, behr paint and primer in one is my favorite paint, Team Edward (I agree, not all Jersey girls like the big, buff and tan look), all the pics, your hair down, etc! It made my Friday morning! Thanks S & J!!!

  2. says

    I love the mirror white!! Have you thought about putting some stuff on the window so no one can see in at all? It makes it smokey looking stuff? I can’t think of the name of it but Im sure you know what im talking about!!

    • says

      Hey Barbara,

      We actually mentioned in the post why we didn’t want to put any frosting spray or film on the window just yet. It’s down towards the bottom. Hope it helps!


  3. keri says

    i was absolutely on team white. love it.

    and, the hair? fantastic.

    and i’m JUST getting around to reading the twilight books. 3 in 3 days (i’m on vacation…and they are addicting)

    le sigh, i am wholeheartedly team edward…

  4. Kim says

    OMG! Love the mirror white of course, but what I got from this post was how BEAUTIFUL you look with your hair down. I know how much you love that ponytail, but its nice to let the hair down once in a while. And you wear it well.

  5. KarenC says

    I love it! It actually looks like an architectural feature now… blending in with the window frame as if it’s all one piece.

    Great job.

  6. Steve Schwartz says

    I’m a bit confused on how you actually painted. Did you not tape the mirror at all, get a little paint on the edge of the mirror while painting, and then scrape that off? Didn’t the razor scratch the mirror? Thanks for your help! It looks great.

    • says

      Hey Steve,

      Yup, no tape at all. Got a nice line of paint all around the mirror’s edge and then razored it right off. You can use straight razors (carefully of course) on mirrors or glass window panes to get paint and other crud off the surface of them. I think it would scrape the mirror if you razored the back of it, but the front is smooth like glass so it just pops the paint right off. Of course I angle the straight edge at a 45 degree angle and keep the whole razor on it moving back and forth (I don’t stab it with the corner or anything). Hope it helps!


  7. says

    The fact that you used and 99 problems in one post…with your hair down…is blowing my mind. And even though I remained neutch on your mirrow color dilemma, I love how it looks in white. When in doubt, paint it white!

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