DISTRESSED FAUX FINISH ON BATHROOM CABINETS & TUTORIAL ON PAINTING & INSTALLING MIRROR MOLDINGSThis is a newly renovated bathroom. I painted a distressed special finish on the cabinets and mirror molding in the dressing area.
My client chose antique bronze knobs and handles for the cabinets. They look so nice with the new colors on the cabinets.
This cabinet will have the antique bronze knobs and handles, too. And, the mirror molding will be on these two beveled mirrors.
These are the moldings I painted for the mirrors, to match the cabinets.
PAINTING AND INSTALLING MIRROR MOLDING
If you want to dress up mirrors in your baths, you can go to any hardware store that sells moldings. The fancy molding is usually in the same area as the baseboards and door trims. These are flat on the backside because they are attached on top of the mirrors, not the wall. You don't have to remove your mirrors. Paint the moldings before you attach them to the mirror. You can faux paint them, spray paint them, stain them or do any finish you want to match your bath. Rubbing a little metallic paint is always a nice touch, too. Just on the decorative areas or all over you can paint on and wipe off with a rag. Be sure to seal them really well to protect them from water splashing on them. A very important step: paint the backside of the moldings with a dark raw umber or soft black because you will be able to see the reflection of the back side in the mirror. To finish, I prefer a low sheen, like a satin for the clear sealer. Then, measure carefully, miter each corner and attach your pieces to the mirrors with two sided tape. When you're finished, if you are able to see the raw edges of the mitered areas just use the same paint for touch ups.By painting the moldings and cabinets to match it makes that cabinet and mirror look more like a piece of furniture instead of bath cabinets.
Have fun with this project!! I think you'll be very happy with your new look.(Today, I went by a house where I was supposed to faux paint the bath walls. I had suggested painting and installing mirror moldings and they did and it looked so nice with the cabinets and medicine cabinets painted to match. The guy who installed the moldings, had glued them to the mirrors, instead of using the two sided tape and that's ok, too. Just letting you know.)