We love easy, affordable – and effective bathroom updates. We were thrilled when Today.com asked us to be part of their story, “11 Ways to Revamp Your Bathroom for $100 or Less”. Checkout the MirrorMate mirror makeover, and 10 other budget bathroom makeover ideas over at today.com…Read More
Aug 19, 2014 3:30:24 PM
Jul 25, 2014 8:40:53 AM
Designer Kate Hart worked her magic once again with the creation of this “Farmhouse Chic” design board that was used as the basis of one of the rooms in our 2014 photo shoot.
“Design trends for 2014 still echo rustic elements mixed with traditional styling,” explains Designer Kate Hart. “This farmhouse chic space utilizes a weathered oak vanity with a carrera top and warm bronze accents. The updated floral wallpaper looks great offset by a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Dark Bronze, Chelsea Pewter Bronze or the Providence Oiled Bronze.”
While we LOVE the wallpaper shown above, we were also smitten with a paneled wall that was on-site and gave a similar rustic vibe. Below is a full room photo featuring the Pemaquid Dark Bronze.
And the before and after to show the difference a frame can make. Frame shown: Providence Oiled Bronze.
Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shared the products she used in her design board so you can replicate the room!
Vanity: Fairmont, Rustic 48” Vanity with carrera top.
Lighting: Kichler, Lacey Collection One Light Sconce.
Faucet: Delta, Cassidy in Venetian Bronze.
Wallpaper: Thibaut, Rittenhouse Blue and Tan T4146.
Accents: I recommend all white tulips or boxwood topiaries. You could also add some rustic elements like woven baskets and sea shells.
Jun 27, 2014 11:35:31 AM
Designer Kate Hart was the visionary behind this year’s photoshoot, developing the design boards that were used to create the rooms. The first called “Sophisticated Traditional” features the Mayfair frame in Black Tie and Bellemeade in Vintage Silver.
“This space is sophisticated yet whimsical with a grey painted vanity, brushed nickel faucets, crystal accent lighting and a pop of color with a chinoiserie wallpaper” explains Kate Hart. “Adding a MirrorMate frame in Mayfair or Bellemeade Silver completes the space.”
Here the design board comes to life in the rooms it inspired.
Want to get the look in your home? Kate Hart shares the products she recommends to achieve a similar look in your space.
Vanity: Fairmont, Smithfield Collection Medium Grey Vanity with Blizzard Quartz or Black Absolute top.
Lighting: Robert Abbey, Latitude Wall Sconce in Brushed Nickel.
Faucet: Grohe, Parkfield in Brushed Nickel.
Wallpaper: Thibaut South Sea in Turquoise T16019 or Yellow T16024
Accents: I recommend lilac or white tulips or mercury glass votives for this space.Read More
Jun 17, 2014 12:33:58 PM
To unveil our new photography for 2014, we’re hosting a Pin & Win. Enter below through June 30 for the chance to win a $150 shopping credit to www.mirrormate.com. Be sure to check out all our new before and after pictures over on our Makeovers page. The design for each bathroom was put together by the talented Kate Hart. They’re beautiful rooms that we hope “pinspire”!
To enter, pin the image above and copy the pin url from Pinterest into the box below. Also be sure to join the MirrorMate mailing list below.Read More
Jun 11, 2014 5:23:07 PM
How we Love Houzz...
Let us count the ways…
1) It’s a fabulous, fast growing site for inspiration- and a great place to find local pros.
2) It is like a free, online magazine chock full of images to get your creative juices going.
3) It’s even better than a magazine because you can search for just what you’re looking for. Working on your bathroom? Peruse thousands of bathroom images.
4) There are mirror makeovers galore! Recently we got specific and searched for MirrorMate. What did we find? Some fabulous makeover images we’d never seen before from some very talented designers. Here’s a sampling...Read More
May 11, 2014 9:07:07 AM
We begin this series with a look at…our new saw! To some it might not sound exciting, but to a frame company it is just about the greatest thing since sliced bread. And it’s no ordinary saw, may we say. ☺ It is the first saw of its kind in a North American framing operation.
It’s unique because it is a computer-controlled double miter saw and router in one and allows orders to flow directly to the saw for unsurpassed accuracy. To operate, the QR code that is printed on each order sheet is scanned and the machine automatically adjusts to the correct molding style, thickness and width within seconds. The saw then performs two distinct functions: a miter cut to the custom length and routing the dovetail key hole which vary by molding style and width. The custom-cut frame is then packed and shipped to you – ready to be assembled by pressing the Dovetail Keys into those Key Holes and connecting the corners.
It’s an exciting time as we just moved to a larger facility, are implementing the new saw and brought on Tony Blatnik as Operations Manager to oversee it all. He’s pictured here alongside the new saw.
Apr 11, 2014 4:44:39 PM
We are thrilled to have been featured on the Emmy-nominated, nationally syndicated TV show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Host Danny Lipford and his team did an amazing job updating a dated bathroom – all on a budget. The changes, while inexpensive, were certainly high impact. Here’s a sneak peek of the before and after.
A MirrorMate frame in Acadia Dove White was added to the plate glass mirror during the makeover – and got a wonderful reaction from both Danny and the homeowner. You can watch the MirrorMate part of the makeover here…
Or view the entire show on the Today’s Homeowner website.
Mar 31, 2014 10:50:16 AM
If you’re a fan of MirrorMate, we know you love DIY! You had seen that unframed, bare mirror for too long – and did something about it. You framed your mirror. And WOW what a difference it made. Best of all, you did it yourself – and it was easy, right? In that same spirit, we thought we’d round up some other great DIY products we thought you’d love to try. Say bye, bye to basic and hello to beautiful – throughout the house.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Cutting Edge Stencils: There’s no need for expensive, difficult to use wallpaper. Stencil! The folks at Cutting Edge Stencils offer a very impressive array of stencil ideas to get a look you love on your walls. Perhaps the bathroom would be the perfect room to start! www.cuttingedgestencils.com
- Rust-o-leum Cabinet Transformations: This makes it easy to turn that dated cabinet (whether kitchen or bath) into a modern marvel. Better than paint, this coating process will provide a result that looks like new – without a chip. Add some new hardware and you’re looking like new for so much less. Oh, and they have it for countertops and tile too – genius! The photo below features a double makeover – cabinet and a MirrorMate frame from the blog FabEveryday. www.rustoleumtransformations.com
- My O’verlays: The lovely ladies over at My O’verlays create some gorgeous patterns to glam up the basic. Add an O’verlay to a bland IKEA cabinet and you have quite a custom creation. They’ve even tried it on a MirrorMate frame for fun! www.myoverlays.com
- Stikwood: Being a peel and stick frame company, you knew we’d love a peel and stick wood plank company, right? Doesn’t get easier than that! Designers always talk texture – whether a sisal rugs or in textiles. How about on the walls? This is a great place to get that warm, rustic feel and makes for an amazing accent wall. The video alone makes us want to get going. Imagine a beachy driftwood feel, or rustic cabin, or hip nightspot. www.stikwood.com
Do you have other DIY products you love? It’s fun to share. Let us know!Read More
Mar 18, 2014 12:30:37 PM
We wanted to share an absolutely beautiful makeover that was recently done by blogger Anna Mosley at Ask Anna. She transformed her entire bathroom and finished it off with a MirrorMate frame in Bellemeade Vintage Silver. The silver accents around the room really tie it together. What a high end look! Visit her blogfor all the details and to enter her frame giveaway. Here’s a quick sneak peek of what she did!Read More
Mar 13, 2014 6:30:26 PM
We’ve had some nice makeovers submitted by customers lately that we wanted to spotlight. The first is a before and after that included painting the cabinet, adding hardware and installing a MirrorMate frame in Tribeca Burnished Brown and Silver. Simple changes that truly took the room from dated to on-trend!
Our second makeover features the addition to of a MirrorMate frame in Pemaquid Porcelain White. The North Carolina homeowners made over all the mirrors in their home. The frames added style and a complete look to builder’s grade bathrooms.
If you’re looking for more inspiration – or a chance to WIN a frame of your own – check out the Ask Anna blog starting on 3.14 for her mirror makeover and a giveaway!Read More
Feb 14, 2014 9:43:33 AM
While the weather may be gray, there is no reason your home needs to be. Here we take a look at the array of colors available in 2014 frame line – making it easy to shop by color. View frames available in black, white, gold, silver & gray, bronze & brown, and wood tones. Order samples and find a frame that makes your mirror pop. Need help choosing the right one? There are over 65 to choose from so if you need help selecting your frame, email email@example.com for her personalized design advice.
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Jan 14, 2014 1:09:14 PM
We love Property Brothers and the vision for a home that they so adeptly turn into realty on the show. The properties are often unrecognizable when they’re done. So as a fan, it was much to the delight of MirrorMate’s inventor and president, Lisa Huntting, to turn on HGTV one night and find them making over a bathroom with a MirrorMate frame!
As you can see in this snapshot from the show, they used Bellemeade Vintage Silver on the mirror. We’re hoping to track down the actual video from the show but in the meantime wanted to share this photo – and say thanks to Drew and Scott for the MirrorMate makeover!
Jan 3, 2014 2:30:33 PM
Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your holidays. We’re starting to take down the decorations and de-clutter around here. January is always such a great time to organize and work on those inside projects we’ve had on our lists. For those with bathroom updates on the horizon, we wanted to share the last installment of Kate Hart’s Design Q&A that offers some help in selecting the MirrorMate frame(s) that are right for you. Once again, don’t hesitate to contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your own specific questions. For now, here are two more commonly asked questions she receives.
Q: Should I frame the mirror over my double sinks as one large mirror or split it up into two?
A: It can add a lot of architectural interest to a space to frame the mirrors separately. In order to determine the proper size, use painter’s tape and frame out each section so you can see how it will look. I recommend centering the frame over each sink and leaving the same amount of space on each side. Ideally you would keep 1/3 of the mirror over one sink, 1/3 of unframed mirror between the sinks and 1/3 of mirror framed over the other sink. Sometimes this is not possible due to the size of the vanity and framing it as one large mirror makes more sense. I’m always happy to review a photo of your individual bathroom and give you a recommendation.
Q: Should I use the same MirrorMate frame in all my bathrooms?
A: I love mixing up the frame choices and giving each space a unique look. With so many styles and colors to choose from it’s easy to give each bathroom a look you love. Some clients do like a coordinated look and achieve that through matching frames throughout the home. It is a good rule of thumb to have your powder room coordinate with surrounding décor.
Dec 18, 2013 2:27:13 PM
For part 2 of our 3 part series, Kate Hart answers two more of your most commonly asked design questions. As always, feel free to contact Kate Hart with your own personal questions as well at email@example.com.
Q: How much space should I leave between the lighting and the top of the frame?
A: For many, the mirror and lighting are fixed and you won’t have an option. If you are able to select where your lighting is going to be, I would advise 3-4 inches from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of your mirror frame. This includes any globes or shades that may hang down.
Q: Should my MirrorMate frame match my hardware or my vanity color?
A: I like to think of a frame as the finishing touch in your space. It is like adding jewelry to your room. While it’s always safe to coordinate the frame with the hardware or fixtures, you can also think of your mirror as a piece of artwork in the room and frame it in a style you’d choose to frame a picture. The frame could even coordinate - or contrast - with the countertop or flooring.
Dec 6, 2013 10:22:07 AM
This holiday season, we’re combining our latest frame sale with a charity donation to a very worthy non-profit. When you make a purchase of a MirrorMate frame between now and December 16, you’ll not only receive $12 off, but we’ll also GIVE $12 to Dwell with Dignity.
Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.
Your frame purchase will support the charity, but if you would like to donate directly or learn more about the non-profit, please visit them at www.dwellwithdignity.org. We appreciate the support – and applaud the efforts of the folks at Dwell with Dignity.
Dec 3, 2013 2:57:45 PM
We’re starting a new 3-part series featuring a Q&A with Designer Kate Hart. She’ll share her answers here to some of the most common design questions she receives from MirrorMate customers. Kate is a wonderful resource to help get your makeover off to a great start.
Q: With so many different frame styles, how do I pick the one that is right for me?
A: The best way to determine the right frame for you and your bathroom is to order samples. You can hold them up to your mirror to get a good idea of how the frame will look in your bathroom. You can also always email me photos of your bathroom firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide suggested styles.
Q: How do you determine whether or not to use a wide or narrow MirrorMate frame?
A: Narrow frames (under 3” wide) like Cherokee Slim, Broadway Slim Line and Pemaquid Slim tend to give the space a more streamlined, contemporary look and work best with smaller mirrors. The wider, more detailed frames (over 3” wide) like Grandezza,Tribeca and Providence give a richer look. I recommend ordering samples as well as using painter’s tape cut to the width you’re considering and placing it around the mirror before you make your purchase. That way you can envision the frame and mirror proportions.
Cherokee Slim vs Cherokee:
Nov 13, 2013 3:30:24 PM
The influx of holiday guests is on the horizon. Now’s the time to get your home ready for holiday hosting – and finish those home project that have been put on the back burner. Home Stager Kate Hart, shares some easy, high-impact ways to get your home ready in a jingle:
- Focus on the high-traffic zones. Kitchens, bathrooms and guest rooms are in high-use when overnight guests arrive.
- Tackle only the simple, do-it-yourself home updates that will have instant impact. For easy upgrades, consider a quick coat of fresh paint, new cabinet hardware and switching out dated lighting fixtures. Tip: Add dimmer switches in bathrooms to serve as nightlights, and over dining tables to create just the right ambiance for the holiday meal.
- Adding a frame to any unframed bathroom mirrors immediately gives a finished look to the room – and will add great style to your guests’ reflection. Tip: MirrorMate is a great resource for DIY mirror frames that install in minutes, pressing right onto the glass while the mirror stays on the wall.
- Ensure there is space in the closet and drawers so guests can unpack. Guest rooms tend to house many of our unworn or infrequently worn clothes. Looking to make space? Tip: This is a great time of year to donate clothes and coats to charities like the Salvation Army.
- New crisp linens, down pillows and fluffy white towels give a luxurious feel to the bed and bath. Try HomeGoods for a great selection of quality, affordable linens and towels. Tip: Roll up extra towels in a basket in the guest room for easy access.
- A few hotel-style touches can go a long way in guest quarters. Think little soaps, shampoos and a few books for the nightstand – anything that might make a guest’s stay more comfortable. Tip: An area travel guide book is a fun, useful item for the bedside.
- Clean and de-clutter before the decorations come out!
“Now’s the time to finish up those house projects,” says Kate Hart. “Simply cleaning and de-cluttering before decorations come out will help start the holidays off right. Your decorations can really be showcased, making for a highlight in a holiday home.”Read More
Nov 1, 2013 4:27:07 PM
It’s about that time to start thinking about getting ready for holiday guests. This month, This Old House magazine offers up 29 easy upgrades that will get your home set for guests to arrive. And, we’re thrilled to be tip #7! The bathroom is always a high use zone – so a quick update of the mirror is a great way to dress the room up in just minutes. Read the This Old House article and tips here.Read More
Oct 22, 2013 11:56:23 AM
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful customers who share their love – and their makeovers! We thought we’d pass along some of the nice notes and photos we’ve gotten lately. Please keep them coming, we just love to hear what you have to say!
"I can't stop staring at my updated master bathroom!! All because of two new frames!! Love, love, love this product. Now that I've redone one bathroom, I'm updating the others, too. This is really a relatively cheap investment in updating the look of your entire bathroom. These frames really warm it up. The quality is great, they were easy to assemble and install, and much easier than ripping out old mirrors. Thank you for a great product!" – Sunny Walters
“OMG!!! Thank you so much Mirror Mate!!!! My new mirror frame is the most beautiful frame I have ever seen!!! When I finish the bathroom I'll post pictures. So easy to install and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!” -Tammy Flagg
“Wow! We just received our new frame today and installed it this evening. We could not be more pleased! It arrived promptly and was even nicer than we had anticipated. Installation really was quite easy and the results are fabulous! We love, love, love your product and will be recommending it to family and friends. Thanks for a great experience!” - Sharon Taylor
“I just wanted to take a moment to let you guys know how much my husband and I absolutely LOVE our new mirror frames. We went from builder basic glass mirrors to a truly custom, luxurious look. The mirrors actually look even bigger than before. We were excited about what we expected the new look to be, but were absolutely blown away once the frames were actually up. It was a 'simple' solution that made a huge difference in our bathrooms. We would definitely recommend your company and this product to anyone who asks.”
Donna & Chuck Renner
“Just a note to thank you for your workmanship and the speed with which you sent our order.I have just completed the installation of both frames and they are "beautiful." My wife is very impressed the quality of their appearance. I want to commend you on your installation instructions. They were very clear, easy to read and comprehend and when followed to the tee, they worked. It has been a pleasure to work on this project. The materials, the clarity of instructions and the timelines were easy to follow and most of all, the results were a major improvement to each of the rooms. Thanks for being a QUALITY company.”
Edward M. RidoutRead More
Oct 16, 2013 12:52:29 PM
Our designer Kate Hart recently sent along this before and after makeover that one of our customers sent to her. The two had collaborated over the best frame style for the bathroom (Cherokee Espresso Walnut was selected) – and it went one step further. Kate suggested the stencil design over wallpaper for the room as an easier and less costly update. What an impact! The before and after is stunning – and we’re so delighted that Kate and our customers are making such a great team! If you’re looking for a little help in selecting the frame that is right for your bathroom, don’t hesitate to contact Kate at email@example.com.
Oct 1, 2013 2:09:53 PM
Originally published as a CNN iReport
Lisa Huntting, a single mom from Charlotte, NC, moved into a home with bare, plate glass bathroom mirrors and was inspired. Despite the fact that the mirrors were affixed the wall, Lisa knew there had to be a way to frame them and give the room a finished look. She created the first mirror frame in her garage - and in the last 8 years has built a business around it manufacturing and selling DIY mirror framing kits. Today, she employs 15 from her North Carolina manufacturing facility and has sold millions of frames to homeowners around the country via her website, www.mirrormate.com.
“There are new construction homes, or those built in the 1980's everywhere that need framed mirrors,” says Huntting. “We've made it into an easy DIY project - no cutting or special tools required.”
Customers choose from over 65 styles, order the frame to fit their mirror's measurements and the frame comes ready to assemble. Then the pre-taped frame simply presses onto the mirror. The transformation is remarkable. Hotels, apartment buildings -even Kelly Ripa's dressing room - sport MirrorMate frames.
Sep 11, 2013 9:00:38 AM
We asked and you answered! We knew you were a talented bunch – and you showed us that in our “Show Us Your Makeover” promotion. We wanted to showcase some of our favorites, but know this isn’t all! We will continue to be delighted with any you send our way - so please email makeover photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, upload them to Facebook or include them on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #iframedmymirror! Enjoy the makeovers below!Read More
Jul 26, 2013 10:34:09 AM
For those of you who have ordered a sample, but not yet a frame we wanted to share some references to help complete your project. We’re here to help so don’t hesitate to ask us!Read More
Jul 22, 2013 6:17:03 PM
It only makes sense that the President and Founder of MirrorMate loves bathrooms. It was the bare bathroom mirrors in her home that were the impetus for MirrorMate frames as an easy, affordable way for homeowners around the country to frame their own bare, bathroom mirrors. So when it came time for Lisa to re-do one of the bathrooms that kick-started the company, she took her time turning her master bathroom into a showstopper – a highlight of her Charlotte, NC home.
She found the vintage chandelier at her favorite Charlotte-area consignment shop, South End Exchange.Read More
Jul 17, 2013 8:22:35 AM
Framing a large, plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom – that we know. But one customer took it a step further, and impressed us with a truly custom frame installation. By adding two vertical frame pieces to visually break up the massive mirror, he was able to achieve an undoubtedly high-end look. (Style shown: Cherokee Cherry Chocolate)Read More
Jul 2, 2013 6:41:52 PM
Welcome to summer! Whether you live at the beach or just like to visit, there is a way to bring that seaside state of mind home. The new Waterside frame is a shimmering, leather wrapped style available in shades of Oyster, Pearl and Seafoam.Read More
May 3, 2013 10:53:08 AM
It’s National Painting Week and to celebrate, we asked Sherwin-Williams what their most popular paint colors are for the bathroom. Here are their top four hues – all very light and airy, just perfect for a bathroom.Read More
Apr 12, 2013 11:50:46 AM
As the all-important spring selling season approaches, sellers need to do all they can to market their home – and that includes staging it to attract and “wow” potential buyers. Home stagers know just the right moves to make to take a house from bland to grand and bring home the biggest return on investment. Their tricks of the trade and answers to common design dilemmas can make all the difference in selling a home – as well as enjoying one.Read More
Apr 5, 2013 2:05:33 PM
If you’ve stayed in a hotel lately you may have noticed that framed mirrors are becoming the rule, not the exception. Those hotels that don’t have framed mirrors yet are getting them, as seen at this Comfort Inn who shared a photo with us of a newly installed MirrorMate frame inCherokee Natural Cherry. Adds a nice warmth to the room, doesn’t it?Read More
Apr 5, 2013 2:03:44 PM
Did you know April is National Decorating Month? What a great time to shake off the winter blues and freshen up the home for spring. Fortunately, we have Kate Hart, the nation’s leading Home Stager, who has provided us with some decorating rules-of-the-road to help us decorate like a pro, and answer questions many of us ask like…Are my drapes the right length? Area rugs the right size? Accessories grouped the right way?Read More
Apr 5, 2013 2:01:23 PM
Perhaps you have samples at home and just can’t decide. Maybe you’re looking at the over 60 styles at www.mirrormate.com and need help narrowing down what’s right for you. Interior Designer Kate Hart is here to help.Read More
Apr 5, 2013 1:58:43 PM
Tobi Fairley (the interior designer you see gracing the pages of Traditional Home on a near monthly basis!) put together some great tips on personalizing to a new construction bathroom in a recent post on her blog.Read More
Apr 5, 2013 1:55:29 PM
While it’s sad to see summer vacations come to an end, there’s no reason you can’t bring the look and feel of the hotel home with you to enjoy on all year long. To help us achieve the hotel look in our own bed and baths, we asked two top hospitality designers to share their tips.Read More
Apr 5, 2013 10:59:17 AM
We just put the finishing touches on a new MirrorMate video. It shows some great transformations taking place, and just what you need to do to make it happen. Click here to watch it on YouTube and let us know what you think!Read More
Apr 5, 2013 10:58:10 AM
Framing a large plate glass mirror provides a finished, designer look for the bathroom...Read More
Apr 5, 2013 10:53:37 AM
Each year we look forward to announcement of the new HGTV Dream Home. This year did not disappoint with a beautiful, eco-friendly home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina – not far from Charleston. Views of marshes, a serene color palette of greens and blues, and of course, gorgeous furnishings make it a dream home for sure. Checking out the bathrooms are always a top priority for us, so without further ado, here are some photos of the three featured bathrooms in the home.Read More
Apr 5, 2013 10:36:15 AM
With the year having just come to a close, we love to look back to see what’s been the top selling frames and what trends we can draw from it. This year’s top 10 most popular frames are...Read More
Apr 5, 2013 10:29:38 AM
According to Pantone, 2013 is going to be like Saint Patrick’s day all year long – with everything awash in emerald! The color has been named “Color of the Year” by color experts.Read More
Dec 16, 2012 2:30:00 PM
We were excited to see recent work done by a very talented designer, Sean Cowan of Sean Michael Designs in Chicago, IL. His makeover of this bathroom included a MirrorMate frame in Cherokee Espresso Walnut. He selected one of the more modern and sleek styles to achieve this look, but almost any of the contemporary frames in the line could be utilized. We just love the unique overhead lighting as well!Read More
Oct 22, 2012 10:37:26 AM
We love the look of a white bathroom. It’s clean, bright and oh so current.Read More
Jun 22, 2011 9:57:00 AM
Becky shares her a favorite craft project with us, making a “Give Thanks” board to showcase cards, thank you notes and other mementos from family and friends.Read More