How to Create a Swoon-worthy Vanity Space

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Are you tired of leaning over the bathroom counter to put on your makeup? Does your get-ready routine need a re-do? Creating a vanity space in your bedroom might just be the simple upgrade you need to put your best face forward every day. While having a dedicated vanity space may seem like a luxury, it can actually be easy — and inexpensive! — to create. 

First thing’s first: consider your style

A vanity space can be whatever you want it to be, so take a little time before you begin to consider what kind of vibe you’d like to create. Whether modern and sleek or vintage and colorful, your vanity space should reflect your personal style. Identify where in your bedroom you’ll be placing your vanity and consider how to incorporate your current décor.

Up next: build your area

Start cruising flea markets, thrift shops or estate sales and look for old desks, dressers or tables you can repurpose. Think carefully about the size and specifications you may need. For instance, do you need drawer space for extra storage? Try not to get hung up on the color or finish of the pieces you find — you can easily re-stain or paint to match your vision. Check out these links for tips on refinishing and painting furniture.

Once you find the right main piece, now it’s time to think about what you’d like to sit on. Aim for comfort and practicality, like a tufted stool that can easily be tucked away or an upholstered chair that makes a statement.

Finally: establish function

As much as you want your vanity space to be beautiful, it also needs to be functional. That means you’ll need one very important item: a vanity mirror. Depending on the lighting in your bedroom, you may want to consider an LED lighted mirror to make getting ready even easier. Or, choose a framed mirror that complements the style you’re creating.   

And last but not least, consider how you’d like to store and display your make-up, jewelry and products. Get creative with containers and storage options until you’ve found the perfect feel for your space.

It may take a little searching and elbow grease, but creating your own vanity space doesn’t have to be expensive of complicated. Before you know it, mornings will be more enjoyable and you’ll have a glam routine that rivals any celebrity.

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3 Hidden Benefits of Framing Bathroom Mirrors

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Upgrading your bathroom mirror with a custom frame instantly enhances the appearance — but that’s not the only perk. While the improved look is certainly the top reason, we’ve compiled a list of three hidden benefits of framing bathroom mirrors that you may not have considered.

Benefit #1: Prevent and Hide De-silvering

De-silvering refers to the blackened edges some mirrors get after years of use. This is caused by water or cleaning supplies seeping underneath the edges of the mirror and damaging the silver backing, causing your mirror to look dated and dirty. Adding a frame can cover up de-silvering if it has already occurred, or even protect the edges of your mirror from future damage. Rather than replacing the entire mirror — which can be costly and difficult — a simple frame is an easy way to avoid and hide de-silvering.

Benefit #2: More Decoration Possibilities

An unframed mirror doesn’t really lend itself to decorations, but a framed mirror instantly allows for more possibilities. Especially with the holiday season just around the corner, a framed mirror can easily be draped with a garland or lights to add some seasonal décor to your bathroom. Similarly, you could drape beads or fabric around the edges for a more bohemian look. This ability to “dress up” your mirror for special occasions is a great way to add personality to your bathroom.  

Benefit #3: Easy Personalization

Framing bathroom mirrors also creates the perfect opportunity personalize your space with mementos. You can tuck photos, favorite quotes or concert tickets along the edge of the frame to remind you of happy times. Thanks to the frame, you can enjoy these items without having to use tape that might leave a hard-to-remove residue on your mirror.

Plus, on top of all of these hidden perks, framing your bathroom mirror couldn’t be easier. Whatever custom frame you choose, you can instantly upgrade your space and make it your own.

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The 8 Best Plants to Decorate Your Bathroom

Adding a plant to your bathroom can give it a fresh, spa-like ambiance, but not all plants grow well in bathroom conditions. With minimal natural light and high humidity from hot showers, it’s important to choose plants that are well suited for the constraints of the space.

And these eight plants won’t just simply stay alive in your bathroom — they’ll thrive in the unique environment and ideal conditions it provides.

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Tips for Transitioning Your Décor Throughout the Holiday Season

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From autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, to winter and Christmas decorations, keeping your home décor festive throughout the holiday season can be overwhelming and exhausting. Rather than go through a complete overhaul each month from October to December, utilize décor items that easily transition between seasons. You can keep your home feeling celebratory for the rest of the year — without exerting any unnecessary effort.

Here are five quick tips for seamlessly transitioning your décor throughout the holiday season:

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How to Dispose of an Old or Broken Mirror

When your mirror is showing signs of aging or has a broken surface, it’s time for a replacement. But before you start searching for custom framed mirrors online, you should have a plan to properly dispose of your broken or old mirror. Here’s how to get it done:

1. Take Safety Precautions

Gear up before handling the glass by using safety glasses, thick gloves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt. This safety gear is useful for protecting your eyes, face, hands, arms, legs, and feet from potentially getting cut by glass shards. Also, have your tools ready in advance to properly label, pack, and clean up any remnants of broken glass from your mirror. Here are some tools and material to have on hand:

  • Tape
  • Trash Bags
  • Boxes
  • Blankets
  • Labels
  • Newspaper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Vacuum

2. Use Tape to Cover Its Surface

If your mirror has cracks or is shattered, you want to prevent it from breaking further and creating a hazard. Use duct tape or masking tape to cover the surface. Any stray pieces of glass will stick to the glue of the tape, so you can avoid the risk of getting hurt as you dispose the mirror.

3. Wrap It and Box It Up

Use bubble wrap or old blankets to wrap up a whole mirror so you can keep it intact and secure. Also, add extra protection by wrapping the mirror with newspaper. Consider placing a broken mirror in a plastic bag and box as an extra precaution. Use labels or write on the outside of the box so handlers can be aware of the broken glass.

4. Dispose of It or Consider a Recycling Center

Carefully place the mirror in the proper container to get rid of it. Clean up the area where you removed it and use bread to pick up any broken glass you may have missed. If your city has a recycling program where they pick up mirrors or broken glass for you, follow the rules for properly identifying and discarding your broken mirror. You also usually don’t have to break the mirror into very fine pieces, since the glass sorter grinds it before transporting it to a recycling facility. You can also recycle your broken mirror yourself if your city or local community has a recycling facility.

Final Thoughts

Getting rid of your old or broken mirror requires being careful and considerate. By taking the necessary safety precautions and properly packaging, labeling, and cleaning up after its removal, you can safely dispose of your mirror with peace-of-mind.