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Bathroom Vanity Lighting

mcauly
4 months ago

Hi! id love some help with figuring out lighting in this space to balance out the scale of mirrors/sinks. the mirrors will be darkened as well. thanks thanks!


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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Thank you!

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    BeverlyFLADeziner
    4 months ago

    Not sure any of these are good choices. Your electrical is just not in the right location for two mirrors.




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    RL Relocation LLC
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    Is this a guest bathroom? Is there recessed lighting? As it stands right now you will have very poor light quality and each mirror will only have half it's face lit. Side mount sconces may not work here as they will really also light just one side of the face from a different angle.

    Can we move the electircal?


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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Yes looks like I’ll have to move the electrical - are you suggesting locations similar to Beverlys illustration (thanks for those Beverly). I also think my mirrors are probably too wide

  • everdebz
    4 months ago

    Vibe desired - more traditional cottage like vanity/mirrors -- or a transitional direction which seems an option ?

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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Traditional/shabby chic cottage preferred

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    @everdebz do you think one two light smack in the middle of the two mirrors? i can find brighter gold mirrors maybe slightly longer but with a slightly skinnier profile. these seem a tad too wide - something felt off with the scale.


    i thought to go darker because the finish was off seemed easier to paint darker but bow that i want them slimmer, will just get a lighter gold. thanks thanks!

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago



  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago



    The second can flip upside down and i can add shades to the first

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago


    Not crazy about lampshades but its an option

  • everdebz
    4 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    Checking in -- how do the vessel sinks fit the picture? Because they 'stick up' I think that changes the scale --height of sink vs. width of mirror?!

    Simply cottage sanded/ lightly dry brushed? Seems I read of Beth doing that.... [hi]

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    RL Relocation LLC
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    .I would not make them darker, I would actually paint them white. and NO one light in the middle is no good for shaving or makeup. But this is why I asked about the use of the is room, is it the main use or master?

    If you consider changing the mirror I would move to one mirror to cover the whole space and mirror mound the light fixture.


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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    @RL Relocation LLC there’s 1 recessed light light. this is the master and yes shaving and makeup would be part of the desired functions for the space.

  • everdebz
    4 months ago

    You're committed because of the vanity, so I'd show to eclectic a bit... get a vintage wall item and vintage towel.



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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Thanks so much @Beth H. : one of these options will definitely work. Leaning towards the solo with pendants or the two white mirrors. where are they from? thank you!!!

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    Beth H. :
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    you mean the mirrors? where are they from? or the lights?

    I've done a few of those vintage mirrors. what you do is look for the size you need, like that solo one, and paint it out.

    you could prob do two of these size mirrors:,,,I found this on craigslist for $30 I think. painted it and gold rub and buffed it.




    would you want to keep the gilded look or paint it to match your dresser? something this big and too gold might be too much above that vanity.

    so look for those vintage mirrors at flea marts, salvage stores, online, etc.



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  • everdebz
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    You could buy a good led mirror and plug in. Magnifying.

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  • everdebz
    4 months ago

    A good shape - W 16" / D 8" / H 13"


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  • everdebz
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    Trying to tie in - is floor tile black? etc... W 12.5" / D 5" / H 18" / the electric box is high.

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  • everdebz
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    I looked at Beth's some more and wow... and similar to yours.

    2 new flat mirrors, this type? W 32.5" / D 8.5" / H 7.75"

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  • everdebz
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    How tall are your mirrors? a frameless like the last one could reduce "busy visual" of a few different materials and shapes.

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    Beth H. :
    4 months ago

    turn those down. light is horrible w/those turned up toward the ceiling.

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Thank you both so much! @Beth H. : do you use a clear coat over your painted dressers? Thanks!

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    Beth H. :
    4 months ago
    last modified: 4 months ago

    I think w/that one, since it was a chalk paint, I waxed it. (I sand between coats so I get a buttery smooth finish)


    but I have used Gen,Finishes Urethane wipe on clear coat on others. for a bathroom I'd go w/that one. satin finish.

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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Awesome, thank you! @Beth H. :

  • everdebz
    4 months ago

    I don't want to interefere, but I'll add that the polished brass 2-light can install up or down... do you have news about ones you posted a few days ago?

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    I found two mirrors that seem to work - leaning towards the right. Mirrors arent aligned - just leaning on the faucet right now.


    if the sconce doesnt work then ill move the lights. may also do two recessed one each side vs the one.


  • everdebz
    3 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    Imo left mirror's frame is too wide. Another photo of the right might be clearer.

    Posts 6 days ago of your sconces in shabby chic soft finishes - what about with oval mirrors you showed initially, but whitened?

    or as Beth showed champagne gold lighting...

  • everdebz
    3 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    Now can see tub's gold feet. What about your initial mirrors? can you show them in daylight to see how dark they are...

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    Beth H. :
    3 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    sorry, but the two diff mirrors don't work.

    and the frames do appear overly large.

    were you planning on painting them?

    just do some simple gold frame mirrors






    Just copy this look




    I think you need to paint the wall (or at least that back wall) a diff color. next to the vanity and gold, it's just meh.

    And consider spraying your hardware the same gold. Right now they just look tarnished against the sinks.

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    The frame of the original mirrors seem large and i think the mirrors are misshapen on closer look. @everdebz

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    @Beth H. : i wasnt planning on using two different mirrors lols just put one of each up to compare looks


    waiting on the champagne spray to arrive - thanks for the info.


    its not as easy finding oval mirrors about 23inches wide but will keep searching. Is the first pic after the mirrors a houzz photo? i do like those mirrors. thanks!

  • olychick
    3 months ago

    Are the original mirrors returnable? Sorrry if I missed that. If you own them why not just paint them? I think the size would work if they were lighter.

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    Yes i can return then @olychick

  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    What's width of sink and width of initial mirrors? they had a nice shape...

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    @everdebz sink is 15.75w mirror - 25

  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    My eyes were 'off'. I'd like to make sure I understand, that one mirror was 10" wider than a sink ?

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    lols yup - i still don't see it either but thats what the numbers say @everdebz

  • everdebz
    3 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    From where I sit, the mirror seems hard-boiled egg, and sink below is the holder/ the egg cup.... something ok about the entire shape and scale. Can't be there in person though to really see.

  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    I came upon a room reminding me of yours -- different of course, but nice to see it?

    What about a frameless mirror for yours? I thought you might experiment with your first frame by placing white tape/ fabric over it.

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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    I took the plunge and painted a mirror yesterday and so far so good. I will finish up tomorrow and post the pic - thanks for sharing this @everdebz

  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    Yeah! will take a look, congrats on that.

  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago
    last modified: 3 months ago

    I didnt get to the second yet… wondered about trying the light gold on the othee when that arrives before committing to white. @everdebz


  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    Question - are the handles to be changed at all?

    If not, there's quite detail already, and sinks are a bit shiny --

    to keep it 'together' I'd reduce the heavier gold finish.

    But white seems nice!

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  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    Just realized that Idk if the sinks are brass... ?

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  • olychick
    3 months ago

    You could also try a TINY bit of rub n' buff on the details with the white - in one of the gold or brass tones. Too much and it will end up gold like where you started! I really like the white better than the gold mirror.


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  • mcauly
    Original Author
    3 months ago

    Thanks! will try the rub n buff. @olychick


    @everdebz thanks! handles will be spray painted a champagne gold to match the sinks.

  • everdebz
    3 months ago

    oh... !

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    Bluewater Homestyle
    3 months ago

    Polished brass will not only blend with the rest but will also create a stunning backdrop. You can give them a thought.