UAH Loves: The Molger Mirror

Ikea saves the day again. This one was super easy to build, too, so stick with me.

I found this guy after looking for something that could serve as a mirror with a little bit of storage in the bathroom. Not a medicine cabinet, but not just a mirror either. West Elm made this cabinet situation, but the price point was way too high to justify. It's also kind of small.

A little bit of internet-ing sent me to Ikea's Molger Mirror.

We keep a cup and Dan's electric toothbrush on there. I suppose it could hold more, but then it would just get cluttered.

Here is an action shot of me waving to you and to myself via the Molger mirror:

It's a big piece for a small bathroom, but I think the reflection creates more light and depth that something small would. It acts as almost another window to cut through the dark paint in the room, which I love, but can be a lot on just two small walls.

A+ grade to the Molger mirror, which I hope lives on in infamy and is never tragically discounted like so many of its Ikea brothers and sisters.

Creative Solutions

Here's a big surprise: painting a bathroom is horrible horrible horrible work.

Ladders and bodies and rollers and paint buckets don't generally like to be in small spaces at the same time. Up the ladder, down the ladder. Ladder in the bathtub. Ladder in the toilet? Whatever it takes, ya know?

The very trickiest part? Painting behind the toilet. Lucky for you guys, after some intense googling and creativity of my own, I created a tool to reach an area that no one well ever see.

I purchased a few paint edger refills and then, using the greatest tool of all (duct tape), I secured them to a paint stirrer. 

I haven't patented this idea yet, so feel free to use it in the meantime. It worked like a charm.

Soot is the New Black

Welcome to the world of Benjamin Moore's Soot - a color I am guaranteed to paint everything light touches.

We got to work last week on reworking our spare room to turn it into a home office, but not before someone sold me paint without the pigment. A trip back to the paint store to soot up and then we could say goodbye to white walls.

Based on a bunch of pictures, Soot was the winning combo with the white floors we have planned.

Dan got the job started properly by cracking a cold high life and climbing up the ladder. If there's one lesson we've learned, it's that no home repair job is complete without pizza and cold beer.

While he was going to town in the back room, I tackled the bathroom with the very same color. Painting bathrooms is no joke, although I did design a new tool that should probably be patented - more on that later.

A sneak peak of the results are in and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. That mirror above turned out to be the easiest Ikea assembly project in history.

More to come on the de-saturation of our home.