Way back when I was plotting the lakehouse bathroom renovation, I fell in love with these Kohler Purist sconces and decided that I had to work them into the design.
But there were some other must-haves that got in the way: namely, double sinks and a linen tower. Neither left a lot of room for sconces and mirrors, so my original sconce, round mirror, sconce, round mirror, sconce idea was a no-go. I could keep the round mirrors and do a light above them, or keep the Kohler sconces and try something crazy: mounting the lights directly on the mirror. Turns out, I'm not the first one to try installing a sconce on a mirror and so, after rounding up some inspiration, I decided to go for it.
Well, the sheet mirror and sconces are finally installed, and I just love how they look! I forgot just how much brighter and larger a small bathroom feels with a huge mirror - it just bounces so much light around. I know that sheet mirrors get a bad reputation for being "builder's basic," but I just love them for a small space - and I think mounting the sconces on the glass gives the mirror a more custom look.
(For some reason in my pictures the sconces look a little wonky, but I assure you that in real life they are straight.)
Once we were committed to this idea and had ordered the sconces, I spent some time researching local places that cut custom glass. I picked a great place that also does cool things like stained glass and textured glass - they seemed to be the most ambitious glass company in town. Although I went to the shop prepped with measurements, they sent someone to double check - for which I am incredibly grateful. Living in the country, we actually paid a lot (mileage/time) for this service, but it was worth it. In their words: it's better if they screw up the measuring! I had recently been burned by the careless counter top place, so I was incredibly cautious about this purchase - but luckily, so was the guy who came out to measure. I think it took him about an hour to carefully measure the placement for the holes and outlets, which he triple checked.
A standard sheet of mirror is 72" but we needed 72 3/4 (so close!) so it was a special order - which increased the time and the cost. It was delivered and installed without any problems and was glued in place to avoid clips because I just don't like the look of mirror clips. They did a great job cutting out the circles for the lights and the holes for the outlets. When cleaning the glass for these photos, I did notice one fleck of imperfection under the glass but it's minuscule.
Here's a better look at the holes cut in the mirror for the sconces and outlets:
I didn't want the mirror to match the height of the linen tower with the mirror, which puzzled the installers. Instead, the distance between the top of the linen tower and the top of the mirror is the same as the distance between the bottom of the linen tower and the bottom of the floating vanity. You might not notice this detail from the hallway, but when I'm in the tub that's all I see, so this thoughtful little touch pleases my type A side:
Once the mirror was affixed, we installed the light fixtures per instructions but with one caveat: we had to make sure not to crank the screws too tightly, otherwise pressure could crack the glass. It was a two-person job but fairly straight forward. These sconces are securely affixed, but I wouldn't want to monkey around with them.
I was really curious to see how much the back of the sconce is reflected in the glass, but it's not much at all: just a shadow really - no wires or anything show.
We decided to put the outlets in the mirror too. Stashing them inside a cabinet or to the right of the vanity didn't feel practical for us (although it would have kept them out of sight). We thought about putting them in the backsplash, but cutting into the stone seemed like a shame. Someone suggested putting an outlet in the side of the linen tower, but cutting a hole in the walnut seemed like a shame too. Seriously, outlets are a real bummer! After spotting an outlet in a mirror on Pinterest, I decided that the mirror was the best spot for accessibility and hiding them somewhat. I regret how high we put them but we were still contemplating a higher stone backsplash or maybe adding a shelf at the time, so we intentionally left (too much) wiggle room.
Straight on, the outlet covers really blend in (I tried to snap a straight on photo without me in it!):
But from some angles there's a green tint and if you look just the right way - and get in nice and close - you can see a shadow/reflection of the back of the mirrored outlet cover.
I spent a long time looking for a mirrored outlet cover. So many of them are a fake finish and I wanted actual glass. This one was the best I could find but I don't love the bevel because I opted not to have the edge of the mirror itself beveled - it's just a clean, ground edge, for a more modern look. Hopefully I can track down a simpler outlet cover in the future but, for now, this will do just fine.
I just love how the bathroom is taking shape! We're so close to being finished.