Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mirror Mirror On the Wall

In my apartment were two HUGE mirrors - one in each bathroom. Because of that, I had no need to purchase any during my stay there, and I actually didn't even think about it. Until....being here. Well, let's just say I'm sure I looked atrocious for about 2 weeks, as I had no mirror at all and the small ones I had were still packed somewhere.

As money has been allotted for more important things (electrician, plumber, etc), I've had to work on some creative options as much as I can. The mirror was no different. My parents, along with my Uncle, had acquired some things from an estate sale, basically what was left over that no one bought during the sale itself. One of those things was a mirror. When I saw it, I knew it wouldn't fit with what I was trying to do with my new house but felt it might have potential to at least work for a little while.

It is a very large, heavy, old and well made mirror. It's oval in shape with some decorative trim around it. However, it was gold on the frame. I've never personally cared for gold, even in my jewelry. I've seen homes it looks lovely in, but it's not for my tastes in my own home.

I wish I had taken a photo before putting the plastic on it in order to paint it, but here's a before and after photo of what I did with it:

Since the walls aren't finished yet, I can't do anything else in that room but hey - I have a mirror!! And, let's just say I definitely never need to be without one in the future lol :) 

Cost for this project? $2.58 
(paint, plastic and tape was leftover from other projects, mirror was a gift, and the special hanger to hold that kind of weight was $2.58...not too bad for a girl on a tight budget)


  1. that look great! I like it better too. We have one almost just like that, but it is still gold. we have not hung it up in this house, it sits on the floor behind the dresser....wonder if Paul would mind if I dressed it up a bit with some paint.....

  2. Not bad at all, dearie!! :) It looks great! It's amazing what a little paint can do, huh?

  3. Thanks Beck and Mel!

    Beck - I say do it now and ask later lol or better yet just ask him when he's deeply involved in MW then you can do whatever you want. Not sure if that would work or not, but it might be worth a shot :)