Tuesday, July 6, 2010

House of Mirrors

I've been in search of a mirror to go over our newly built fireplace mantel - a couple have slipped through my fingers on Craigslist, which has been a bummer. But to be honest, neither was exactly what I was looking for (but close). I'm actually dreaming of a lovely, gilt, oversized Louis Philippe mirror a la:

Photo: William Waldron, Design: Nate Berkus/Anne Coyle, via elledecor.com


Photo: Laurey W. Glenn, Design: Jenny Keenan, via southernliving.com

But, there is the issue of budget, which precludes from going out and purchasing one as they usually cost a pretty penny. I love the lines of the mirror with a straight bottom and curved top, as well as the typical gold hue of the frame.

I had been griping to Carter about my lack of mirror-finding (and lamenting my Craigslist losses) for a couple of weeks. As I pulled in to the driveway one day after work, he said he found something in the tool shed that I might find interesting. Considering I haven't stepped foot in the tool shed since the day we moved in, I couldn't think of anything that I could possibly find interesting.

Then he showed me this hanging up on a peg:

It's not perfect (too small, dirty, wrong color), but since it's free, I might just work with it. I'll definitely need to give it a good cleaning and then I'll try my hand at either gold-leafing it or spray painting it (anyone know a good matte gold spray paint?). I think I would be really happy with it if it was bigger to give me the scale I need, but perhaps beefing it up with some sconces on either side might help.

Our house also gifted us another fabulous mirror:

Wish the flowers weren't blocking it in this picture, but this is an incredible mirror we found tossed in a guest bedroom when we moved in. I've thought about moving it to the fireplace, but I think it's too tall...and it looks great in our dining room!


  1. Daniella, Why not trace the tool shed mirror on to a piece of wood, allowing a border of 3 - 5 inches around it. Cut it with a jig saw and sand the edges. Paint the same color that you plan to paint the mirror and attach the mirror to the center of the wood. This will create a larger area for the mirror to cover and allow you to use the mirror you have on hand.

  2. Anonymous7/06/2010

    Could you add molding to the bottom of the mirror to make it bigger? Could you hang something else above or below it as another alternative? I have no idea on what that something could be.


  3. love the mirror, and you can't beat the price! :)

    have you thought about using a metallic craft paint and painting it on with a brush? it might give you more of the look you're going for . . .

  4. Wow, you are so lucky that items were left behind in your house and shed! And I think that mirror looks really nice above the mantle. Even if you don't gild it, just paint it black, it would look good and stand out. Happy painting!
    Best regards,

  5. You guys have the best ideas - thank you! I will be investigating your suggestions for adding to the mirror to make it larger and the craft paint possiblities - didn't think of either of those options! (And black might look good too!)

  6. I'm impressed Carter found that in your tool shed. Even if you end up not using it on the mantle, I'll bet you can find another great home for it in your house.

    Another idea for paint: there's great metallic paints for toy soldiers available that look very good.

  7. Anonymous7/07/2010

    You could hang the mirror inside of a larger, empty frame finished with the same finish.


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