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Mirrors Mirrors On the Wall

2012 January 18
by Katie

Hopefully absense makes the heart grow fonder.  Or is that absinth?  Both kinda make sense..

Either way, I am back with a renewed sense of vigor.  I have some fun stuff planned and stashed away so hopefully you’lll join me for that journey.  Oh and I still have to post about Christmas…and New Years…but that can wait a few more days, right?  I mean, it is already the 18th…what’s a few more days!

So today we are in the first floor bathroom with an interesting issue…the mirror.

Remember when I repainted this ‘bloodfest’ and redid the vanity and installed new sconces (that are actually cheap exterior lights) and then found the mirror at Hobby Lobby?

Well, there’s something I forgot to mention…and remembered to crop out….all that forehead.  Yeah.  That’s what I call it.  The space above the mirror that conveniently got cropped out when I revealed this bathroom the first time around.  (oh the beauty of the internet).

Here’s a better overview shot of the forehead situation.  Yeah.  If you squint, you can see that the vanity area is like Christina Ricci…or me.  Both of whom have what I affectionately call fiveheads….foreheads so big that they had to be bumped up a nugget.

And the mirror wasn’t helping.  It was just accentuating the vast expanse above the browline.  So I asked Jer to bring it down…and I would start anew.

Forgive all the crazy colors – this room is the black hole in the back with very little space so it’s hard to capture…much less white balance.

Then I found an old uber-cheap plastic (YUP – Plastic!) mirror at a thrift store that actually belonged above a dresser (see the wood and bolts used to fasten it to the top of the dresser?).

It was listed at $8 and I got it for half off that day (yeah I must budget for home renos and I only shop when I can get a discount…even at thrift stores).  So four bones for my fore head :)    I give that an a-ok.

We figured out through a little trial and error that we could use the existing bolts to fasten picture hanging wire (tripled up).  Since the bolts were bent, we couldn’t remove them…so Jer went with the whole if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em philosophy.  And the wood blocks were attached better to the whole thing than we could attach something new…so in the end it worked.

yeah, our littlest helper was just about to go up for bedtime and gave us the approval to hang the plastic beast after a little quality control checking :)

Also – you can see at the bottom we attached some scrap wood blocks…yeah, hot glued those bad boys right on.  We did that because when the mirror was hung up on the hooks, it leaned forward a little too much for our liking and the bottom hit the wall.  The blocks were sort of like spacers.

And now for the new bigger mirror that actually fills up the space…

Cuter huh?

Yup…still got a forehead but nothing like the Christian Slater of before.  Excuse the dirtiness…just keepin it real.

My favorite part is the little ‘cutouts’ at the top.  It’s those kinda details that make a piece really interesting in my book.

Oh and you can see in the reflection that I added a horseshoe to this room above the artwork over the toilet.  Maybe that will bring us a little luck in the bedroom if you know what I mean…hubbahubba.

What did I do with the other round mirror?  Well, I put it in Will’s room over the new storage toy box.   Yeah, all that squareness was getting to me so I thought a dark brown mirror would break things up a little.

Oh and people have been asking me the ‘theme’ of the nursery…yeah…no theme…not really.  If I had to pick one, it would be masculine gentlemen boy…with a little refinement and whimsy…and a lot of texture and stuff Will likes…how’s that for a theme?  Oh and globes.  I’m obsessed with globes right now.  so throw that in too.

What do you think?  Anybody else with forehead issues?  Or switching out mirrors mirrors on the wall for the fairest one of them all?  Yeah…my new one might not be the fairest and it might have a paint job in it’s future…but right now it balances things out.  It really is the better scale for the space….and Nate Berkus said I have a great sense of scale….just in case you forgot (wink wink)…and because I walk around muttering that to myself when I should be saying ”NO WILL DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PEEPEE” for the 704th time :)

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  1. January 19, 2012

    Beautiful mirror!

  2. Alison U. permalink
    January 19, 2012

    I’m totally obsessed with globes right now, too! Found one in great shape (and $10!) at an Antique Mall in Cartersville (I live in Marietta). I was so excited. My husband doesn’t quite understand it, but oh well :)

  3. January 19, 2012

    Oh nice switcheroo! I like that mirror better in that space ( I like big mirrors) I could kick myself, I saw a large mirror like that by a dumpster near a friend’s apartment and the hubs didn’t want to take it home….I should have just grabbed it anway! I hadn’t thought of hanging it in the bathroom!

  4. January 19, 2012

    I think it makes it even better that it was a $4 thrift store find, not originally meant to hang on a wall! Love it!

  5. January 19, 2012

    The new mirror definitely fits the scale of the space better. That was a fabulous 4 dollar change.

    And when you said excuse the dirtiness, I puzzled for a few minutes over what is dirty about Christian Slater’s forehead before I realized you were talking about the mirror.

  6. Julie permalink
    January 19, 2012

    For some globe gazing check out Centsational Girl’s post today


  7. January 19, 2012

    Lovely job!
    (However, I do believe you meant, “absence” with a “c” and not an “s” at the beginning of the post!)

  8. January 19, 2012

    Much better! The round baby mirror was cool, you know, for a baby. (Oh hi, Will!) But I’m much more of a fan of the grown-up size mirror, although that may be because I have an abnormally sized grown-up head and need lots of mirror real estate. ;)

  9. Reese permalink
    January 19, 2012


  10. Nikki permalink
    January 19, 2012

    THANK YOU! For NOT having a theme in Will’s room! I’m expecting my first in a few weeks and there are several people who are desperate to find a theme (frogs and monkeys are the two main ones that keep getting pushed) in his room, clothes, bath stuff, etc. The colors coordinate in his room and his bath and little boy clothes have a lot of animals on them! Do I need anything else? Please tell me no (if only because I’m super prego and it’s what I want to hear)!

  11. Maureen permalink
    January 20, 2012

    LOVE the new bigger mirror in the bathroom. And your equestrian prints. And I like the round mirror very much – I have one just like it in my foyer – but I think maybe it needs something on either side of it to balance it out – what do you think? Or maybe it’s just a smidge too high? I’m not sure. I think you’re right, that it has a home over Will’s toybox, but something still feels a bit off. Eh, what do I know? As long as you guys love it, who cares?

  12. January 21, 2012

    I love the new mirror! I must start thrift store shopping….that deal is insane!

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