Monday, January 9, 2012

My Very First Project of the Year!...Convex Mirror Makeover for Guest Bedroom

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Well, I finally have my first project of the year done! I actually started it in the fall but had not had time to finish it until now.

I started off with this 36" round convex safety mirror that I found a favorite junk spot for $20. You know the kind I'm talking about, right? The ones that hang in the corners of stores to make sure no one is stealing anything.

It was really dirty and had a large metal mounting bracket on the back. It was a bit of quandary to figure out how to detach it.

I had to take off the trim around the mirror, separate the mirror from the backing, and then remove the bolts for the bracket from the inside.

While it was disassembled, I gave the trim and the brackets that hold the trim a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

If you'd like the full details on the tutorial, I'll be posting my tutorial at The DIY Club! When it was done, it looked like this...

Then I hung the mirror in the guest room. I replaced the printer's tray mirror, which was previously repurposed as a photo display, with the convex mirror...


BEFORE                                                                AFTER

I like how the shape of the mirror repeats the shape of the vintage Rand McNally globe and its base.

The cloudless sky made the room bright with light through the window sheers.

This vintage chair holds the "faux sew" burlap bolster I made last fall for the Burlap Month Party.

Some of my favorite things in this room are the industrial stools used as side tables.

They frame my favorite find of all time...the vintage greyhound bus sign.

Well, that is officially my first project of 2012! Do you have your projects ready for the 2012 1st Project of the Year Party? You can win over $100 in prizes and/or a feature in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine! Click here for all the details. The party is open January 12-31, 2012.

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  1. Love the new mirror! I agree, it looks great with the globe.

  2. What a fun find! I love it and it is perfect in that setting- Love the globe, too- xo Diana

  3. Oh yes, I love the new mirror. It's perfect for that room. I love the globe too.
    Barb - Formerly Barb & Dell Designs

  4. One can never have too many mirrors, especially unique finds like yours. Love it!

  5. That is such an awesome mirror! I'm going to have to add that to my Gotta Find It list for sure - which means, I'll spend countless hours looking for it and never find it :( But, it looks stunning in there!

  6. Love this. The convex mirror gives the room a different size and opens it up and at the same time providing reflective design.

  7. Love the mirror!!! It is awesome and looks great in the room!! And those side tables are fab!
    Whenever you tire of the Greyhound,....let me know!! Ha!!

  8. Good grief... I want to move in... the mirror rocks. THE ROOM ROCKS!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  9. That looks awesome. You definitely know how to find a diamond in the rough. I love the globe and greyhound sign as well.


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