Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mirror Mirror on the wall...

Okay.  So I feel like I should show you what I am dealing with.  We have split foyer home.  It was my husbands before we were married.  I had a ranch style, and I cannot wait to move-why did we sell MY home?  It wasn't in the right city-and his was a little nicer...and bigger.  I digress...I absolutely cannot stand hate stairs.  I am working very hard right now to make our house more homey because when I moved in there were white walls, very little in the way of furniture, and no decorations.  Enter the woman.  Hubby and I have worked very hard this last year to paint rooms and we actually remodeled the kitchen (kind of).  Back to my blank slate.  This is what the living room looked like when I moved in:

Please ignore my BIL on the microsuade loveseat.

I rearranged when I moved in, and took the long sofa and TV to the basement, where a family room should be, left the loveseat and coffee table etc. upstairs.  There is the imfamous lamp I have been trying to make the shade for.   Please note, there are no curtains, the furniture doesn't match at all...and there is that ugly University of Louisville (gag) blanket on the loveseat.  First off, I needed to pick a paint color.  I really liked green.  A soft, light, green.  We chose sweet mint by Porter Paint.  Here's a look now. 

Sorry, its like 10:00, so probably not the best time to take pictures with no natural light.

The hallway to the bathrooms and bedrooms are connected to the living room, so it got a nice coat of paint as well.

Side note here-that vacuum is the BEST purchase my Hubby has ever made for me.  It will suck anything up-which is the point.  But I LOVE it.  Bissell Healthy Home. 4 Stars. 
Please note there is NO shade on that lamp-and you can barely see it, but the stupid UL throw is still here.  Granted, it is for the dogs so they don't get fut all over our sofa.  

The curtains are from Ikea, as are the rods...and the chairs/ottomans.  I love them, its a really great place to read and study etc.  The dogs like to look out the front windows here.

These bookcases are great.  They hold all of our books, but I am thinking of moving them and the two chairs to the basement.  I have to find new chairs for up here first.  One more picture...
This is my dining area.  The paint isn't that lemony in person, I promise.  Its just the lighting.  The table and chairs are a hand-me-down from Hubby's Parents, the light was one Hubby and his brother purchase for their mother one year, and it hung in several of their homes growing up.  I love it, and think it is pretty.  When we eat/have people over, we actually move the table more under the light-but if its just us two, we usually eat at the breakfast bar.  

Okay, so why exactly am I showing you all of these things?  Well.  I'm on a kick.  A mirror kick.  I love mirrors.  I love the way they reflect light etc.  I want mirrors.  So I was going to go to Hobby Lobby because mirrors are 50% off this week or something.  I know the ones I want.  They are reg $40 ea., and they aren't even that big (24x36" or something).  I wanted two (they look like window panes) of them to hang in the living room on that awesomely empty wall.  Something to keep the clock company.  Then I was going to add some of the shelves I've been working on (that to come later), and add some decorations and be done.  Well.  For some reason I got this crazy idea to check craigslist first.  This is what I found:

Yes that is a shooting target in the back ground...and it's mine!

The two tall mirrors were $25.  I already removed one of the mirrors to clean when I remembered to take a picture.  The second mirror cost a little more.  BUT-I love them.  The mirrors themselves are pretty thick and heavy.  I'm so excited.  Let's get a closer look:


Lovely detail.  Now.  I have another mirror Hubby bought me.  I was going to paint it and place it in the kitchen over the table to put something on the wall and help add light.  Here it is:

It is very red and gold.  Nothing a little paint won't fix.  So here is my problem.  Should I:

  1. Place the matching mirrors in the living area, the short fat one in the kitchen, and the red one at the end of the hallway.
  2. Place the matching mirrors in the kitchen area, the short one in the living room, and the red one in the hallway.
  3. Place the matching mirrors in the living room, the red mirror in the kitchen, and the fat/short one in the hallway.  
Okay-you get where I am going with this.  I will be painting all of the mirrors.  As a matter of fact, I have already begun on the short one:

Primered (is that even a word?)
Love it!  I can't wait until I am home from class tomorrow so I can work on these some more! :)


p.s. I'm linking up to:
Idea Sharin Wednesday @WomenWhoDoItAll
Whatever Goes Wednesday @SomedayCrafts
Ideas Under $100 @BeyondThePicketFence 
Transformation Thursday @ShabbyChicCottage 


  1. Typical woman, changing everything in the house. I don't really feel that way...I just got the strangest urge to say that. And that's why you heart me.

  2. WOW! Those mirrors are great! They are so detailed...hang in there w/the house! You're already on your way to making it your own....i can tell!

  3. We're loving your use of Sweet Mint in your living room. Looks great!

  4. I LOVE those mirrors you found! What a great steal! P.S.- I am jealous you have Hobby Lobby :(

  5. Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)

  6. Wow you totally scored with these mirrors. I just love all of the details!


  7. Absolutely adorable! I love your mirrors! great job! Everything comes out so much prettier after a session of paint therepy. I hopped over from Women Who Do It All and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon. until later...

  8. I love the mirrors--the details on them are awesome. Thanks for linking up!

  9. Those are great finds! LOVE THE MIRRORS!!!!!!! I want them!

  10. You found some pretty mirrors. It's hard to tell where they'd look the best. I even like the red one as it is. Good luck!

  11. I love the white one!!! It is just my style and I am sure it will look great! I just love the details on it. I just love it! Good Luck

  12. There is not a Hobby Lobby near me! I had never heard of the place before I started blogging. I do have an IKEA :)

  13. i came from new friend friday. amazing what a little paint can do!

  14. Great deals!!! Have a great day!
    Please check out my Earth Day Giveaway at http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/2010/04/earth-day-giveaway-2010.html


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