Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mirror Mirror on the Wall


Ever since I saw Mandi's Great Wall of Mirrors almost 2 years ago, I knew I wanted to do something like it someday.  Well, someday has come!  

I started collecting mirrors here and there, but a few weeks ago had a great thrifting day where I found several of the final larger pieces that I needed to pull it all together.  I gave you a sneak peek  of what I was up to earlier this week, so here's the whole thing!


When trying to decide where to locate this wall of mirrors, I finally came up with this wall that frames the laundry room in the hallway that leads to the kids' rooms.  It's pretty dark, even with the can lighting, so I thought a mirror (or 23) would help to bounce some light around and lighten things up.  Also, I've always had a large mirror in the breakfast room, but since adding a botanical gallery wall in that spot we've missed having a mirror handy to check before walking out the door.  This spot in the hall serves that purpose perfectly. 

I tried out lots

and lots

and lots

of different arrangements before deciding on the final order that I wanted.  Even once I began hanging them up, I switched a few things around from the intended layout.

I was craving a project using kelly green rather than my normal more mossy green that I have in the rest of my house, so I went for it on the frames here.  I think I'm liking it but it's not too difficult to change some day if I want to.  


The hazards of spray paint-and that was after 2 scrubbings!

This was a fairly budget friendly project.  All but the 3 little round ones and the Victorian type frame in the bottom left corner came from thrift stores, garage sales, or my attic.  I probably spent more on the 4-5 cans of paint than any of the individual mirrors.  

By the way, the paint is Valspar's Luscious Green.  This is the first time I've used Valspar spray paint, and honestly, I didn't really like it.  I thought the nozzle was too hard to spray and it dripped a lot.  Just my opinion...I'll probably try to stick with Krylon or Rustoleum in the future.



I've told Emily to watch out, we can keep an eye on her in her room from all the way around the corner now.  :)



Here's the view from closer to the front door:



And, I really liked Mandi's photo of her cost breakdown, so I'll do the same here:
   

Pretty big statement for less than $100, huh?


Many were regular frames that I added a mirror to, which brought the cost up a bit.  Hobby Lobby had some of the sizes I needed, but I had to get 3 or 4 cut at a glass shop.  I used the method I showed you for those I added the mirror to myself.




*Edited to add:  Here's an updated photo of the wall with my doors painted black.  Click here to read more about that project. 


**Edited again... one more photo with the current wall color...much lighter and brighter!




If you're not familiar with Mandi's blog, Vintage Revivals, you're missing some fantastic inspiration!  Visit her soon, you won't be sorry!


Linking up with:
Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures
Savvy Southern Style
The Shabby Nest
Classy Clutter
Thrifty Decor Chick 
Thrift It Link Party at Our Fifth House

37 comments:

  1. oh, oh, super cute, i may need to copy someday!!

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  2. Super cute! I did a few mirrors in my bathroom but still need more. :-) I like the color you used...bright and spring like.

    xo
    Pat

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  3. Kudos! Looks great, especially like the color!

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  4. Totally fun statement! Charming and a bit whimsical! I'll confess I would have never guessed this is what you were up to. :)

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  5. Oooo!! This is gorgeous! Love that green color and your arrangement looks fantastic!

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  6. Jennifer, your mirrored gallery wall looks fantastic!!! I love the color you picked out, sorry about the bad nozzle experience, I have had those too...but it was so worth it in the end, because this makes such a huge statement. I also love what you told your daughter..ha.ha..too funny, I'm sure she will be checking now. Have a great week.

    Kristel

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  7. The mirror wall looks wonderful!! I love the shade of green you used as well.

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  8. Love it! I've always loved the use of mirrors but have never seen a whole wall like this. Love the way you unified eveything with the green paint. Love the photo of your green feet ha! I'm always getting paint all over myself. This truly is great. Would you mind if I pinned it on Pinterest? Thanks for visiting me today.

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  9. It is so amazing! I can't believe how inexpensive they all were! I had been thinking about doing something similar in the little nook where Livi's desk/ vanity will go, now the mirror/ frame hunt is on. You always have such inspiring photos!

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  10. You are so great with the layout! That's tricky to do well. And I love a good spray paint project. And cheap. I love cheap. Lol. Too funny that you can check up on Emily. Haha! The whole thing looks fantastic. Unexpected pop of color...awesome!

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  11. I really like this idea! looks great !

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  12. Jennifer, the green mirrors look terrific! Love the color you chose!

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  13. I sooo love this!! And, love the kelly green. I'm pinning it. Turned out great. What a huge impact for not a lot of money.

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  14. Super statement - at a great price! Love the green! Pinning this!
    Kelly

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  15. Twenty three is the magic number and the green unifies and gives them energy. Love this.

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  16. Be still my beating heart! These frames are so awesome, I love that you were brave and went for a bold colour too. Im very into green right now. Also like the feet ;)

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  17. so cute. Love the color. Now following

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  18. LOVE LOVe love that kelly green color. And very cool arrangement. :)

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  19. Amazing! love the color and the mirrors arrangment! Great job!!!

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  20. Really, really cool project! I love the bold hunter green statement you've made (and very funny telling your daughter you can see her at all times from all angles!) ....

    :)

    Linda

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  21. Very cool! The green is so fresh and happy...love it.

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  22. Really, really great idea, painting all the frames the same colour, and I love the arrangement.
    Thanks for the inspiration !

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  23. Your mirror gallery wall is amazing! I love the color, and how unexpected being all mirrors. So cool!

    Tanya

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  24. Your mirrors turned out soo good!! Love the wall! :) :) Have a lovely day! xo Holly

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  25. Holy moly! The frames are amazing. And thank you for sharing the colour. I've been craving a Kelly Green also and have a large mirror I plan on doing. Now I just need to find out if that brand/ colour is available in Canada!!!

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  26. I love this luscious green color you chose!! Really pops off your neutral wall color!! I love that you laid out everything first before hanging them - your preplanning really shows since they all look so terrific spaced out so well and balanced! I love looking for thrift store mirrors too, I am moving soon and hope to create a gallery wall of pics and one of mirrors/empty frames. Thanks so much for sharing your great idea! Heather :)

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  27. This looks awesome...great job!!
    ~~~rhonda~~~

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  28. Love that green! What a fabulous focal wall! It must have been quite the challenge deciding on the final arrangement. Looks great!

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  29. I love this! You did a great job. :)

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  30. Paint really helps unify things. Love the drama of the green. Nice job.

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  31. very cool....I would like to do this in white to contrast a light coco colored wall.

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  32. That would look great! That's very similar to Mandi's post that I linked to at the beginning of this post. Her wall was my inspiration!

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