Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reformed Big Ugly Mirror

Remember when I showed you that big ugly mirror I got at a yard sale for $10?? Click {here} to see that thing again...go ahead, I'll wait.

I know right?!?

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Here's where we started. Sans beautiful tapestry and ready for some pretty.

I went to town with my favorite Heirloom White spray paint. Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

When I bought it originally, I had something like this in mind: Photobucket

Source...as near as I know.

You can see the rest of my Master Suite inspiration photos {here}.

I have the giant ampersand but I haven't decided if I want it to say "you & me" or "mr & mrs) or if I want to use vinyl or cloth for the other letters...too many decisions.

BUT! I knew I wanted to use this frame, ASAP.

Enter our current Mantle decor:

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App I haven't had a great plan going on in here since I took the Christmas off there. This is ok at first glace but allow me to put this all in perspective for you... Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Almost there:

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I know. Where did my little vignette go????

So I started over with a bigger base: Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App And I added some stuff from other places: Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Recognize that "Jones" sign from these pictures?? Click {here} to see the ones of which I speak.

I was trying to hold it up there to see what I thought...I got this great idea that I'd snap a picture and then I could "see" what it would look like. Note to self: Need longer arms. :)

I busted out my command hooks and it worked great!! Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App I added a few accessories and here's what I came up with: Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App And the whole effect, plus a Boxer. Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

I wasn't terribly in love with it but decided it would do just fine until I thought of something else.

Well, Jj didn't much care for the picture in a picture. He said, "that's weird. Do other people hang pictures inside frames that don't fit or did you just come up with something here?" I told him that I see it all over the internet and it's really quite normal. Alas, I agree with him...it's kind of akward.

So, I removed the "Jones" sign and put it back where it was.

Here's where we are now. I have a plan but I need a good coupon code to Mpix.com first. ;)

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App A little plain but like I said, I have a plan. Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

And about those cords that I tried to stuff in the basket...when we bought this house, we went ahead and had hook-ups for satellite TV added to this room. We have no idea if we want or exactly where we would put a TV in here. For now, I have the box and cords sort of piled into a basket...

Edited to include the following: Linked up to Jennifer Rizzo's Painted Project Party.

What's your go-to mantle decorating trick? I could use some assistance!


  1. What's wrong with the tapestry that was in there when you bought the frame? It was....uhhh....lovely. Teehee...was it something you could paint over? If so, that could add a whole boat load of options for you. My first thought was a chalkboard before I knew it was going over the mantle. I agree that the big frame fills the space better than the smaller one you had there. You could always layer pictures - by sitting one on the mantle, and then lean another framed picture against it..off center. (It also looks great with empty frames) Not sure if that makes sense. I'll try to find a picture of what I mean.

  2. That's the joy in decorating your own home!! You can take your time, do what you want, and then change your mind a million times, lol! Have fun and it will all come together eventually!

  3. Hey girly!
    I'm glad you like what I've done on my window seat so far, I can't wait till it's all done! I wanna sit on it and relax for a while..I'm bushed! lol
    Your mantel is TALL! I like the frame you found..and I love it white. :) Maybe you could tie the white in with something white on the hearth of your mantel too. Just a thought. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your vignette on your mantel. :)
    Have a blessed day!

  4. You need to hang the white frame higher (use command strips if you are afraid) and then add the black fame. You need some BIG stuff on that BIG mantel!!