Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mirror, Mirror...

Every time I think about starting a new project, I head over to Pinterest and start a new board to keep my inspiration pins. I have an odd sense of style and I don't think I've ever done anything exactly like the photos I've found, but I love how my boards can give me a great "jumping off" point.

When we started talking about finally doing something with our disgusting bathroom, this was one of the first pictures I pinned...

Something about that HUGE mirror really caught my eye - and I'm not even much of a gold gal. Most everything in my home is either brushed nickel or galvanized. But that gold mirror.....WOW. So, while I waited for the rest of our renovation to come together and get started, I kept my eyes open for the perfect mirror. And I actually found one. It was this beautiful French piece hanging in the back of an antique shop - with a $285 price tag. Uh...no. So, like any good bargain shopper, I asked if that was their best price. Turns out that it had been there for a while and they were willing to discount it 20%. $228? For the perfect mirror? Nope. Still couldn't do it. In my quest to do so much more with less, I had to walk away hoping that eventually I would find the perfect mirror at the perfect (for me) price.

And I did find it. On one of our weekly thrift store run throughs (and I have to admit right here that my son wanted to stop and I was being a whiner and just wanted to go home. So glad he won!). Jake spotted it buried behind a bunch of bad art. "Hey Mom, look at this..."

Not only did it have the curves I had hoped for, but it was just the right size. And the price? $9.99. I know. AMAZING. I didn't think it could get much better. But then it did. Turns out that blue tags were half off that day. Get out of town! The perfect mirror for $5?! Score! A quick trip to the store for a $5 can of gold leaf spray paint and a little elbow grease and this ugly thing....

 

...became this...

Yes, it's huge and it's gold, and can I just say....AWESOME. Can't wait to show you the rest of our bathroom make-over!

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