June 26, 2010

Mirror Mirror: Keeping it Simple

Dining RoomI had so much fun staging Bonnie’s condo… and the results were, without doubt, terrific! Forgive me for tooting my own horn ;-)
When I first assessed the dining room I knew that the perfect addition would be a large mirror – not only would it fill a long wall, it would reflect the fantastic south-facing view from this 21st floor condo when people walked into the Mirrorroom (photographer didn’t take this photo from eye-level).
I sourced out the ideal mirror from Ikea – the wood was a good match to Bonnie’s dining set, and it had a clean contemporary line that worked really well with their overall style.
After the job though, the mirror came home with me to be stored in the attic. What an unhappy place to be!
Then Thursday my daughter Ashley told me that her friend Nicci was in desperate need of a full length mirror. She said that when ever they’re getting ready to go out clubbing, she and Nicci can’t fully check out their beautiful selves to ensure that they’re ultimately gorgeous! HaHa!! So as you can see, “desperate need” is an excellent assessment of the situation! :-)
As soon as I learned that Nicci needed a mirror I thought of the one in our attic. But while it was perfect for Bonnie’s dining room, it wasn’t ideal for Nicci’s place. We only had the evening to fix it up… so what could we do?
Ashley chose the colour (a sage/olivey green, the accent colour in Nicci’s apartment) and I set to work.
DSCF0717I started by lightly sanding the frame…
Next came the painter’s tape… and then… the paint brush!
Of course we can’t complete ANY project around our home without our supervisor, Scotty!!
As I was painting I found myself thinking that something was missing. Sure I was taking a simple wood frame and giving it some simple colour, but how could I add something special when I only had an hour?!
Out came the painter’s tape again… a stripe was needed around the frame!
A simple detail for a simple frame, but it really jazzed things up!!
DSCF0725Now I was worried about how Nicci was going to clean her mirror without removing the painted stripe… so the next morning, before Ashley and her Dad took the mirror over to DSCF0724Nicci’s place, I pulled out some clear faux-stain glass stuff and I sealed the stripe. At least I hope I did!! HaHa!!
The results are great. Clean, simple lines yet a fresh look for a young woman’s apartment.
I was told that Brian would be helping the girls hang the mirror, and that I’d be able to join them to take photos… but the girls were getting ready for a night on the town to celebrate Nicci’s birthday so they were in a hurry so told us “another time!”.
But Ashley took a few photos of the mirror in it’s new home… not quite how I’d showcase the final results, but it’ll do! Besides… you get to see my beautiful girls, too!! :-)
Nicci tells us she loves her new mirror!
And you KNOW those lovely girls will be posing in front of this mirror on their way out the door to celebrate… a perfect mirror transformation for 2 perfectly beautiful images!
Happy Birthday Chickie!!
Butterfly It’s that time again… time for Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks to our host Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for 76 weeks of blog-party fun!! Be sure to make check out the transformations shared by other party-participants… and thanks for dropping by DesignTies!


Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Nice work! It's amazing what a little paint, painter's tape and imagination can get you!

Marcus Design said...

I love the stripe idea! Great work, so simple but amazing what an extra-special touch it added. Happy weekend Victoria!

Kat said...

You did a great job on this. Loved it in your friends condo, love it even more in this incarnation. The stripe was really a genius touch. Kathy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The stripe absolutely jazzed that baby up, Victoria! I hope it does stay on. How cute are they ~ it looks like it will be getting good use, but you remember how it was, the over the shoulder look to make sure your butt didn't look fat. Now I do the over the shoulder look to make sure my butt isn't hitting the ground! : )

Lisa said...

That stripe is perfect - changed the entire look of the mirror! Glad that the girls have somewhere to check themselves out...can't have them wondering about how great they look!

Unknown said...

cute, mirror...cute girls!
thanks for sharing your diy tricks. i like the extra line!

Christy said...

Oh how lucky those girls are! What a great story that mirror has!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Great job! The stripe is awesome.

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

Hey, what a great idea to paint the actual mirror! Genius!! I have a mirror above my sofa that has been begging me for a makeover for a good while now, I'll take your project into my idea collection, haha!! Oh, and your girl is gorgeous!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Love this idea! How fabulous to frame a mirror! Great inspiration - tfs! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Anonymous said...

You did a marvelous job on the mirror and I love the added tiny stripe! Oh, and you do have gorgeous gals!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

The mirror looks great! A cool one for my daughter's room is on my project list.

BubBLeS said...

What a great idea, Victoria! That mirror looks awesome. I feel like you can resell it for at least twice the amount Ikea charges for it! :)

Decor To Adore said...

Now this is a gorgeous mirror! You are amazingly talented!

Atticmag said...

What a sweet story and a beautiful mirror for Nicci. I'd love it too but she's a lucky girl and you're a great Mom. Thanks for stopping to see the amazing kitchen Allison found. Jane F.

Emma said...

How nice of you! Love the thin paint line. Makes all the difference.

Alexson said...

Love the clean lines!

Willow Decor said...

Love the paint on the mirror! A great idea! Great job!

Rose :: said...

highly recommended. i can really see how adding mirrors has helped you sell that condo.

we have 7 large mirrors in our (not that large) house (not counting the smaller ones) and it works great: light everywhere!!
plus they are all antique with lovely decorative details, adding greatly to the ambiance of the home.

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