Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mirror Windows for the Fireplace

Here I am again with another living room project! This makes the room! In case you forgot, here is the room with the new paint color and the mantle. (Please excuse the night shots...the color is less than desirable!)
 I have been wanting to find a way to bring more light into the room and open up the space a bit. While scavenging on Pinterest, I became inspired to use mirrors:
 
Upon realizing how much I loved the look of the mirrors, I knew just what I wanted to do. I hopped on over to the dollar store, hoping to find some simple, frameless mirrors to create the look of the first photo. What I found, I ended up loving more! They have these cute little framed mirrors and they are, obviously, a dollar each! so for $8 I got these:
 To test them out o size and placement, I nailed each one up to the wall separately, starting with the top left and using a level to get them even.


 I then used a measuring tape to get the distance from the top of the mantle to start the other side. On this side I started with the bottom right, because it was the easiest to measure. You may notice the space between the top and bottom row is a bit off, but I fixed that later :)
 Now, when I dreamed up this little project, I envisioned white frames. So, I covered each mirror with paper and painted them with a brush. The hair dryer was a product of my impatience between coats. :) Would it have been far, far easier to pop the mirrors out and spray paint them? I am sure of it. But I was on a roll and decided to go this route using the same paint that we used for the door and mantle to make sure that it matched.
 After giving them adequate (just barely) time to dry, I used a razor to scrape any paint off of the mirror and then I popped those babies back on the wall, fixing the placement of the bottom two when I did.

They are absolutely perfect for what I had in mind! I love how they reflect the sunlight around the room! Because of the way that our house sits on the lot, the majority of the day, sun comes in through the back of the house in the kitchen. It is amazing to have mirrors placed exactly where they catch that sunlight and shine it into the living room.
 They are so cute and look like they came with the room! I love the way that the white pops off of the tan walls.
 We do have our winter mantle up, and it is fabulous! But that is another post for another day. For now, I will continue to marvel in this little $8 room pick-me-up.
Seriously, isn't it so fun to walk into a room in your house and feel like you can't help but stare??? I LOVE it! I think that this is by far a perfect solution for a windowless wall to bring some light in. I could not be more pleased!

6 comments:

  1. Looks great. Love decorating with mirrors. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  2. Wow the transformation is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope twenty twelve is everything you wish for and more. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout the year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  3. Looks great! Good idea and you your can't beat the price.
    ♥Linsey

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  4. Totally love this idea. I think I want to do a wall of "mirror windows" in the one media/bedroom downstairs that has no windows. Love how your's turned out. Lord knows I love the Dollar Store (smile).

    One of your newest followers!

    Bernadette @ www.b3hd.blogspot.com

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