Tamara of Provident Home Design had inherited some Restoration Hardware catalogs from a friend about a year ago. Even though she knew it was out of her league pricewise, Tamara is always on the lookout for inspiration to get a “high-end look on a low-end budget.” A French Empire design mirror caught her attention, and […Read More]
Ashley from Bigger Than the Three of Us fell in love with a flower-shaped wood mirror from Anthropologie. It cost a whopping $400, but Ashley wasn’t discouraged because she knew she could make a similar one at her price point. This really is a surprisingly simple project. Ashley just created a paper template for her […Read More]
Beth from Sawdust & Embryos was inspired to create a gorgeous scrolled mirror using one of her favorite power tools – her scroll saw! Beth traced the design onto a piece of MDF and then cut it out with her handy dandy saw. A little paint and poly later, Beth attached the mirror and hung […Read More]
Cheryl from Snaps of Ginger recreated a beautifully detailed mirror from Anthropologie using only three materials for a grand total of ten dollars! Cheryl started off with a mirrored candle plate from Hobby Lobby, added some metallic gold trim with hot glue, and VOILA! You could easily use this technique to make a larger, eye-catching piece or create several small mirrors with slightly different designs to cluster together. They are so easy why not make a few???
Sharon from Lilikoi Joy had the idea to place long mirrors above her nightstands to mimic the look of windows. Unfortunately, the mirrors looked more like the cheap plastic door mirrors they were than the pretty windows Sharon had envisioned. Instead of tossing them to the curb, Sharon decided to give the mirrors a “Hollywood regency style glam makeover.” They certainly don’t look cheap or plastic now!
I know people often look at the things in thrift stores and garage sales and wonder what in the world it is and who would ever buy it. Like a nut bowl that looks like it was cut from a tree trunk. Where one person sees a strange, old nut bowl, a creative genius like Caitlin from the Desert Domicile sees an urban chic Anthropologie-inspired mirror. Caitlin took the $5 nut bowl and in just a few steps turned it into this amazing mirror that seriously gives the Anthro inspiration a run for its money. I love how Caitlin used one of her late grandmother’s Mexican woven belts so the mirror is not only stylin’ but meaningful.
You all know I have about of a love affair with stenciling. With the endless design options and potential for taking the ordinary to extraordinary, there’s a lot to love. One thing I am yet to try stenciling is a mirror, but Beth from Free Stylin’ does a fabulous job showing how it’s done. She used a large stencil to transform a cheapo door mirror into a stunning decorative piece. Amazingly, the pattern is almost identical to her Ballard inspiration!