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Fall Mantel Decorating: Mirror…Mirror On The Wall

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How to ReUse The Mirror From a Dresser or Chest of Drawers

I use to have an old Victorian mirror over my mantel in my dining room.  It was something I picked up at a garage sale years ago, but I wanted change.  I wanted something above my mantel that was simple and bold.  I wanted something new, but as you know I was on a tight budget so I decided to shop my house and see what I could come up with.  I found a mirror that was hardly ever used, so I took it down to use in my dining room. It may not be brand new, but the mirror would be new to my dining room.

I took the mirror from my guest room. It was attached to a hand me down dresser. (I completely updated the dresser in this post)

Furniture Before and After Transformations

I painted the mirror black and gold with some rust and verdigris detailing.  I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Gold and Rust-Oleum High Heat in Aged Copper.  I sprayed the mirror frame randomly with both of these colors and let it dry. I then brushed on black gloss latex I had. Once that was dry, I used a small paint brush and added light green paint in the crevices of the frame to look like verdigris. When that was dry, I roughed up the edges with some sandpaper. *For a list of essential beginner and professional painting tips, visit my post here.

How to paint a mirror frame

I hung it above the mantel, but I didn’t like it – it needed some beefing up. I thought about adding some molding, but didn’t have enough large pieces in my scrap pile.

Furniture transformations-before and after

So I went shopping in my house again for something else and found another mirror that I bought at HomeGoods, but it was too small.  As I was figuring out what to do I put it on the mantel and leaned it against the larger mirror to get it out of the way and all of a sudden… I saw WOW –  I loved it.  One large mirror hanging on the wall, a second one leaning against it – 2 mirrors.

Mirror After

Here it the smaller mirror – centered.

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and here – off-centered.  So many options.

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Now that my Decorating Marathon is complete all I have to do is set the table, cook the turkey, and add family and friends to the room to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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  1. Now that is thinking outside the box. I rarely like mirrors on a mantel because they usually reflect the ceiling but your double mirrors are two different views and both are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Congratulations on finishing your big decorating project in time for the holiday! I love the two mirrors you came up with and I love that you used stuff you had around your house. You have such an eye for design!

  3. What a beautiful display. Adding the additional heavily framed mirror was the perfect touch. Well done. Should you happen to need another place to link your project, please don’t forget about the Boardwalk Bragfest every Tuesday. In fact, the link is up now. We love to brag on such creativity. Thank you for the great idea and inspiration. Have a blessed Thanksgiving