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Painted Vintage Mirror

At the start of every new year, I attempt to get my house, life, and blog organized. I fail at about 98% of it, but it's the thought that counts, right? Or so they say....Anyways, I have a handful of projects I've been meaning to share, including this one about the painted vintage mirror we used in our blush pink nursery.

I think I've procrastinated on writing this post because this isn't some mind-blowing DIY transformation. I mean... I painted a mirror. That's it. Doesn't get much simpler than that. But I try to remind myself that not everyone is looking to take on Martha Stewart-level projects. I know in my current season of life, the lazier the project the better! Also, I LOVE  when other home decor folks share "before" and "afters", so with that being said let's talk about this mirror, dang it!

vintage mirror nursery

About a year and half before we found out we were pregnant again, I was wandering the aisles of Goodwill to waste some time on my lunch break, when a large box labeled "Oval Mirror" caught my eye. I was intrigued because I had it in my head that I wanted a vintage-looking oval mirror for an imaginary future powder room makeover. Please tell me I'm not the only one who buys and hoards things for future room makeovers that haven't even been planned or discussed?

So imagine my excitement when inside the box was an antique oval mirror!
Now imagine my excitement rising when I saw it was only $6! Never mind that it was a gaudy gold. That didn't stop me. It had potential. I couldn't get it into my trunk fast enough. I just knew it would be perfect for my make-believe powder room (haha!) 

painted vintage mirror

And in our basement it sat for almost two years.....

vintage gold mirror

Fast forward to the day we found out we were having a girl and you damn well know I was already designing a nursery in my head before the ultrasound tech even had time to clean me up. Right away I knew this mirror would be perfect for a girl's room!

So out came the paint and the paint brush and in less than thirty minutes I had a beautiful white vintage mirror for our baby girl's room!

painting a mirror

I used the same chalk paint as the one I used on her dresser (color is called Lace and it's by Vintage Market and Design) and I did the dry paint technique (dab your brush on a paper towel before applying) because I wanted some of the color of the gold to show through lightly. Basically I didn't want it to be stark white!

antique mirror girl nursery

Super happy with this $6 find! I stare at this mirror all the time during our night feedings daydreaming (night dreaming?) about her twirling around watching herself in it someday (I think we'll move it lower once she gets older). Something tells me we will get a lot of use out of it.

 I actually spotted the same exact mirror (but also painted) at a vintage/handmade market this summer and they were asking $60 for it! So I really do think I got a great deal! And that's the story of baby girl's beautiful mirror!

I still have a handful of nursery projects I need to share but let's not get too overzealous here, it's only 18 days into the new year! I wouldn't recognize myself if I was that on top of it. So stay tuned. I'll share them someday............            

Farmhouse Storage: Bins, Baskets, and Totes to Organize Your Life With

I have a confession to make. I'm addicted to organization porn. I can stare at it all day long. I don't always act out the scenes I see in real life (who the heck has time to chronologically and color organize every home decor magazine dating back to 2002?) but every once in awhile I come across something that really excites me and I can't stop thinking about it and if my house is lucky, I'll make it happen. A few weeks ago, Joanna (yes, as in Jo Jo, Joanna) shared some pics of her kid's organized baby keepsakes and the internet went crazy. Proof that I'm not the only one addicted to organization porn!

farmhouse storage ideas

Top Favorite Projects and Posts from 2017

A lot of our house projects were sidelined this year as we focused on our biggest project of 2017; the arrival of our baby girl! In between working and adjusting to life with two littles, we were able to squeeze in a few smaller projects like our kitchen shelves. Oh, and the days of  kitchen folding chairs FINALLY came to an end! Phew. With that being said, I'm eager to knock out quite a few projects in 2018. Now in order to get them ALL done all we need is a full time nanny, a money tree, endless energy, and about five extra hours every day! Sigh, can't a girl dream? In the mean time, I wanted to take some time to share some of the top favorite projects and posts from 2017.

top blog posts of 2017