Thrifty & Chic: Mirrors


While packing I’ve come across a few things that I’ve had good intentions for. I may end up keeping some, but it’s likely I’ll be purging most of them thanks to the TV series Hoarders. That show makes me want to clean & purge practically everything I own. Among those items is this mirror. It’s an okay mirror, but it definitely needs a face lift & surely has a ’90s country cottage feel to it. Let’s be honest, my mirror thrifting abilities pale in comparison to Kami & Susan.

This lovely thing was $3. I bought it with the intentions of fixing the chipping white paint & hanging it in Penelope’s room, but it just didn’t work out. I think for our new place I’m going to paint it some sort of orange or brown color & add hooks below for our keys when we walk in the door. I’m also thinking of making a basket to go up top the shelf for filtering mail. What are your thoughts?

As I mentioned before, my thrifting weakness is mirrors. I can’t seem to find any good ones. I have great luck with shoes, belts clothes & most furniture, but not mirrors. Is there something that you’ve shopped for that you’ve never managed to find? I want to know that I’m not alone.

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    1. Katie says:

      I wear a small shoe size and can never find thrifted shoes! Hope the move goes well and I can’t wait to see what you do with your new place:)

    2. Emily says:

      I love the idea of adding hooks for keys. I think it’d be great for mail- not too much junk can collect there. :)

    3. Your plans for this mirror sounds great! Can’t wait to see it transformed.

    4. amanda says:

      Ha, ha! My husband and I saw that show for the first time this week… it took us like half an hour to get our heart rates down after it was over. *shivers* The mirror is so gorgeous – I love the idea of it being orange! Maybe distress it a little, if it’d fit with the rest of your household decor?

    5. Laura chavous says:

      I found a great mirror for $6 on tuesday. It has a thick curvy baroque esque shape. Its gaudy and tacky and gold. I am going to paint the frame maybe boring white or black but may go for robins egg blue. Its going to be great!

    6. Laura chavous says:

      PS: I too collect items I have intentions of making over. I have a vintage modern pencil leg endtable that I have stripped and sanded but have yet to paint. Its perfect height for a kids table and even looks like a minature mid century dining table…

    7. Morgan says:

      I think mirrors is my (accidental) strength. I’ve randomly come across some really great vintage ones.

      My dream thrifty finds are really cute vintage dresses (I’ve found tons of so/so ones, but never one that I absolutely love) and a turquoise typewriter for my mantel.

    8. Emily H. says:

      I love it white but that’s just me and it would be sweet if the mirrors were little chalk board to go with the mail/keys theme and you could write little notes on it like ” mail in” / “mail out” or “don’t forget your keys”… great find!

    9. Christa Pirl says:

      I agree, mirrors are tough. I think that many of them just don’t make it through a move, etc, and just end up in the trash. However, KSL has a number of good mirrors….

    10. I actually LOVE this mirror. I personally think it’s the shelf at the bottom that gives it that country/cottage feel. I’d take that off and with your talent do some awesome painting technique to it. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    11. julie says:

      I have redone a few mirrors in my time and found some that I LOVE. What I yet have to find is a nice couch. I once passed up an amazing blue velvet couch and I still regret it….

    12. i have a really hard time with mirrors, too. i’m going to an estate remnant sale this weekend and my fingers are crossed so tightly in hopes that i find one!

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