Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Turn A Vintage Mirror Into Shelving

Hello!

It's spring!

I can tell because I'm spending A LOT of time pulling up the weeds that took over the area (grass) that I dug up two falls ago which I never dealt with last year. Last year I spent my spring in Oklahoma with my grandson and other family. Then somehow the summer got away from me and I never got ANY of the gardening done last year. I did kill the saw fly larvae that try to eat up my creeping Jenny every May.  All that said, I'm a full year behind in all my gardening.

And it sucks.





Remember this shelf? I liked that shelf.

But it was too small.

And it was missing something.

Like a mirror.


I had this mirror . . .






In my shower.

It was the perfect size for my space.

I just had to cut off the trim on the right side. The left side trim was already missing.

So I painted it up and added 3 sets of brackets. Some I had already and some I bought at the Hobby Lobby half-price.

I painted them, too. 

Then I distressed it and waxed it.

Done.

I hung it on the same cleat I put up for the shelf.

Remember, I use cleats when I want great stability and even weight-bearing.





Until the white shelf moved in, I always had a mirror in that spot.

And it was right.








The mirror there does something very important.

It reflects light.








From some angles it reflects light from the living room windows.





From other angles it reflects the light from the dining room.





And in the magical world of mirrors, it continues to reflect, which continues to reflect, which continues to reflect . . .

It's miraculous.

And important in the greylands where I live.







I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking that the black walls make the room dark.







But you are wrong.

And that is a discussion for another day.





I really didn't like the closed in sides of the first shelf.

These metal brackets I used to hold the shelves leave the sides open with just a hint of interest.





And.

Truth be told.

The first shelf was a little traditional for my taste.




This shelf is perfectly me.

But I said I would let you vote.

So please vote.

The old one

or 

the new one.

??????

I live in anticipation of your answer.


Please don't let me die.





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12 comments:

Kirby Carespodi said...

I don't like either one of them, so you can send me all your white pitchers. ;) No...I actually like the new one, too. But you can still send me those pitchers.

YankeeBelle said...

I love the new mirror shelf! It is perfect for that spot. I love how you used three different style brackets and unified them through the paint color! It makes the shelf more interesting without looking hodgepodge!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I vote new, excellent job on it, adore the paint color.

Robin Henderson said...

I really, really like the "style" of the new shelf. The size and shape of it make it a better fit above the newly painted hutch. However, the pretty white pitchers seem to show up much better against the black backdrop with the old shelf... or at least it looks that way in the pictures. You would be a better judge of that, since you can see it in person. :-) Beautiful job!

Leslie Harris said...

Wow, you are so creative! I love this Karen.

Marigene said...

My vote is or the new one! I do want to hear about your black walls, too. I had thought to do one room in black, then decided it might be too dark.
Enjoy the rest of the week, Karen.

Nikki G said...

Well I didn't think I could love it any more than I already did, but I do. I DO!!!! NUMBER 2!!!
Love the scrolly different designs brackets! I would never have thought to add the shelves over the mirror. Fantastic!
:) gwingal

Art and Sand said...

The second one - definitely!

Teresa Ivey said...

Second one!!! Question: I have some glass light fixture covers like the ones you have hanging on that side wall & have been trying to figure out how in the world to hang them like that! (1 of mine is identical to 1 of yours!) What did you hang them with?

Teresa Ivey said...

Second one!!! Question: I have some glass light fixture covers like the ones you have hanging on that side wall & have been trying to figure out how in the world to hang them like that! (1 of mine is identical to 1 of yours!) What did you hang them with?

~ Dixie said...

The new one. It really looks great!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Haha, I like the new one . Looks great!

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