Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mirror Updating & Mantle Makeover

Whew let me tell you how busy I've been this week. I've gotten so much accomplished that has been placed on the back burner forever. I feel so good about things. Staying busy is wonderful again.

Let me tell you and show you some of the things I've been up to. Take this mirror for example. It has hung in my foyer for three years running. Nothing fancy about it, just a pretty white framed large mirror. It hung over a dresser there and looked nice but I wanted to incorporate it over my fireplace mantle. It would stick out like a sore thumb the way it looks now. Please ignore my fuzzy cute little pink house shoes. And of course the plaid men's pj bottoms I live in as well.

Well I got the idea of painting it and making it match into my living room decor. Our living room is done in burgundy and gold. I know, I know, this is out dated colors but we love them. So here's what it looked like during the process.

The first part I painted looked like this. Then my intentions was to paint the inside part (what's still white) with a metallic gold paint I had. It looked terrible then. The metallic gold I had on hand looked more like mustard exploded on to the frame. (Forgot to take a picture of that mess). So I ended up painting the inside part burgundy as well.

Here's the after picture.

Now I know you see the touch ups I need to do and have now done. What's up with getting older and your eyesight failing?

Fireplace mantel for New Years.


I know that everyone says "do not line your treasures up", but I have not much of a choice in the matter. Our mantle is very narrow.

One of my gazillion birdhouses that was previously in the kitchen.

This jar (for lack of a better word) I made about 25 years ago in ceramic class. It has been sitting around collecting dust.

This grapevine wreath has dried roses from Valentine's past.

Sterling Silver ornaments that have been around for years packed in storage.

Rose floral swag purchased from Home Interiors once upon a blue moon.

A gift from a friend who made it.

I am so happy with the way the mirror and the mantle turned out. Amazing to me what you can do when you put your mind, spirit and brain into it.

For other transformations head on over to Transformation Thursday @ Shabby Chic Cottage.
Also participating in Whitney's "I Made It Without My Hubby" over @ Shanty2Chic.

Head on over to A Soft Place To Land and join in Kimba's "Do It Yourself Day".

I don't know about you but I love a good surprise party. Check out the one over at "The DIY Show Off" Show and Tell Surprise Party. This party will be going on for a few days so don't worry if you want to join late. The more the merrier.

Head on over to Leigh's "Thrifty Thursday @ Tales from Bloggeritaville" to see some great finds.

Wait till you see what I turned one other living room wall into.

Till next time,


Lei said...

That is a GREAT mirror!

Sandra said...

The mantel and mirror are so pretty...your almost ready for Valentine's Day too!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Congratulations on feeling like you accomplished a lot already. The new year isn't a week old yet and you can feel good about it already. Looks like you are putting some good intentions into action. Your mantle looks great. Do what works for you and don't 'follow the rules'.
Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog today! I love the mirror that you re-did. Looks great!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your mirror turned out so great! I can relate to how good it feels to get something accomplished. Pat yourself on the back - great job! laurie

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I like it!! Thanks for posting!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Tresia, your header and blog look great, and thanks so much for posting my party button! laurie

asnipofgoodness said...

Good job!

alittlefrenchloven said...

Hi Treasia, Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! You mirror came out great! My daughter has the french set that goes to that mirror (but no mirror). Hopefully I'll find a mirror for it before she out grows it. Have a blessed night!

Gee said...

Hi Tresia,

You have done a great job. Love the mirror very much. Thanks for sharing.

LDH said...

Good Morning, Treasia!

You picked a perfect color for the mirror! It works so well with your other items and it looks terrific over the mantle!

So nice stopping by to visit with you! Thank you for you comment too!

Kindly, ldh

Bird learning to fly... said...


Thank you for stopping by at Bird Crafts and for the cool comment! :)

I am loving the romantic mantle, and the ideas are really handy since mine is also narrow!

Here in Europe we don't tend to decorate for Valentine's that much, but maybe we should! :)

thanks again

Cha Cha said...

I love it all, but the color change on the mirror really sassed it up. Thanks for sharing.
Cha Cha

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love looking at your great before and after and seeing how fab both mantels look :). Thanks so much for linking up! I hope you'll join the party in weeks to come.


burlap + blue said...

That mirror is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing:)

Jennifer Poppy said...

such a romantic mantel..LOVE it:)


Sonia said...

The mirror looks great and the mantel is lovely..what a nice collection of lovely souvenirs up there!