February 10, 2011

Craft Project Fail? Or Craft Project Fail To Be Determined?

This plaster mirror was in the house I grew up in.  I saw this mirror at least once every day until I was a teenager, at which point the number of times I looked in the mirror daily probably made 1988-era computers explode.
So when my mom asked me if I wanted it, I could not refuse its gold-leafed plaster-ness - even though it's not my style - because this mirror and I had been through peroxided bangs together (by the way? Plaster is about as heavy as a 1988-era computer.)

One of the things that attracted me to the piece was the oval beveled glass. It adds a fancy detail I like, but the gold had to go. Lately, I've been attracted to images of sparse interiors with lots of white and sudden bursts of bright colors. Like these:
So that's where I was headed. Big. Bright color. And shiny. I'll show you my results in the next post. Hint: Results are mixed. Use only as directed. May cause grimacing and wincing or smiling and nodding.


  1. I've been attracted to the same look. Just love the bursts of color.

    And then I want it really, really bold and bright. And for me, it's definitely not in response to winter, because I'm in Los Angeles.

    Love that mirror. Love the fact that you can hang it either way. But the gold would definitely have to go for me too.

  2. Oh, Lordy, you didn't paint it paisley, did you?

    xoxo mom

  3. I think this will be fantastic painted a bright color! I am not much into gold either, so I would be doing the same thing. Best of luck!

  4. Ha! Ha! I can't wait to see it!! ^_^

  5. have you seen the website apartmenttherapy.com? I read it all the time and love it. They show a lot of mid-century stuff (which I know you love) and a lot of the white with color style you just described. Neither are really my style, but when done right they're amazing to look at.

    The website also has lots of DIY stuff. Might be good for some inspiration :)

    Can't wait to see how the mirror turns out!

  6. i love it. i think it'll be a fun challenge to stretch your style. can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  7. OOOOOOOh! It's going to look so great! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  8. I can't wait to see what a fresh paint job will do for the mirror :o)

  9. Your mom cracked me up.

  10. We have an almost identical mirror....though our flowers are just a touch different. I love and imbrace glodness of it. But then my livingroom is full of rich browns so I *think* it works.

  11. I'm intrigued. And I love that rug you have it laying on!

  12. I feel this exact way about the color I just painted my bathroom. May love it, may hate it.

    Can't wait to see how it turned out. I hope you went candy-apple green.


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