Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wisteria Mirror Hack


Today I'm going to participate in Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch and Today's Thrifty Treasures hosted by Rhoda of Southern Hospitality. Please be sure to check out both blogs for more fun makeovers and yardsale finds!


*All pictures open larger when you click on them.

Last week I found a mirror at Goodwill that I made over and decided that I was going to do a wall of mirrors on my tall wall in the foyer. Well guess what? I found another mirror at Goodwill for $8. Here's the before:



So I was going to very happily just paint it black and add it to the one I did last week when....




I saw this in the Wisteria catalog (my favorite catalog even over Pottery Barn).



$499 plus $75 shipping! But I loved the scale of it. Then I thought well I just got a scrolly mirror, maybe I can come up with something similar.



Is it exactly the same? Well no, but it's $491 dollars cheaper and it gives the same effect! It's hard to photograph black in my foyer as there's no natural light, but take my word for it -- it looks really good!




That's just a piece of black foam core behind the mirror. I didn't want to attach it permanently to a piece of wood because I know myself.....I'm going to want to change the color or something somewhere in the future and I didn't want to have trouble taking it off if I had glued it on something.



I actually found alot of wonderful things last week but I'm just going to show you one more.



This print was $3 and change because.....



...it had a tear. You probably didn't even notice in the first picture. You really can't tell unless you're right on top of the print with your nose pressed to it! Now who would do that!


So I fixed it. I taped it up in the back and then borrowed my daughter's artists paints and a brush and touched it up in a few places.



But you know, for under $4 I can even put it outside on my screened porch or on my patio and not have to worry about it!


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit!



64 comments:

ellen b said...

Very nice Manuela! Your mirror redo is wonderful. I like the grouping, too. The print is really nice. What a great fix you came up with...

Mary said...

What a great idea Manuela - your's is every bit as attractive as Wisteria's.......and at a terrific saving! Nice job dear.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love your mirror redo, Manuela!! I also like the way you fixed up the print.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Great idea for the mirror! Thrifty and it looks fabulous!
~Michelle

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Love the mirror & what a great way to display it. I love to copy other ideas & make them my own too. Great job on fixing the print, I would have done that too.

marty39 said...

The mirror looks awesome on the dark board. What a great idea. Really gives some added interest to the wall. The painting is just lovely and what a great price. Your really did find some great treasures. Hugs, Marty

tales from an oc cottage said...

LOVE the mirror!!!!!!!


m ^..^

Melissa Marie said...

That mirror is stunning!! Beautiful job!!

Linda said...

Manuela, that is such a striking way to use the mirror. Really nice! Linda

Kathi said...

Love that print! Looks great in your home too!

glorv1 said...

Wow! That came out pretty nice Manuela. You did a great job on the print too. Very nice. Have a great week thrifty woman.

Nissa said...

I love the look of the mirror mounted on the board. Very pretty!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What I like about it..in addition to the price savings, is the creativity you showed. good going.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great redo! I would have never thought to put it on a board like that.
Glenda

Anna said...

the mirror looks wonderful!

Barbara said...

I liked the mirrow.

Terri and Bob said...

I love the mirror and the painting. You are teaching us so much about the art of restoration!

Jennifer said...

Great job! I need to find a mirror asap!

Chanda said...

That mirror looks great! I like how you put the foam board behind it. It really makes it pop!

Suzanne said...

Wonderful mirror redo...and you saved that pretty print! What a great buy!

Shelia said...

Oh, Manuela! You did a wonderful job with your mirror! Actually I like the shape of your mirror better than the one in the catalog and the black behind it makes it sing! Your canvas is gorgeous and what a deal!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kammy said...

Great job ! So funny cuz I did a black mirror too....just found one the other day...I think we may have started something...LOL !
Hugs ~ Kammy

scrappy quilter said...

Very pretty. I like how you patched up the picture. That is just so cool.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Your mirror looks great! and you're right, I couldn't see the tear on your painting. I would have taped it too, it's beautiful. I think someone else found a mirror this week and painted it black also :)
Toni

Mimi Sue said...

Good job Manuela. I think I like your version better. Mimi

Meghan said...

I'm so jealous! I've been searching for a mirror like that! What a find!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Ok I'm jealous! The prices in our thrift stores here in the SF bay area are outragous compare to what others have found in their thrift stores! There was a mirror not even as nice as yours at the Salvation Army and it was priced at $45.00! Of course I passed on it. I just bought some Churchill plates and I'm still bugged at how much I paid, but I knew they would vanish fast. I'm gonna move lol!

Anyway, your mirros look so elegant! Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Betty said...

Looking good!

Betty

Paula said...

Great job on the mirror. I love seeing how you make over thrifty finds. It's inspiring!

Kathleen Grace said...

The mirror is beautiful! I love taking expensive ideas and adapting what I have to get the same feeling.

Jennifer said...

Hi Manuela, Your mirror project turned out nicly and looks very comparable to Wisteria's. And who can beat the savings?! It looks great! I love the art print. Paintings are so attractive and add so much to a room. You are just so creative to repair it.

Have a fabulous Monday,
Jennifer

Kelly Bergsing said...

You are so crafty!! I would never have thought about fixing the painting like that!! I love the mirror!! It looks wonderful!!

Ally0005 said...

Great finds!!
Love the mirror redo.

Ally

marmielu said...

Good stuff! The mirror was great before the foamcore, but good for you to be such a copycat - and so frugal! I love it. That picture is nice too, and I love when I can "fix" something that no one else would want. Thanks!
Mary Lou

Sue said...

Manuela, Once again you have worked your magic and transformed a so-so piece into something lovely. Adding the covered foam core was genius- Kudos to you!! :-) Sue

Debra from Bungalow said...

Great finds, great ideas! Love it all, especially the mirror and good job with that print....no one will ever know.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What an amazing redo! I love Wisteria too. Your mirror echos the original so well!
Hugs,
Penny

Vee said...

Manuela, that's an incredibly nice arrangement of mirrors. You should have your own show!

Michelle said...

Nice transformation!! Spray paint is a girl's best friend! Happy MM!

Tomarie said...

What beautiful transformations!! I love your style too! :-) Laura

mamaK said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Love the print, and the 'fix'!

Brenda said...

Actually, I like your mirror better than the one in the catalog! I think it has lots more character. And the tear in the painting? I agree: you can put it outside and who cares? But if you bought an expensive one for the outdoors and it got rained on, you sure would! Great job thrifting, girl!
Brenda

Kim said...

Great redo on the mirror. And fixing the painting was genius.

Becky K. said...

Wonderful, Manuela!

Great use of your resources and talents!

Lady Katherine said...

Love your mirror make over! I love the look! I also love the painting! I got one I got to give a little paint to. Love how you are grouping Mirrors!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

So Lovely Manuela! I love the mirror redo and what a huge savings and yours is just as beautiful! Thanks for coming by my blog and thanks for the wonderful advice! I love your blog and look forward to your posts everyday!

Rue said...

Both projects turned out wonderful Manuela! I love that catalog too :)

xo,
rue

Mrs. Dunbar said...

That mirror looks AWESOME!! I may have to snatch the same idea.

Tanya said...

Manuela, I love all things Wisteria! Your frugal knock-off is fabulous and definitely glamorous! I'm going to sign up as a follower and I don't know why I didn't before. hmmm

Manuela said...

Oooohhh loved the mirror! And you did a fantastic job with that print.
Thanks for introducing me to those other blogs. Oh my goodness, I am hooked!

Lisa said...

You are so talented. I love the mirror and the print fix is fabulous. It is always fun to save money. Who buys those mirrors in catalogs? I always wonder about that, while I am drooling.

Storybook Woods said...

What a deal, you did it again xoxox Clarice

Crystal said...

Wow, that mirror turned out just great. I would have never thought of foam core. I too like to change my mind alot, so that was a good idea. I have fixed prints up myself, it gives me great satisfaction to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Thanks for sharing!
Crystal

Marie said...

Hello Manuela - I absolutely love your mirror make-over. That frame is fabulous! Great find for a terrific price!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

~Caro~ said...

i just cannot wait to find a mirror with such intricate detail around it!!!
You're so lucky!!!!

its so very cheri said...

Gorgeous
Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You are brilliant! I love coming to see what you've re-invented. This looks fabulous! laurie

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Love the mirror makeover. Great project and it looks beautiful.

june@craftyniche said...

Very lovely! I am impressed with the patch up and touch up of your painting too. :)

Sharon said...

Looks great Manuela! You always come up with the greatest projects. I love how you re-did the mirror and that print is so nice! Have a wonderful day!

~Sharon

Taryn said...

Nice work! I love it. I never thought about trying to fix the broken art. Good idea.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Bravo!!! Bravo!!! I LOVE everything you do and share, but you've outdone yourself with this gorgeous mirror.

Jen r. said...

Love the mirror, it looks great!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

I love the mirror look for less. How cute and what a savings!

I’m hosting a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday”. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in Thursday!

Kat

www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com