Monday, November 9, 2009

All that glitters is not gold, but it sure looks like it, right? I discovered these treasures at Goodwill last week thinking they were too cute to leave, even if they are plastic replicas. At the very worst I could always pop out the mirrors and do a chalk board or something. I am hoping at least one will look good in our powder room, but that is where you come in!


Here is our existing mirror. Boring, right?


This is probably the hardest picture I have ever taken! And talk about a freaky looking arm, I had no idea I even had a weird elbow dimple...
But my two concerns are:
1. All our hardware is chrome, will a gold mirror look crazy?
2. Is it too small?


So here are the options, PLEASE share your thoughts!
1. Leave existing mirror
2. Paint existing mirror frame
3. Use oval mirror
4. Paint oval mirror some other color and use it
5. Use curvy mirror
6. Paint curvy mirror and use it
7. None of the above, look for a new mirror altogether.
Hope you have a gold and glittery kind of day~

105 comments:

~S said...

Hi!
My opinion for what it's worth. I think you should leave the existing mirror and put the curvy one on top but paint them both the same color. That way the deco mirror isn't too small for the room and it also gives you depth.
I know it wasn't an option but maybe it could work?!?

Bridget said...

I vote option #2 paint existing mirror frame. Even though I'm loving the new mirrors, they do seem a little small. But if you think you're going to paint the new mirrors anyway, I would give them a try. Sometimes it's hard to tell if something will work until you try it.

Lulu said...

My vote goes to #2 or #7. I agree that the curvy mirror is too small and the gold does clash with the silver. But then again maybe the 2-tone look is in and I just don't know about that yet? :) Would LOVE the idea of a bigger curvy mirror painted a dIstressed black or a modern neon color to contrast with the "traditional" curves. :) Love your blog!

Julia Stainton said...

Hmmmm...what if you painted the oval ornamental mirror white and mounted over your existing mirror?

Kaylene said...

I'd go #4 and do that distressed white thing you do so well...it's a little small if you would actually be USING it for much, but as long as the width isn't much smaller than the sink (can't really tell from the picture), I think the size is fine for a powder room. Can't wait to see what you decide to do. I LOVE your blog!

Get Your Martha On said...

I love the new mirrors, but they do look too small to replace the existing mirror on their own. I like the idea of layering one of the new mirrors over the existing mirror and painting the frames to match.

Mary said...

Hey Holly...I hate to say it...but I think the new mirrors are too small. The existing mirror is a little plain...not that it is bad, it is a great looking, but I think with the simple lines of your sink and faucet, I would do something of a conversation piece for the mirror. Something with some shape to a unique finish to it. A powder room is petite, usually, so there are not many opportunities for a WOW factor. The mirror is so focal in a small room, I think it would be perfect to do something interesting there. Does this suggestion just complicate things? Sorry! ;o) ~mary~

Love Being a Nonny said...

I would use both new mirrors like the picture you posted the other day. I don't think it matters that they are not the same shape...as a matter of fact, I like that!

Britlee said...

#4

brittany said...

#6. I am in LOVE with that curvy mirror but I think the gold clashes with all the silver in that bathroom.

I'm sure whatever you do will look fab :) I wanna see after pics!

areid1982 said...

I think silver & gold can be mixed together if you have other accents to play that up. I like the idea of hanging both mirrors on the corner walls like your other post. I love that they are similar, but yet different. I think it would be unexpected, but fabulous!

Maggie@Okay, now what? said...

I say......
4. Paint oval mirror some other color and use it

It's a powder room. It's supposed to be dramatic. How much mirror do you need. It is big enough to do the trick.

Jo said...

I love the new mirrors, but they seem too small! I would paint the mirror you have now and see how you like that.

Just Beachy said...

I think you should use the curvey mirror and paint it white or Black ...
Chris

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Mimi's Moments said...

Use both, do a layered effect.
I would paint both frames the same color. It would add some interest.

So Not Martha said...

I think you should use the new oval mirror-but painted. I vote for a bold color like an aqua blue or black high gloss. Although white would look pretty too!

melissalynnshelly said...

Whichever of the three mirrors you use, I think paint will do a world of wonders. Maybe black? Maybe a bold color? The size of the new mirrors seems fine to me. They are nearly as tall as the existing one. Actually, after looking at your photos again, I think the problem with the gold mirrors is not so much the size as the shape in relation to the 3-light light fixture. For that reason, I think the existing one might be your best bet--with a new paint color:)

Aunt+Uncle B said...

I vote #4, I think the oval one is nice, but I don't like the gold. I think a distressed white in the manner you do so well, will look so cut in the bathroom.
The size of the mirror is fine for a powder room IMO. Can't wait to see what you choose.

Ange said...

I would paint the curvy mirror either a chrome finish or whatever accent colour you're using in the bathroom....Red would look funky!

Kandy Newton said...

I would have thought the new mirrors are only too small if you use that room to put on your make-u or need a big mirror to reflect the light. I do think all the mirror frames need to be painted though - either a really funky colour, although that isn't really 'you', but how about the same grey colour that your baby photo is framed in?
Another thought, if you have the new mirrors where people can/might touch the plastic frames will you/they be slightly disappointed? Maybe it would be a better idea to have them up behind a sofa/chair/cupboard or somewhere similar, where they will not be touched. Just a thought.

MrsKBJ said...

Those mirrors are cute, but I say keep looking. I am sure you will find the perfect home for them. Maybe going up the stairs mixed in with your nautical paintings? I don't like the gold for the bathroom, but even if you paint them they are too small. You will find the perfect mirror when you aren't looking! :O)

pk said...

I would love the mirror layered on top of your existing mirror - either painted white or silver metallic.

pk @ Room Remix

Amber said...

the gold mirrors look great in the first pic but I feel like lighting in that room is really helping them out. In a small space like a bathroom I'm not the gold would have the same effect. I absolutely love the curvy one. If it's not a main bathroom I see no problem with a smaller mirror, if the effect it has is big. The bathroom seems rather plain as it is.

lisa said...

I agree with melissalynnshelley. The new mirrors would be perfect (I LOVE the interesting curves) if only the light fixtures weren't so wide (and square). I'd paint the original frame.

Fields of Linen & White said...

What if you used both mirrors, one in place of the white one and one on the side wall next to the sink, and painted them the grey color you have used before.
Good luck with the decision
Cheryl

brookester07 said...

I agree to put one of your new mirrors over the existing mirror and paint them both.

dianag said...

Paint the oval mirror a black lacquer for some drama!

Caroline said...
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hishouseherhelp said...

i like the curvy mirror better especially since its a little bigger. i dont mind when different finishes are used together but they need to have something in common in the room like another frame. i've seen a finish that is like a silver color and then gold on top and then kinda sand down the gold a little so some silver shows thru.

Caroline said...

I think you should paint the oval mirror! (Maybe a fun color to make it "pop")

As for being too small, I think it would look fine. But you can always try it and if it doesn't work out try a different option! Yay for paint!

The curvy mirror might be a little small, and difficult to see one's self in!

The oval would be a nice mix - adding funk, still being large enough, but not be to crazy!

rachel @ perfectly imperfect said...

if you like the shape of it & the size relative to the sink (i can't tell from the picture), then paint the curvy or oval one a fun color- maybe turquoise blue or shiny black? could be really dramatic & fun!
nice finds- i like both new mirrors! and i like the old one, too- if the new ones are too small, just paint the old one. it has good lines, but you could use a bit of color to make it pop. nice thing about paint- you can always change it!
happy monday,
rachel

ltw said...

Love it!

Lynn said...

I like the size of the oval one for a powder room - I think something bigger would be too overpowering. But it definitely needs painting and distressing!

Megan Daly said...

Hey holly
I am new to looking at your blog. But I figure why not put in my input. :)

A cheap fix would be to just paint the mirror white of black to match But in the long run... I love the gold mirror and I think you should replace the sink faucet and light fixture to coordinate with it. I don't think you should paint it. But thats just me. Thanks for letting us share.
Megs

Lajoni said...

I have the gilt oval ornate one or one that is very very similar and I painted it a distressed cream, which I love but imo fwiw would not go in your powder room the room looks too modern esp with the lights above ....I do like the existing mirror but would love it painted a deep rich magenta :)

*JEM* said...

I vote for option #4, go with the oval mirror and paint it a great accent color. The white mirror is too "hard" both in terms of its lines and in the feel that it gives the room. The oval mirror, in any accent color (besides gold, ha!) would look fab and give the room a great feel. You could go with a soft turquoise, black, red, orange or even go with a silver foil. I see a lot of people touching on the fact that they feel the mirror is small, however, I think this room is o.k. with that size mirror.

Erin said...

I would paint the oval mirror white and use that! It will jive well with all of your white and it is much more eye-catching than a plain rectangle (like I have!!)

Great finds as always, holly!

lcsmom said...

Here is my first crazy idea - not sure if it would work... paint the new mirror an antique silver tone. Put some white on white wall paper over the mirrored part of the existing mirror and leave it where it is. Then hang the new mirror over that. Like I said don't know if it would work but maybe some variation...

Second - hang a white shelf just above the water fixture then "lean" the new mirror on that. Still paint it in a antique silver.

Sarah said...

I would consider painting the existing mirror (it fits your space nicely) a soothing color, like a silver sage.
You could then place oval mirror on the wall opposite the sink. Maybe paint the frame silver and the glass chalkboard paint. although whatever you do will look amazing.

Carey said...

Opposites attract! Your square, modern sink could use a jolt of curvy and feminine. Since it's a powder room, you can monkey with the proportions, but I'd use the oval mirror since it has a bit more heft to it. And then I'd paint it pale aqua.

Ruby Slippers said...

Repaint the existing mirror frame. I really like its simple lines and it's the right size, too. The new ones seem a little small, and I've never been a fan of curly goldy frames, though they could look nice if painted lighter and antiqued in your special way!

Stephanie said...

My vote is to use the curvier of the two gold mirrors and paint it. Maybe prime it white, then paint it silver metallic with a bit of an aged look?

cassidy said...

Paint the curvy mirror and use it instead. Gold clashes with the faucet and the oval isn't as fun as the curvy one! But now I'm TOTALLY curious to see what you actually decide to do, so you have to post the end result ASAP!

Mel said...

Use the oval mirror and paint the frame silver! That would look fabulous in your powder room. Very elegant. :)

Kristy said...

The problem is not which mirror..the problem is your boring white walls. lol remember you asked.

Paint the walls something..anything other than white...then kep the existing mirror.....or swap it out for one of the other's painted in a coordinating color. The whole thing looks boring now because it's white on white on white on white..... Paint the existing fixture black..paint one of the mirrors black...and choose a color for the walls.

shay said...

#4 fo sho!

Nichole said...

paint the oval mirror a gray/blue

Taryn said...

I would paint on of the new mirrors white/grey and do that thing you do! I don't think it will be too small- it is just a powder room- right?

I love the new mirrors- the old one is fine- but you are right- a little boring.

Holly said...

THANK YOU!!! I love ALL the ideas!
I still have no idea what the final product will be but to let a few comments know:
1. The entire room was formerly black wallpaper. Yes, black! So I am not painting the walls again for a LONG time.
2. There is already a shelf over the toilet, and because of the height of the faucet I am not sure a shelf there would work, but I do like the idea of leaning a mirror.
3. The entire room is new, from floors to light to the sink so I probably can't justify new faucets, or light.

But I think I will try and see what happens with painting the existing mirror, only because I have no where else to put it anyways I might as well see where that goes.

I have to say though, the idea of layering mirrors is VERY intriguing! Maybe something I will have to play with soon.

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

Oh those are such cool mirrors! I really love them together, so maybe someone's idea to keep them along the stairwell would be fun... sperately I don't know if they're quite as awesome. I'm also not even a huge gold fan, but these looks so great as-is that I kinda don't want to see them painted over {:-/

I would not choose the wavy one for the bathroom, I'd love to pick the oval, but it does seem sortof small for the space (& I always like more mirror space with good lighting even as a visitor to someone elses powder room). The idea of resting it on a little shelf over the sink might be cool...but there's still the issue of the clashing finishes. So if you kept it and leaned it on a shelf I'd probably have to paint it grayish/blueish/silver...but would be sad to lose the gold.

N/M, I tried to find your new bathroom pics, and I see a similar shelf already over the toilet, so that may not look right on the same wall? (Can you show us more photos of what the rest of the room looks like now?) The pics I could find actually make me think the current mirror works fine, but you could add some light grey paint to it, or just something subtly more colorful, and that would be fine. (honsetly sorry my 'comments' are always so long). Can't wait to see what you do!

Rebecca said...

Holly! Wow I love those mirrors!!! you are the luckiest thrifter EVER! I think for now maybe paint your existing square mirror frame...maybe you could make it look really chippy and old? I am in love with those two cool mirrors...especially the curvy one but they may just be a teeny bit too small. Can't wait to see what you do with them!!!!

Hiker - Kelly B said...

#4

Annie said...

I vote #4 or #6. It may just be me, but I can't mix a gold frame with chrome everything else (although I catch myself in saying that, because we just moved into a new house and installed oil-rubbed bronze towel bars, t.p. roll holder, and shower curtain rod in a bathroom with all chrome hardware, and I love it).

Breeanna said...

I say that you should paint the vintage looking mirror and take out the "boring" looking one you have now!
Those are great finds by the way. I've been looking for a mirror like that forever!!!!!

sissie said...

I would paint those mirrors an off white and hang them in the room.
Then add a scrolly pediment above the existing mirror painted in the same creme color. That way you would have a romantic look going on.

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

Nice new mirrors, but I agree they seem too small. Paint the old one a different color to make it stand out more. Plus, you never know, you might find something else down the road.

Paul & Merideth said...

Okay....it seems like we all have some of the same opinions: Paint the oval amazingness of a mirror white (duh.) with some silvery antique wear showing through, then hang it over the existing blah white rectangle mirror that's already there for a layered effect. Whammo...instant cuteness. :) But hey...that's EXACTLY what everyone else is saying. Great minds think alike...and you started it all with that dimple arm shot. ;) Thanks for letting us in your world!

Melodie said...

I vote for #2. But I would maybe try and keep it gold...just a bit more subtle.

Simple Sage said...

I say use the oval!!! I think it will look fabulous painted, and it won't look too small. It is just a powder room, so you don't need a huge mirror!

Cecilia said...

Paint the curvy mirror.

KellyH said...

I say curvy mirror and paint it out a funky color. Soft Aqua color is my vote

Jessica said...

My vote is to keep the existing mirror and paint it, I think painting it with your mistint that you used in your frames on the opposite wall would be PERFECT! The new mirrors, although gorgeous, would clash with the frame wall that you did in the bathroom.

~S said...
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Meghan Hein said...

Hey Holly! I love the new finds but I think they're a little small. If I were you, I would paint out the oval one. (Either in a white distressed, or a high gloss black) I would hang the oval one in the center and then do a little grouping of smaller mirrors around it. (Similar to one of the pics you posted below but not nearly as many mirrors. I think it'd look lovely... like everything else in your home. ;) Have fun with whatever you choose. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Dave and Rachel said...

Paint oval!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Okay here is my opinion- not that it is that important :)
Paint the big existing mirror chrome to have it stand out from the white wall. Then hang the oval mirror painted white over it with a nice ribbon. It gives depth, some intrigue and layering which is always good. It keeps the gender neutral square mirror and upates it with chrome then throws in a bit of romantic girl with the white curli-q oval one.

Love the blog. I even took your advice and ordered the spray gun you have. Can't wait to get it out of the box and see how it works. Do you do anything in particular with your paint before putting it in the sprayer- like watering it down any? Just wondering.

Can't wait to see what you do in the bath..
tammy

Holly said...

Thanks so much again everyone! Great ideas and like you have all said, great minds think alike~
I am thinking that I may leave the existing one for now, but I am torn between doing a really funky color or something MUCH more chippy and old... and thank you so much to those of you who went back and looked at my old pics or remembered my photo wall and shelf! Great memory.

Tammy, I do water it down slightly depending on how thick it seems. Some brands are thinner than others and don't need as much. Have fun with the sprayer!

Elizabeth said...

My first time leaving a comment but I love the new mirrors. I also loved the wall display of some in that Martha picture you posted. How about getting a brushed nickle silver type paint, they have at Lowes, paint you existing mirror and the new ones, then arrange them on the wall together, adding some smaller ones to help balance it out. I can't tell if your wall is big enough for this though. If not, to add some spark, just paint the white mirror you have the brushed nickle to match you light and faucets.

erin said...

I don't agree with everyone else.I dont think the oval mirror seems to small. Especially if you added a sconce or something to each side of it. I would paint it a color. Maybe that grey you used on your chairs? I think that would look pretty with the silver. Then I would find some cute sconces or something to go on either side of the mirror. Thats my vote. :)

Lorie said...

I would paint the frame on the mirror you already have and then paint the frame on the oval mirror and use it somewhere else!

leslie said...

Love the curvy mirror, much more interesting lines! I would possibly paint it. how about a robins egg blue? I love all of your projects!!

Danika said...

My vote is hang either one over the existing mirror and pint them both the same color.

PS I just did a posting on my plog today about a mirror/frame from Goodwill (http://sweetzuzuspetals.blogspot.com/)I LOVE reading your blog!

Sara Dean said...

Curvy mirror, paint it a dark gun-metal silvery grey color. It won't be too small. Maybe you could take out the existing light fixture and put sconces on either side if room allows???
Found your site this weekend and I'm hooked!

Sara Dean said...

Curvy mirror, paint it a dark gun-metal silvery grey color. It won't be too small. Maybe you could take out the existing light fixture and put sconces on either side if room allows???
Found your site this weekend and I'm hooked!

Katie Bug said...

I would go with option 4.
Those frames are great. I can never find items like that when I go thrifting!

Little Lovables said...

My opinion, is to frame your existing mirror with crown molding. Easy and cheap and you can paint it.

Then, spray paint those plastic mirrors white or whatever and hang them somewhere fun... or send them to me!

6HartsforHim said...

my two cents.Paint the frame of the gold mirror.Perhaps distressed white?Or a dramatic black?Or a pretty gray? Anything you do will look fab I am sure!

lacadregafenice said...

6!
It's very very beautiful!
Bye
Francesca

Frederick Family said...

I Love the two new mirrors and I don't think they will be too small at all...I do think that if you use either one of the the new mirrors the light fixture will have to go...and put one with still three light but not in a bar like you have now...painting and distressing the mirros I think will look really great. I am not sure how I feel about one mirror on top of the other. Love, Love, love your blog...Good luck.

Victoria said...

I vote paint one of the new mirrors and use it either in place or over the existing. :)

Love your blog and know that whatever you decide will look great!

mrso' said...

I would paint the oval mirror. I think it looks much better than the plain one. Can't wait to see what you decide!

Courtney said...

Paint the curvy mirror...it will add some interesting lines and whimsy to the clean cut bathroom!

~just ask~ said...

oh yes I would definitely paint it. Maybe a pearly white - or a white with a touch of gray? I remember seeing a piece of furniture that you had painted that had some gray in it - just enough for contrast. It may look nice against the white wall.

It looks like it may be a little too small, but it's hard to accurately tell without being in the room in person!

Another idea would be to do something to jazz up the existing mirror...maybe put something on the wall on either side (not sure if space would allow for this option), or some sort of etching/frosting in the corners of the mirror. Those just popped into my mind immediately.

I have been enjoying reading your blog and seeing all the pics of your progress!

Robyn de Weerd said...

I'd leave both frames as is, and hang them side by side for a "his and hers" look.

elizabeth said...

Paint new mirror black!

Sandra said...

I would either choose no. 4, 1 or 7. Hope you will find the right decision for you.
Just listen to your stomach... I'm sure you already know what you personally prefer. :-)

Deb said...

Use the oval mirror and paint it turqoise!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I'm with those who say to layer the mirrors. I personally love the curvy mirror, but the oval one would be nice as well. Paint either one white, hang with a big ribbon over the existing mirror. VOILA! Instant "wow" factor in a small space!

Michelle said...

Definetly the curvy one, the square bottom matches more with the square sink, the oval one on top looks like you're playing with kindergarten shapes. so the curvy mirror to glam it up, and of course...white...with minimal distressing. just my two-bits.

kim said...

Maybe you could cover the frame of your existing mirror in a modern fabric? That could be too much work possibly.

Kim W

Kristin said...

I think you should hang the oval mirror and leave it as is. It's a powder room, and so the size is OK and I like that little pop of something different with the gold finish.

Just my two cents... ;)

Michelle said...

The new mirror may be too small (curvy one) but I say paint it SILVER and try it!!! Or the grey you have used for some other pieces. I LOVE the mirrors. You will find a great home somewhere I am sure of it!

Michelle said...

OK, so I was thinking you should use both somehow in that room but didn't know how you should. Well I just saw the previous post where two mirrors were used and you thought you needed the same mirrors to do that I don't think so!! Try that! I think that would be totally unique and cool. Can't hurt to try right? :)

Erin said...

Paint oval mirror and use it!

Becky said...

Hey Holly, For some reason I can't email you so I am going to ask you my questions here. Can you tell me the exact model of Campbell Hausfeld sprayer that you use? Do you only use water-base paint? When you distress your furniture what do you do it with? Do you use a stain or a glaze and what color? Alot of questions but I couldn't find the answers anywhere on your blog. I am in Utah and trying to start making a little money painting furniture so I can still be home with my kids. my email address is beckyjblood@yahoo.com if you want to respond there. Thanks!

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

(Wow you've already racked up 96 comments...I wonder how many total followers you really have now!)

I just saw Kim's suggestion on the fabric idea over the current mirror, and just wanted to add a vote for that. I think that could be really cool (though possibly a little hard to keep nice, next to the sink?) I've seen fabric adhered to dorm-room cinder-block walls like wallpaper with this diy mix of water and somekind of starch, and that's what I pictured doing to lay it smooth on the frame. Creative idea, Kim :)

Hello Lover... said...

I also love the idea of layering the mirrors! Go for it!

Brooke said...

I think you should wallpaper the room and out the gold mirror up! It would be fun for a little powder room!

arobinsonphotography said...

I vote for NO 4...i love the oval because it's different and unique and i think it would pop if it was another color!

prashant said...

I vote option #2 paint existing mirror frame
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Pam Lampe said...

No opinion on the mirror but I love your writing style.

Emily A. Clark said...

Just found your fun blog and am adding it to my blog roll. Love it!

As for your powder room, it looks very similar to mine right now and I am not feeling all that inspired as to what to do. My first thought is that the mirror would look great in a white lacquer. . . I have one I recently painted silver and still haven't hung. Decisions, decisions. Good luck!

nadine said...

HI!
i just found your blog and i love it so much!!! i just came across your mirrors and thought it was so crazy that about 7 months ago i had found the same exact oval mirror at my goodwill :)i put mine up in my craft room and it looks amazing since i painted it black. i think it would look super good in the bathroom if you maybe painted it cause mine looks so much better i think it stands out alot more. maybe try black or grey would look good i wish i could show you a picture but im not to sure how :)

Melissa said...

I am late and sure you have decided. But just in case use the curvy mirror but def. paint it! I love your blog and your style. Just found it. Good luck and hope to see bathroom after photos.

 
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