Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gallery Wall of Mirrors


I'm so excited to show y'all what I've been working on--a gallery wall of mirrors in my bedroom.


Our master bedroom has been a work in progress for a long time.  I've been happy with part of the decor, but this wall had always stumped me.  One lonely mirror hung above the candle lamp, and that was it.



Finally I had an inspiration:  instead of taking away the mirror, I would add to it.  I searched through the attic and closets and came up with a couple more mirrors, but I knew I wanted more.  The ones on each end I found at Target.  That gave me five.  Then I went back to my attic and looked through all the wall decor pieces stashed there, including this clock:


I never really liked the clock very much, so I decided to experiment with it.  I used a hacksaw to cut off the crown at the top.  Much better!



Then I popped the clock works out of the back of the frame and used Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint to transform the glass into a mirror.  Presto!  Free round mirror!

Last, I wanted an antique mirror of some kind, but I couldn't find one that fit my price range.  Then I remembered the lovely old-looking frame of a piece of art I was no longer using.  I popped the art out of the frame and created an antique-looking mirror with the Looking Glass spray paint.  I simply gave the glass several ultra-light, uneven coats of paint, then drizzled a bit of white vinegar on the paint and wiped that away.  I added a few scratches for good measure, and voila!  An instant "antique"!



Armed with a collection of seven mirrors, I set out to arrange them on the wall.  For this step, I left the large oval mirror in the center of the wall and traced around the other mirrors onto brown paper.  Then I stuck painter's tape to the back of the brown-paper cutouts and moved the cutouts around until I found an arrangement that pleased me.



After that, I simply hung the mirrors right on top of the brown paper cutouts.  Once the mirrors were in place, I removed the paper from the wall.  I highly recommend making the paper cutouts.  So much easier than moving the real mirrors around!



Taken from the doorway:



Taken from our bed:



These photos give you a clear view of our "chandelier," better known as a ceiling fan.  It's too hot in North Carolina for me to surrender the ceiling fan in my bedroom!



I'm happy with the look of seven mirrors, but one of the wonderful things about gallery walls is that you can add to them or take away from them over time.  We'll see how long the wall lasts just like this!

A couple of other shots of our bedroom:


I made our bedding; you can read about it here and here.


Here's a before-and-after look at the space:


My husband really likes the new wall arrangement, which makes me happy.  It's his room, too!  And I'm so pleased with the change.  What do you think?

Note:  Bedroom wall color is Sherwin Williams "Mystery Green," a wonderful bluish-greyish-greenish color that looks different depending on the light.

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20 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks so good. I love how you take the time to make templates. I just make a lot of holes in the wall since I am impatient. I think we have very similar ceiling fans.

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

So cool! For some reason, I can never seem to find any of that looking glass paint in my town. I think I'll have to try a little harder now!

Scooper said...

Beautiful! Perfect blend of "more" without looking cluttery.

NanaDiana said...

Richella- It looks wonderful- great idea with the clock. I would never in a million years guessed that color would be Mystery Green. I love the shade- xo Diana

Dawna (Stitches from the Tub) said...

Your wall of mirrors is fabulous, I love how you made two more out of house finds. Visiting from Savvy southern Style it is easy to see why you were a top three pick. I am a new follower.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Lovely! What a clever idea to use the looking glass spray paint. Glad to see it worked so nicely. :)

Linda said...

I like your gallery of mirrors Richella! (Your dresser is neat!...and I like that candle lamp!)

I like how you traced around the mirrors to make your paper templates. I never think of things like that. (:>)

Enjoy your new look in your bedroom!

Love, Linda

Heather said...

It looks fantastic! I love all the different shapes of mirrors that you have. We love our ceiling fans too -- they are so nice in our hot NC summers...

Paula@SweetPea said...

A gallery wall of mirrors looks terrific in your bedroom. I'll bet they reflect light and make the space brighter, too. Your were clever to make your own mirror with looking glass spray.

Kelli W said...

Your gallery wall looks amazing! I love the tip about using the paper to decide where to put everything...and how cool that they make mirror spray paint!

Shannon @A Cozy Place Called Home said...

How pretty! I am glad you showed your wall of mirrors because that looks like the solution to a problem wall here at my house. The entire room looks beautiful.
Shannon

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, it looks fantastic!! That really filled up the wall nicely! You are so smart to use the paper, too. I usually wing it and that makes for many unnecessary holes :-)

Have a lovely week!

Tonya Diehl said...

LOVE your gallery wall of mirrors!! Your bedroom is so pretty! I love that wall color! And I'm right there with you about the "chandelier." I can't give up my ceiling fan either!!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

It's beautiful, Richella! How did you like the looking glass spray paint? I have a can but haven't used it yet, but it sure looks good!

Christa from Controlling Craziness said...

It looks beautiful. Love the darker framed mirrors against the "mystery green" wall color. Nice job.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love it, such a great idea and was so smart to do your own mirrors. That spraypaint must be popular because I never see it. lol! Love your dresser too!
Thank you for the two comments, you know, I still have to google it but soon because I do want to stain it darker:)

melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle said...

LOVE this wall of mirrors! My master bedroom is in need of a complete overhaul! Your room is very inspiring! Life to the full, Melissa

xinex said...

Beautiful bedroom, Richella!. It looks so cozy...Christine

Donna said...

That looks wonderful. I love that you used what you had. Amazing. Your bedroom looks so warm and cozy. Great job.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

It's beautiful!! I am so impressed with your bedding! You're very talented. :)

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