Mirrors, Mirrors on One Wall!


The thing about home decor is, it’s never finished. It — as with the people who inhabit a home — is always evolving!

I posted recently on the vintage architectural downspout I turned into a planter for my dining room wall (reflected in the quatrefoil mirror.) Until recently, this mirror was the only one, hanging by its lonesome, over a small console.
drmirror2Once placed on the wall, the planter was out of scale, overwhelming the small mirror on a much larger wall.  I needed to beef up the heft of the a wall decor over the console. This is what I ended up with!

drmirror3 The mirror behind the quatrefoil is one that has been sitting, literally, on my living room floor for longer than I should admit. It’s an old Pottery Barn piece, with us since our salad days in St. Paul! While warmer rose golds are trending, this was quite a bit more brassy. And I still prefer silver and galvanized as accents to the gray walls.


My existing mirror had a black base and was overlaid with bone, lightly stained and distressed. I love this look. But when I decided to add the larger mirror behind, I wanted only to match only some of those elements — not match exactly. I wanted the quatrefoil to be the dominant part of the decor.drmirror1
I ended up with a neutral colored paint base similar to that on the smaller mirror (a custom Sherwin-Williams mix from my inventory, a flat-finish latex).

Liquid silver leaf and Miss Mustard Seed’s antiquing wax helped achieve the final look. It was the first time I had used this particular wax; I loved its subtlety. It was fairly forgiving, too; I was able to add depth of color with it without having it go on harshly.


This project was completed before my basement reno provided an indoor painting space, so I did this work on the dining room floor!drmirror9

It took one coat and touch-ups to cover the gold finish.

Look back at the first photo: You’ll see I turned the quatrefoil shape so that the half circles, not the arrows, are the focal point.

I drilled holes in the back of the quatrefoil mirror for mounting, and attached long but slim nails to the frame of the mirror underneath. Miraculously, I somehow managed this mounting project without an extra set of hands! Right now, it just sits on top of the console. It needs some heavy anchors and screws for hanging.drmirror4

 Accessories started returning to the space, though I removed the heavy metal urn on the right side.


This worked better!


The orange rose was the lone survivor of a dozen from a weekend dinner party!


This creamware vase with a bundle of privet is perfect!


Before and after!drmirror13

The larger mirror configuration now has the correct, larger to complement the heavy planter to its right.



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