Monday, January 25, 2010

lemons out of lemonade

When we were first saw this house a little over a year ago, I fell in love. It was perfect for our little family and my dream house, with its windowseats, built in bookshelves, exposed brick wall, and two fireplaces. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the 10 x 20 foot mirror wall in the living room.


Hello, 1989.

But I wasn't about to not buy a house just because of a stupid mirror. I've given up on the idea of ever taking it down without having to re-sheetrock and subsequently re-paint the entire room (no small task with it's vaulted ceilings), but I still needed to do something to take the focus off the mirror.

When I spraypainted a DI frame cherry red to hang our new family portrait in, I carried it past the mirror wall and fell in love with the empty red frame against the mirror. That was the beginning of my empty frame collage.

I scoured DI for interesting frames for months, and finally came up with this:

Now I don't have a boring mirror to stare at all the time and the room has more color, dimension, and visual interest. Lemons out of lemonade!


Caroline said...

Great way to work with what you've got!

Adorably Distracted... said...

lol good work! i was so confused at first. I didn't realize that the mirror was right there so I was looking for it behind your couch! lol i thought the frames were just hanging till i blew it up and saw that the mirror was right there and that "behind the couch" was in the mirror. It's been SUCH a long morning! lol

Jen said...

good do you come up with these great ideas? it looks great. i can't wait to see it in person....hopefully the next time we are in Utah. :)

Michelle said...

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Kim said...

I saw this on Someday Crafts. It's a fabulous solution for those mirrored walls that generally look dated.

Ashley Stolworthy said...

GREAT Idea!! I having been scouring DIs for similar frames for a similar project. I'll send to you what I come up with in a few months. :) Until then, check out pics from my digg: p.s. I'm one of 200+ cousins of Rachel, whom you "awarded" this week. :) She ravs of you, and I thought I'd check ya out. I can't wait to peek around!!

Pam said...

I love this blog!

Jen @ said...

Your blog is so cute. I love the name of it!! Those frames look great -- fantastic project!