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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.

Yikes.

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!

8 comments:

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 idea...how 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...

Another great idea! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com . Grab my "featured" button.

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: asholina.blogspot.com 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 @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

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

XOXO
jen