Entry Way Mirror

There’s been more progress in the entry way…a drop in the bucket but progress is progress and I’ll take it.  We hung a mirror.  Woop de doo, I know.  It’s a vintage mirror I bought at a thrift store a few weeks after we moved here for $15 and it’s been taking up residence in different closets and until recently, in the girls room behind their door. 
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The only ones not impressed with the progress are the girls, who have been using the mirror since they’ve been able to crawl.

The reason I’m writing about hanging the mirror is because it’s not your typical pop-a-nail-in-and-call-it-a-day type of job.  You see, the small expanse of wall I wanted this mirror on (the wall across from the hook wall) had a couple of studs behind it, none of them dab smack in the middle of the wall.  Great, well use a drywall plug then, right?  Riiiight…except that this mirror is super heavy and with the girls running past this spot a thousand times a day, I didn’t trust one little dry wall plug (as super duty as it might be) to keep the mirror mirror on the wall and not crashing into the fairest of them all.  Got it?

So, what we did was install two screws – one in the closest stud and one in a heavy-duty drywall plug about six inches away.  The tiny crosses in the picture below indicate where the screws would be placed. IMG_4341
The mirror is hung by a thick string strung along the back so to hang it all I did was make sure it was tethered over both screws which allowed it to hang centered.  Does that make sense?  If we had hung it solely on the screw that caught the stud, it’d be off center but by putting in another screw, we could utilize both and get the mirror centered.  It’s a fairly simple solution to get something hung where you want it when the studs behind the wall aren’t in the spots you want them to be.


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Silly me didn’t talk a picture showing how centered it was on the little wall but once I get the rest of the entry way done, I’ll give ya a nice big ‘reveal’ picture and you’ll be able to see it.  Isn’t it pretty though?  I’ve been on the fence about whether or not to paint it but for now I’m going to live with it as is.  I like the gold but I wish it was a little brighter.  Whatever becomes of it, you know I’ll blog it.  :)

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So now that that’s up and done, we’re moving on to installing a new light fixture.  It involves this… 
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…but it’s probably not what you’re thinking.  Stay tuned.

Oh and yesterday I peeked into Goodwill on the way to buy groceries and laid my eyes on these chairs:bamboochairs
I had to have them, two of them to be exact.  However, they were sold as a set of four so I bought all four for a total of $40.  I’m going to sell the extra two after I gussy them up and the other two are going…well, you’ll have to just wait and see.  :)

Have a great Monday!

9 comments

  1. Ooh I love that mirror!! That and those chairs are awesome finds...if I weren't sick I would want to head out to the local Goodwill after reading this and get my thrift therapy pronto. : )

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  2. I love the chairs! Great finds!!!!

    xx
    Christina

    The McGuire Family

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  3. It looks SO good!! Can't wait to see what you turn those chairs into:)

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  4. Gorgeous mirror! I can not wait to see the whole entry when you're done.

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  5. Very clever solution! I have a couple walls with the same issue, I cant wait to try this!

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  6. Love the mirror and I can't wait to see what you do with the chairs!

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  7. That mirror looks fabulous (I recently snagged a similar one that I don't even know where to hang, but I had to have it!) and I can't wait to see wait you transform the chairs into :)

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  8. I'm a new reader and have been working my way backwards through your posts. What did you end up doing to the chairs? I haven't see the afters in the newer posts. Love your blog by the way!

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    1. Hi!! Welcome and thank you so much for reading! Oh, those chairs. Well, as of the moment they're sitting on our porch looking pretty similar to what they look like in the picture in this post. My plan is to keep them on the porch. I did remove the back cushion with the intent to recover it but that whole project was put on the back burner to get some interior stuff done. BUT, my plan is to recover all the cushions and I have already bought the fabric! I'm aiming to get them done before spring so I can enjoy them when it's here! I'll be sure to write about them when I do! :)

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