Mixing it Up

While I was visiting my parents last week, I noticed a mirror hanging on the wall in the guest room.  Not sure why I'd never noticed it before, but for some reason it caught my eye.  I mentioned something about it to my mom and she said, "Why, do you want it?"  Uhhhh, yes!  I promptly took it off the wall and put it in the car, just in case she changed her mind.  What I really loved about it was the frame and I knew I didn't want to use it as a mirror.

Here is what i looked like when I brought it home.  That's my sweet husband holding it up for me to photograph.  He kindly asked that I crop him out of this one.

I took it apart, took the mirror outside, flipped it over and spray painted the back with chalkboard paint.  I let it dry for about five minutes, because I'm impatient like that, brought it back inside, put it back together and hung it on the wall, right where my previous creation from this post had been hanging.  I moved the black frame to the second floor landing.  It looks great there and I am loving the look of my antique chalkboard hanging over the old rusted metal stool.  I was originally thinking I would paint the frame and I even made a point of telling my mom if she didn't want me to paint it, then I probably wouldn't want to take it.  She said no problem.  After I added the chalkboard paint, I was kind of liking the aged gold look of the frame.  Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind.  When If I do, I'll be sure to post the change.

I plan to change the message often, but I knew exactly what the first message was going to be.

Emily from Jones Design Company blogged about this last week and it really inspired me.  Not to mention, I needed a little reminder of this after spending a week with my kids while they were on Spring Break.

I am linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
Elle Belle Creative
Coastal Charm
Just a Girl
Common Ground


  1. Andrea I LOVE it!! And what a beautiful message! Martina

  2. I'm so jealous because this an amazing frame! What a find. And I totally get the quote. I need more reminders of that!

  3. Oh I love it!! I knew what you were going to do with it... it's perfect

  4. I loved that post and quote from Emily too. Love the frame.

  5. Hi Andrea, I have the exact same mirror in my home office. I also made mine into a chalkboard. Here is the link if you want to see it in white.

  6. I love the frame, and now the chalkboard. Beautiful idea.

  7. That looks great Andrea and I love your pitcher collection.

  8. Andrea, I'm in love with that frame. Who knew chalkboard paint and what - baroque? - could coexist so well! And your very first message is the sweetest! {particularly after school vaca!}

  9. Excellent message board!
    Dee Dee

  10. I love what you did to the mirror! Your are talented and I love the message! Can't wait to see the sliding barn doors...Great idea!

  11. Gorgeous frame!!! And Yes! Our children are BLESSINGS!!!!

  12. I love getting stuff for free and then reporposing it! Sometimes I just go to my parents and steal things and then they are over at my house and say to me, I think we have that same blank at our house, uh not anymore. Come link it up to my new party goobyecityhellosuburbs

  13. Okay, I feel really dumb, but I never thought about reversing the mirror to the back side, Andrea! Thank you for the inspiration--I just painted a mirror frame that may get this treatment in the future ;).

  14. What a fantastic idea! Love the frame!

    I'm your newest follower, I would love for you to stop by sometime!


    Your blog is lovely!

    Warm Wishes,

  15. The scrolls on the mirror are to die for!!!!

  16. I love it! I wish I could get my hands on a frame like that--they're not always easy to find, so you really scored! I also love the "hubby holding the frame" pic. I make my husband do the same thing!

  17. It looks great! I agree with your decision to leave the finish as is... for now anyway ;)


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