Thursday, February 7, 2013


One must take into consideration what will be
reflected when deciding where to hang a mirror.

When I hung my trumeau mirror, I was none too happy
with the part of my anatomy I viewed each time I passed by.
So I raised the mirror up another 6 inches which left
a big gap between the mirror and my telephone table.

I filled the space with a thrifted shelf that I painted to match the mirror.
  For now I've got a vintage art deco perfume atomizer
 and some faux tea roses sitting on the shelf.

Flowers and perfume for Valentine's Day.
And 3 extra holes in the wall behind the mirror.

I originally painted the mirror to lean on the fireplace mantel,
but it looked too busy.  I scouted around the house to find
something to fill the space between the windows, and decided on
an oval etched glass mirror which was hanging in the basement.

I didn't want to pound any more holes in my newly painted walls just yet,
so I leaned the mirror against the wall to reflect the chandelier.

I especially like how it doubles the light at night
when the chandelier is lit.

I filled the mantel with things I had around the house.

The tulips are from Michael's, and the mercury glass canister is a recent gift,
but I've had the February Lefton angel and percolator coffee pot for years.

I really didn't spend much time on the mantel
because I've been much too busy painting everything in sight!

I painted several colors of white on our dining room chairs,
and I think the third color's a keeper.  I used washable 
latex semi-gloss because I know little fingers, and big ones too,
will surely leave food fingerprints.

This thing is a work in progress.
It started out looking like this:

Apparently the manufacturer underestimated
how hot pressurized steam can get, and the whole
rad cover became warped from the extreme heat.

I took the front section apart and cut perforated metal to fit
the two openings and then gave everything a few coats of paint.
It's still rather unattractive, so I searched online for
photos of more appealing designs.

Now this is more like it, but way out of my price range!
And a bit too fancy pants for our dining room.

 I'm going to see if I can find an applique that's a little simpler 
than this one to spice up my rad cover.

That's what's going on downstairs.  I've also made some
progress upstairs in the guest bedroom, so stay tuned for
updates.  Hopefully sooner than later.

Happy Valentine's Day!

* I'm joining the parties at:
Common Ground Be Inspired Friday
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special


  1. Those faux tea roses look real! I love the mirror in the dinning room and how it reflects the chadelier light too. It is all so pretty.

  2. Love where you put the mirror and the little shelf under it. Love the red shoes and the work on the rad covers you're doing. Keep up the great work!


  3. Everything looks so fresh and clean. I do love those radiator covers you found on line. Just so happens I have those appliques on the second one minus the swags. It's not too busy, just kinda pretty. Looks great, Vickie.

  4. oh, i think we all have secret holes behind our mirrors and pictures!!! everything is looking soooo pretty!

  5. I love it all. Just beautiful . Love the whites too . LOVE LOVE that mirror with the hearts. YOU know I love it .. I am always inspired when I stop here . Thanks for posting such greatness !!!!!!!

  6. I love your reason for moving the mirror! I have to repaint my hall so I can fill all the 'extra' holes from hanging my mirrors! Dining room is looking lovely!

  7. Your home is so crisp and clean with the red and white.
    I have the thing about the mirror reflection, too.
    My husband thinks I'm bonkers, but it bothers me!
    I'm so glad that I don't have to deal with radiators, but I am in love with your ideas.
    Now, tell me what that adorable little creature is amongst the caramels?
    I love your banner!

  8. oooooh Vickie, I love your mantle and mirrors, that trumeau mirror is so wonderful, and is that a crocheted mantel scarf? I need to see that up close and personal. It's all so pretty and festive!!

  9. Vickie,
    It is all beautiful. I really love the mirror reflecting the chandelier. That is so pretty. I also love the little February angel. Adorable.

  10. The shelf worked out well with the little shelf under it and the oval mirror is perfect on the mantel. Great chandelier reflection.

  11. Vickie, your room is just so lovely. I really like a little shelf in front on the mirror, it give the mirror something to reflct. Jean

  12. Absolutely beautiful! Did you paint the chairs or spray them? I want to paint ours but OH! the spindles, I'm not sure I have the patience. Your home is so pretty. Love both mirrors and your Valentine decor. The white is gorgeous! The red pops perfectly.

  13. Vickie, I love how you've placed your mirrors to pick up such beautiful reflections! Your home looks so fresh with all your paint projects.
    Mary Alice

  14. You have been a busy lady! Love the long mirror with the shelf under it. Perfect for vignettes! The rad cover is looking pretty good to me!

  15. Love the mirror on the mantel. It looks absolutely perfect there. Love the pops of red and pink for Valentine's, very sweet. Hope you share when the rad cover is completed. Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend.


  16. Love your reflections! Can wait to see your other works in progress. Enjoy the weekend.

  17. Ooh, I think the new radiator cover looks great as-is! Definitely an improvement. -And I adore the oval mantel mirror! :)

  18. Wow... everything is coming together beautifully!! Love the white on your pressed back chairs and the little shelf is perfect. Love the atomizer (mom has the exact same one with a pink rose on her dresser still) and I never would have guessed the tulips were 'au Michael's'. he he The mirrors are both reflecting lovely sights now. he he The room is so crisp and bright now... all of your hard work shows! Good luck on the upstairs now!

  19. Love the reflection of your pretty chandelier in the mirror. Perfect!
    Farmhouse hugs,

  20. You are making some lovely changes, Vickie...beautiful!

  21. gorgeous and dreamy!

    stopping by via commonground and hope you'll find a moment to come hang out, dream, reflect, share and notice lovely.

    smiles to you, lovely blogger.


  22. The guest bedroom huh? Work, grand kids, house work and redoing everything. The energizer bunny officially lives on the iron range.


  23. Your mirrors look pretty where you hung them. I don't blame you for not wanting to put holes in your newly painted walls. I keep nail patch on hand for allthe holes I make in my walls from moving things around so much. LOL!

  24. Well, as long as you haven't been busy or anything! Must be all the snow you have up there. Those chairs must have been killer to paint. Hope you had a spray gun or something.

  25. Vickie, the dining room is gorgeous. I love the fresh whites. Don't wear yourself out. hugs, Olive

  26. sweet vday mantle, vickie! love the mercury gift, and the way the chandy shows up in the pretty mirror:) the flowers in the silver cup--so cute! have a great weekend!

  27. forgot to has a lot of different styles of appliques:)

  28. Hello Vicky thank you very much for your visit, nice to meet you at the linky party. I love the button hearth on the mirror very original idea!

  29. And where did the gorgeous crocheted thingamajig come from? (My mom always called them dresser scarves when we were growing up.) Aside from the gorgeous color, that sweet thing ties it all together and gives the mantel some extra oomph! Seeing your etched mirror makes me sigh. When we moved into this house when I was about 25 and didn't know better, I threw out one of those mirrors that was hanging in the garage. Granted, we threw away a lot of things I wish we hadn't. Our cluelessness knew few bounds. Can't beat reflecting something so pretty and light-producing in a mirror. You have the midas touch, and the outcome of your efforts is met with smiles and applause all around.

  30. Your mantel is gorgeous - I have a hard time poking even more holes too. Love the way the mirror reflects that gorgeous chandelier!

  31. I know what you mean about mirror reflections!
    Everything is looking so bright and warm...keep going!

  32. I would be challenged by that space between the mirrors over the fireplace...the mirror is a pretty good solution. I always tilt my fireplace mirrors down so they reflect something in the room instead of the ceiling. But if I had a chandy like yours I'd have to change my mind. The chairs are looking good. You have been very busy!

  33. Hi Vicky,
    I love your mirror reflecting your chandy! And your blog header is adorable!

  34. wowee! this all looks gorgeous and light and bright! love that oval mirror...perfection.

  35. Your mirror looks darling in your home setting! I love what you've done with it...and I must also comment on your sweetly painted red shoes from the last post! That was genius.

    Have a creative day.
    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina


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