What do you do with a big old ugly mirror?

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

My client had a cute little house in a great Seattle neighborhood a with a big mirror attached to the wall in a totally random spot.

Since I wasn't about to rip it down and chance having to repair the wall, I had to figure out how to make it work. And I think this was a pretty dang good solution!

The table is one that I've used many times, and the beauty of it is it looks really substantial even though it doesn't take up a lot of space. The frame hung on the mirror is a trick I've used with big mirrors over fireplaces that are typically found in 1950's style homes. It creates a focus and brings down the scale.

All-in-all, a little staging turns something that's a detriment into a design feature and created an entry way where none existed.

 

  

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Patricia Kennedy
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Susan, what a transformation!  It's amazing - that solution would never have occurred to me, and it totally works.

December 31, 2008 08:40 PM #17
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Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC ~ Re-Arrange It Interiors - Naperville, IL

Susan, Looks great! Your table was just big enough to anchor the mirror. I hang mirrors over the big wall mirrors you see in bathrooms all the time..never tried just a frame...very creative! 

I always look forward to your posts and pictures...one of my favorites is still the painted hollow door anchored to the wall and hanging a picture on the door to scale down large wall spaces. Tried it and worked like a charm!!

Thanks for sharing and keep them coming!

Margaret

 

January 01, 2009 10:56 AM #18
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Ellie McIntire
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What a lovely creative idea. The mirror looks 1000% better.

January 01, 2009 05:12 PM #19
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Connie and Anne: Thanks for the comments and Happy New Year!

Ginger: We have tons of unframed plate glass mirrors in Seattle. It must have been a big decorating fad about 50 years ago.

Maureen: That table is a real workhorse.

Gerry: Thanks and the same to you!

January 01, 2009 10:15 PM #20
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
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HAPPY NEW YEAR SUSAN! Your staging is always beautiful and so tasteful and creative!  This is why I sent in a nomination for you to RESA.  I really admire your work. You also have the most beautiful lamps!  Lighting make any space special!!     

January 01, 2009 11:47 PM #21
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Susan Peters
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Reba: I often wonder if they had a giant sale on plate glass mirrors about 50 years ago. At least it seems that way in Seattle.

Patricia: Thanks! I'm happy to share ti with you.

Margaret: Thanks so much. That's one of my favorites too.

Ellie: Thanks. I'll be posting some more from this house when it closes.

January 03, 2009 01:12 PM #22
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Nice idea! That is definately thinking out of the box!

January 03, 2009 07:07 PM #23
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Susan Peters
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Cathy Lee: Thanks for the nomination and I couldn't agree with you more when it comes to lamps. I buy a lot of them at second hand stores and then change out the harps and shades.  I got this one at a thrift store for a song.

January 03, 2009 11:17 PM #24
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Cathy Lee
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I have a room full of colored lamp shades-love changing them too!  This photo is stunning!!!  Thanks for sharing.   

January 03, 2009 11:31 PM #25
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Sandra Hughes
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Susan, you are such a clever girl.  I think that was a perfect solution and looked great!  That was a great example of turning lemons into lemonade!

January 04, 2009 07:47 PM #26
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Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

Interesting idea! I willl have to remember that; we always run into houses with the mirrors attached to the walls. Thanks for sharing.

January 04, 2009 08:18 PM #27
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Debbie Wheeler
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Susan - Great transformation of an old and ugly mirror.  I love people who think outside the box.

January 04, 2009 08:39 PM #28
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Thanks Susan,

That's what staging is all about!

January 06, 2009 11:28 PM #29
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Cathy: I actually have more lamps than lampshades. May we should get together.

Tori Lynn: I guess those mirrors aren't just a Northwest phenomenon.

Debbie: Thanks!

January 07, 2009 10:34 PM #30
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Kathy Alexander
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What a great idea! You are right that removing it would have been a nightmare, but your solution is fantastic!

January 07, 2009 10:34 PM #31
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
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This is a fabulous idea that I plan to use the next time I encounter one of those ugly mirrors!! Could also work in a bathroom vanity situation with 2 frames over the sinks. Great idea!

January 11, 2009 07:39 PM #32
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Vicki Styons
RoomBenders - Columbia, SC

Wonderful idea for the mirror.  Much less expensive that putting an actual mirror over the mirror and it actually looks planned.  Obviously much easier than removing the mirror and much quicker!  Thanks for sharing such a good idea.

Vicki

January 14, 2009 09:08 PM #34
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Kathy: I think those mirrors are cemented to the wall!

Annie:  You're so right about the 2 mirrors in the bathroom. I've seen it done and it looks great.

Vivian: I know what you mean. I can't pass a second hand store without taking a look.

Vicki: Fast and cheap are my two favorite words.

January 15, 2009 11:19 PM #35
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Well, that is just sheer genius! I NEVER would have thought of that, but I have sure filed it away in my mind ... just in case!

January 16, 2009 02:12 AM #36
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Kathleen Garvey
Coldwell Banker - Denver, CO
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Hi Susan!-- Hope you are well out there on the other NW part of the US!  Great work on the frame and its use with the basic mirror square.  You have such creative ideas that are GOOD ONES!  : )  Thanks for sharing-Good job!  Regards-Kathleen G

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