A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.


What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.


I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

Mirrors 1

Mirrors 4

Mirrors 2

Mirrors 5

Mirrors 3

All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.





Thrift Store Mirror Makeover




This Is Why I Thrift . . .

So, I got the Ballard Designs catalog in the mail yesterday.  If you have not checked out Ballard Designs, it is a must, even if just for inspiration!  Some of their decor is reasonable and some is expensive (but hey, then it is a challenge to try and find a knock-off, right?)

As I was casually flipping though it, I noticed this vanity stool.

Ballard Designs Vanity Stool Evelyn Vanity Stool

Ballard vanity stool 2

It looked oh so familiar to this stool I found while shopping at the Sacramento Antique Faire.



Wait for it . . . I paid $15 for this stool and could have probably talked them down if I had been in the mood to bargain.  The Ballard Designs version is $300!

This piece is so versatile and the possibilities are endless.  You could use it in a bathroom, in a dressing room, in a living room for extra seating, or even outdoors.  I am thinking I will make a cushion cover and use it in one of my daughter’s rooms as a vanity stool.  How cute wold this be with a custom fabric on it in a little girls room??

For right now, I just thew an extra pillow (Nate Berkus for Target) on top of it and am using it for extra seating until I have a more permanent place for it.


If you live in the Sacramento area you have to check out the Sacramento Antique Faire.  It is an outdoor antique marketplace held the second Sunday of every month. There are hundreds of dealers from all over Northern California and it is a great source for interior design and is a bargain hunters dream!

I am still delirious over the fact that I got this timeless, versatile piece for  just $15.  I guess you could say I have a case of “Decorating Delirium.”   And this my friends, is why I thrift!

Have you found any bargains lately?   Found a copy-cat version of a designer look?  If so, please tell me all about it in the comments!