Although great progress has been made for this week’s One Room Challenge I am in panic mode wondering if everything is going to be finished in two weeks. Since we are doing ALL of the work ourselves in between our jobs, my schooling, housekeeping and parenting it truly is a challenge.
You may remember that the old mirror had been framed out by the previous homeowners.
While this is often an improvement unfortunately, the old adage to measure twice and cut once was not adhered to. The frame wasn’t big enough to cover the mirror fully.
So it came down and the mirror was basically a big, sticky mess.
I finally found that the combination of wetting a washcloth with really hot water, rubbing it over the sticky surface, then going over it with scraper removed the residue.
It took a good hour to get everything off but what an improvement.
Did you also spy the new lighting?
You can see the “before” light in the first image. Like most of the 80’s accessories it was covered with grime and rust. There was no salvaging attempts we just needed new lighting. I found the Hinkley “Plantation” 5312BB quite by accident. I showed it to the Fashionista and no other lighting would then do. By scouring the internet I found it for under $200 which was a big chunk of the budget. But I do believe that every room needs at least one show stopper. Of course this wouldn’t be a true six week “challenge” if a wrench or two wasn’t thrown into the works. The first light arrived dented. Finally, we received a damage free specimen and Mr. Décor installed it fairly easily.
Once the new lighting was in place the mirror looked a little… plain.We thought about replacing the mirror and liked the idea of a bamboo mirror. However, they are pretty expensive.
The best price I could find was the Tiana Mirror from Ballard. But even it was $249.00. Given that our budget for the entire space was $500 this just wasn’t possible. Several futile attempts to scour Ebay, Craislist and estate sales also had me empty handed. So what’s a girl to do?
A DIY was done to create this chinoiserie mirror. If anyone is interested in the “How To” let me know and I will create a separate post. I did provide a few sneak peeks/tips on Instagram.
Now onto the walls which of course will be the biggest challenge overall.