Pictured below is what my bedroom has looked like forever. I had the same set-up in my last home and just imported it here…the same Pottery Barn quilt on my bed, with the same red lanterns, flanking my same scrolly iron mirror. I still like it, but after awhile a girl needs a change!
I’ve also had too much red in my life and feel the need for something lighter and fresher throughout the house. This scrolly mirror is nice but wasn’t really popping against the brick.
I decided I wanted to give the mirror an appearance of white-washed iron. I have a bit of an obsession with iron gates and wanted the frame to look a bit like a salvaged gate. I took a small sponge brush dipped in white paint and just outlined the scrolls. It was so easy to do, cost me nothing, and made a big difference.
Next, I focused on updating my lanterns.
The shades are flexible plastic, covered in fabric. I sort of liked the industrial-cage-look without the shade, but again, it didn’t look good up against my brick.
I debated covering the shades with different fabric, or paper, but decided I would just paint the existing shades white. This proved challenging. Fabric is hard to paint when you’re not using the right paint! I primed them with cheap Big Lots spray paint primer, and then sprayed them with Rustoleum Heirloom White. The fabric kept sucking up all the paint, so it took several coats. I have zero patience when it comes to waiting for things to dry, so I always use fans and hair dryers in my projects. Just be sure to set your hair dryer to a cool setting.
Here they are below looking good and almost dry. Oh, and just ignore that huge thing of sisal rope. I was going to incorporate it, but liked it better without. However be sure to notice that fantastic price! Big Lots baby. I keep telling you all. :).
Once my lanterns had their new dresses on, they were quite showy for the camera. Pretty eh?
Then it was just a matter of accessorizing! I repurposed some topiaries from downstairs to this spot…
….grabbed a plate that I had in the cupboard,
…and snatched a nest with my decorative paper balls .
Turning the mirror horizontal instead of vertical seems like such a no-brainer but for some reason it never occurred to me until today. Here’s another tip, see how my topiaries are not directly beneath the lanterns? Having symmetry without boxiness adds more interest.
So, let’s see it again….
What do you think so far?