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Is this mirror a keeper? Or does it need to go?
bonmio
December 31, 2012 in Design Dilemma
I picked this mirror up at an estate sale. My husband thinks it looks old and unattractive. I'm not super attached but am curious what you think - do you like it? I don't always make the best design choices. :-)
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elklaker
I love it. Maybe tone down the gold with a dry brush paint treatment in silver.
December 31, 2012 at 7:21am     
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Nancy Hehmann
I like it as is. While I don't want everything in my house to be an antique usually they are well made and less likely to go down in value than say items from Pier one or some of the other trendy shops.
December 31, 2012 at 7:24am     
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apple_pie_order
I like it. It needs a place where it can be dramatic, it is not a casual piece.
December 31, 2012 at 7:28am     
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kerryjhoffman
I would also tone down the gold. Try turning it upside down.
December 31, 2012 at 7:30am     
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cavecay
I like the shape. Try painting it, black, white or red, etc. You can always distress the edges.
December 31, 2012 at 7:37am     
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tennisanyone
Agree with cavecay. Paint it black , white or another color. Spray paint is cheap and can make anything old look more modern if that is the look you are going for.
December 31, 2012 at 7:42am     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It's lovely as it is if you have traditional furnishings. If your home is more contemporary, then it would look cool in a glossy hot pink or emerald green finish.
December 31, 2012 at 7:47am     
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Chroma Design
Funny, I too thought it should be turned upside down! I love the mirror. It is funky and interesting. And I agree the gold is much and it would look better with a dry brush silver, but an antique silver (darker, more gray) to match better with the gold.
December 31, 2012 at 7:51am     
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Ron Harvey
Any other color would look great, and I agree, turn it upside-down!
December 31, 2012 at 8:10am     
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rolsen
I think it's cool! Make it a conversation piece. What if you painted the frame a bold color that contrasted with the wall behind it?
December 31, 2012 at 8:29am     
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Main Line Kitchen Design
Too 70's for my taste. Upside down is better though.
December 31, 2012 at 8:31am     
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Interiors International, Inc.
Keep it. If the color is not right for you change it to silver or aluminum leaf.
December 31, 2012 at 8:32am     
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tuckerpearl
I'm an antique lover so I think its wonderful as is. I would place it some place where it would make a dramatic statement like an entry hall----or it would look great in the right bathroom.
December 31, 2012 at 8:45am     
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Harrut
Lovely. I'd put it on a wall with a wallpaper such as the one pictured...
But there again it all depends on your innate style choices....
December 31, 2012 at 8:52am     
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Harrut
Lovely. I'd put it on a wall with a wallpaper such as the one pictured...
But there again it all depends on your innate style choices....
December 31, 2012 at 8:53am     
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samcdaniel
I have this same mirror, though the gold finish is a little more "burnished." I am using it now in my bedroom. I paired it with this great textural wood stepped chest. In my prior home I used the mirror/chest combo in the entry way. It was a nice departure from the standard entry console table.
January 14, 2013 at 4:12pm     
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adrimama
I love it just as it is! Keeper for sure!
January 14, 2013 at 4:17pm     
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MLB Design Group
I'm not sure what your home looks like, but in the right space several mirrors of different shapes/vintages grouped together and painted the same color can be quite a design statement. In a dreary room or hallway, the mirrors can help bounce light and brighten the area.
January 14, 2013 at 4:20pm     
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bonmio
Hello everyone! I am sorry I am only thanking you now for your wonderful comments. I wasn't getting any notices from Houzz that there were comments. They got stuck in my spam folder. Sadly, I sold the mirror. My husband disliked it too much to keep. I would have totally spray painted it, though and what a great idea to hang it upside down. I never would have thought of that. Thank you wonderful Houzzers!
February 28, 2013 at 5:48pm   
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