Nautical Mirror Makeover- One Room Challenge Week 3

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Wall Decor. For me… it’s the difference between a house and a home. Getting paintings on the wall always makes a room feel cozier and more finished.  There’s still a long way to go before this dining room of ours is complete, but finishing up a few wall decor projects this week has made the room feel exponentially closer to the finish line! See how I transformed a dated nautical mirror into the anchor of this wall in our dining room…

dining room wall with mirror

Nautical Mirror Makeover

Let’s start with the mirror because you will NOT believe how that beauty looked when it entered my life… Last Sunday was the first weekend of the season for me at my beloved flea market. (Have I mentioned how much I love flea market shopping??)  I was on the lookout for a mirror to anchor the one large wall in there. I wanted a mirror to help brighten the space and I was hoping for something non-square… think round or hexagonal.  Aisle after aisle went by and then whammo. I see this nautical lovely.  It was a *tiny* bit smaller than I wanted, but for $20… it had potential. Definite potential.

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nautical flea market mirror

I thought about building out around the frame or weaving something between the steering wheel handles.  Both of those options sounded like a lot of work so… I reached for my Dremel Multi-Max (affiliate) and lopped off the spindle thingies. Oh my gosh so much better!

cutting off spindles of nautical mirror

Pictures don’t quite convey the shiny pine finish that was on this mirror. It screamed 70s and wasn’t even a little bit cool… it reminded me of the wood trim that was on our station wagon in elementary school. Or the popsicle stick pencil holder I gave my dad in 2nd grade. Or even that This End Up furniture set that was in my grandfather’s guest room in middle school. All bad. So I sanded it all off and uncovered the natural wood hiding beneath the 70s.  I cleaned it up with some Restore-A-Finish in Neutral (affiliate) and you would NOT believe it was the same mirror.

mirror with sanded frame

Can you see the GORGEOUS wood grain? It complements the lovely floorboards in this house and is $20 perfection! (And no… it’s not dirty… the mirror finish has aged a bit so it looks streaked in photographs.)

detail of mirror frame

nautical mirror in dining room

It echoes the portraits hanging across from it over the fireplace. For Christmas, I gave Mark these pencil drawings from the MOST amazing artist I met on etsy: Jessica Jorgensen. I ordered the 4 big kids and then couldn’t resist adding Arthur just recently. Baby portraits are never quite right because of their ever-changing little bodies, but I couldn’t be happier with this adorable quintet!  I kept the frames super simple and can’t stop smiling whenever I walk through the room and see them all hanging there not fighting and not talking back. Pencil drawings are the best for that.

kids portraits in dining room

Oliver portrait

The macrame art is my JAM… I made those too, but you’ll have to wait on the tutorial for those later in the month. Sorrynotsorry.

mirror with macrame art

In case I’ve given you the impression that this room is close to being done… here’s how it looks. Not done. Even a little bit.

ORC Progress

Here’s what’s left: Painting the table, upholstering 2 arm chairs, accessorizing/ setting the table and all the other little things that come with finishing touches.  Make sure you check out the link up over at Calling It Home to see how everyone else is doing with their rooms!

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Here what I did WEEK 1 and WEEK 2!

Nautical Mirror Makeover

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  1. Charlotte, it is really coming along. The macrame is such a nice yet unexpected touch. And they give balance to the mirror. My favorite part of the room is the kids’ portraits. Nothing like a personal touch, although your home is full of personal touches. And how do you paint without anything on the floor? You must be a pro by now!

    1. Thanks, Mary!! Aren’t those portraits AMAZING!!! This artist is truly gifted… I follow her on Instagram too and can’t believe what she’s capable of! I *should* have put down drop cloths… that’s what we call lazy. I’m working with chalk paint so it’s a little thicker, but yeah… not the smartest strategy. 🙂

  2. Charlotte, loving your inspiration and design plans! What a great and easy DIY on that mirror! You’re getting your through that to do list pretty quickly! Can’t wait to see how you transform this space! BTW, my daughter’s name is Charlotte and has always been one of my favorite names. 🙂 XOXO, Sarah

    1. THanks, friend!!! I am SO pleased with the mirror!!!! DOesn’t convey as much in pictures, but… like you said… SO simple and SO effective! Thanks! And love that about your daughter… I’ll tell my folks they ‘done good’. xx

  3. Charlotte- You have been busy!
    This is so much fun to follow your progress! You are well on your way and everything is lovely.
    I hope you will share this today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
    Just stop by my blog to join in.
    Enjoyed visiting,
    White Spray Paint

  4. That mirror IS nauticool! That is an amazing transformation and is there anything quite as awesome as the Dremel???? I love any and all projects that involve it. The wood tone looks so great on your blue wall. Looking forward to more of this room next week!

  5. I love the blue you chose for your walls. My husband refuses to paint again in our dining room any time soon since it hasnt even been a year since he painted and within the last couple weeks he finaly finished the trim and base boards. I really want a darker blue accent wall. Currently all 4 are helium by Behr. I am loving your dining room, we are doing ours too and its slow going. I have 3 littles and a birthday party im planning a birthday party set for 3 weeks from bow so i cant do what im wanting to do which is to sew up my curtains and make some macrame plant hangers for infront o the window. I cant wait for your macrame tutorial. Its just what i have been planning for my family room!