Mirror Mirror in the Flea Market

If you have been following me at all then you won’t be surprised that I love a good challenge at a flea market. But lets back up a week when my lovely client asked me to consult her on a mirror for over her antique, bone and gold inlay table. She had picked out a hand full of gold antiqued mirrors from various websites and shops that send catalogues up the ying yang. They all looked relatively similar with just minor detail changes. While I did actually like them all, my concern was that they were not authentic as her table was. Something in my gut said they would take away from the table by trying to match instead of compliment. That is a huge subject in interior design my little proteges. Find something to stand out in the room and let that piece be your focal point. Everything else will work for it. So let it all “Work, Work, Work Work Work…”

I politely picked a mirror for client and said that I picked the one with the least detail for all of the above reasons. BUT also said something along the lines of “If you really want to know what I would do if it were my space, I would paint the mirror a dark blue to match your other accent pieces. No black. No gold. No white. Less predictable.” And I kid you not I was so surprised when she said “Let’s do it.” (Insert shocked super excited emoji here) Well I wasn’t about to let her refinish a $400 mirror so let the flea marketing begin! So we set an appointment to scope out the local flea market in two weeks.

You may or may not know that going to a flea market looking for something specific is a COMPLETE gamble. Especially one as small as the one we were going to in both of our neighborhoods. I went to the market about 30 minutes before she came just to scope out what they had and start haggling before. And I was surprised to find two runner ups. But one had my attention. It was a lot more intricate and…well here is a picture of it….


I mean…..HELLOOOOOO SEXAY THANG. Am I right? I had my navy blue filter glasses on and it was a prime suspect of perfection. I saw it! I immediately attempted to show client but of course I couldn't find it at first so we stumbled upon a couple more. But we found it. She was a little hesitant. The birds were not her thing and the pagoda on the top was not giving it the right scale. So we popped them off!

Several coats of paint later and some sawing, sanding and filling, we have an ecstatic client with a one of kind piece of jewelry for her home. See pictures below to see transformation.


Stay tuned for final project pictures of the table accessorized and the room finalized!

It's Black. It's White.

Rule of thumb.  Bring a bit of black into every room.  Why?  Because we have a tendency to forget contrast which leads to rooms feeling like they could literally float away.  But I digress.  I will definitely post a separate blog about how to incorporate black.  But for now, let's oggle over my latest DIY refurbish project!

I have literally had this white dresser since I shared a room with my twin sister circa 2003.  That room included pink and purple walls, meticulously picked out by my twelve year old self with pride! The dresser was adorned with a matching jewelry box attachment and vanity mirror which graced too many Myspace selfies.  I've kept it because it was just a piece that I got used to.  And despite it's undeniable girly-ness, was practical in size and storage space.  A couple years ago I did remove the jewelry box and mirror making it a little more grown up but not by much. 

Well last week I figured instead of spending a couple hundred that I don't have on a new dresser, I would slap a fresh layer of white paint on this one.  But if I was going to repaint it, why not do something more unique!  I knew right away I was going to do black.  Because I am a brave soul who had nothing to lose except high school memories.  Which is more than ok.

After removing the frilly handle pulls, I added crisp acrylic handles since I really am obsessed with modern mixed with traditional.  But to bring some of the frill back, I added a wood overlay on either side of the dresser as an ode to it's original state.  Plus, it would make the piece a good photographing piece from very angle. 

I think it looks beyond bad ass and can only imagine it in my next, larger home where it can take center stage in perhaps a guest room or Parker's room. Here is a list of supplies it required:

Primer- $20 (more than enough so I will be keeping this for future refurbishes)

Black Paint - $10 Nightclub by Behr

Sandpaper - $5 from Walmart

Paint brush - $15 total.  One for primer. One for paint.  Although i preferred using my old craft brushes which were much cheaper anyways because they didn't leave brush lines in the paint.

Acrylic Pulls - About $5 each from Home Depot totaling in $40


I am debating getting a piece of smoke glass cut for the top of it to really make it look polished but still waiting for a quote for that.  Other than that, a couple fresh felt pads for underneath to protect my floors and it's better than new!  So all in all this project cost me about $100.  Which is more than I planned but well worth the facelift if you ask me.