Alright, I’m pretty darn excited about this one my friends!!!
Y’all know how much I adore antiques! There’s just something about finding that unique piece with a story to tell, some history to it. I’ve been collecting all sorts of treasures for years now – knowing how special each and every find is and just waiting for the perfect chance to use it. I’ve got boxes, shelves and closets even (yes, closets with an “s”, as in more than one, as in MULTIPLE) piled with trinkets, treasures and amazing finds that I couldn’t possibly pass up. You see, here’s the thing about antiquing: like
most all other forms of shopping, you don’t always know that you need something until you see it, but what makes shopping vintage a little bit different is that if you don’t scoop up that fabulous piece, someone else surely will. You just can’t count on that amazing find still being there tomorrow when you finally make up your mind. There’s no time my friends to think about things or sleep on it. Gosh no! You need to grab that one of a kind find and claim it as your own before somebody else does! Which is why I’m saving closets with an “s” full of lovely old treasures. Now you might think I’m being a tad melodramatic, but I’ll tell you, it’s the ultimate test for someone as indecisive as I am! I can’t think of a single shopping trip that I haven’t agonized over something that I wasn’t expecting to find, let alone NEED – even though I hadn’t really figured out a place for it in my home, I just don’t want to live another day without it in my life. Hubs thinks I’m absolutely mad, but I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this!
Luckily, this was not one of those times.
You see, one fateful day of shopping for nothing in particular, I discovered some lovely vintage windows at one of my very fave antique stores that I just couldn’t resist. Though I may not have a plan for everything that makes it’s way home with me and it’s true that I hadn’t exactly been looking for windows, I knew the instant I saw these beauties what I was going to do with them! It was like we were destined to be together! #youknowthefeeling
I brought these babies home for just $20 a piece and got straight to work painting them up with a few of my favorite colours from Country Chic Paint. As much as wanted to keep them for myself, I knew my Mom had been looking for an eternity for the perfect mirror to hang in her dining room to bounce around a bit of light in a windowless space. I also knew that if there was anyone else in the world that could love these pretty little windows as much as I did, it would be her. So, keeping her neutral loving colour palette in mind, I painted up the fronts of the windows with some “Simplicity White” to match her new kitchen table, but added a bit of “Refreshed” in all it’s minty glory to the sides for just a splash of colour.
Then, I simply drove them down to our local glass shop and had the boys remove the old glass and add replace it with mirror, which they secured to the frame with just a bit of silicone. The whole process cost me about $50 for both and took just a few hours.
I couldn’t possibly be more in love with how these turned out!
These vintage window mirrors not only help to bring some light to my Mom’s dining space, but she’s really so excited to have actual windows where there had been none at all. Brilliant, right? How had I not thought of this sooner?!
I’ve gotta say, I’m SO head-over-heels in love with this project that I’m already on the hunt for some gorgeous vintage windows for my own home!