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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Repurposing a Broken Full Length Mirror Stand

I have seen several of  these full length mirrors at yard sales,  but the mirror was always broken so I walked right past them.    When I saw this one the other thought maybe I could repurpose it.  

  Before I give you more ideas of how to repurpose a standing mirror,  I want to show you the little nest that you can barely see above it.
This vintage ceiling light cover makes a perfect nest for my bird and continues my English Rose Garden theme in the entry.   
Ok,   back to the repurposed mirror stand.  

 In this photo I put a piano stool in front of it and used it like a back drop.......
Almost forgot to show you a before.....

  The stand and frame got a coat of white paint.    I used 3M spray adhesive to attach the fabric.

I used it here to hang a wreath on......

Here as a room divider......

Tilt the frame a little and it can be used as an easel.

  You can also take the framed fabric piece off the stand and hang it on the wall.

I continued my English garden theme in the entry by doing a vignette with birds and nests on the little cabinet by the front door..    I have 3 gold and crystal scales filled with birds and nests......

Each end of the cabinet has holes....I guess for plants or maybe even magazines.     I filled mine in with rose bouquets.   When I had this piece in the hallway,  I had my holes filled with crocheted pieces.  
 The gold glass window to the left of the cabinet got a face lift by adding some of the same floral fabric that I've used in the rest of the entry   (3M spray adhesive again)

I tied some bows to the top of the scales with the same fabric I used on another wall in the entry,  on the window next to the cabinet  and on the mirror stand.

I put a couple of green glass pieces on the two shelves since I have green depression glass in the cabinet on the opposite wall.

The pink rug that was in the entry was moved to the family room and was replaced with  a floral rug  from the studio.   I've got a pair of these rugs that I've had for about 15 years.   Rugs are a really good investment  and can really freshen up a room quick!


  1. GREAT idea for that mirror, Penny. Love the fabric you have used in the insert. xo Diana

  2. Your entry is absolutely GORGEOUS, Penny! And that mirror...what a STUNNING makeover!!

  3. Penny,
    Great idea to use fabric. You could also do a collage of vintage photos or Christmas cards at Christmas. I love that you created nests for the plates on the scales. I have one scale and I just may have to borrow that idea. I can always count on you to provide e with some inspiration!!

  4. Penny, I love all your wonderful ideas. That little nest is the sweetest thing. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  5. Very nice! What a great idea and nice transformation! I never thought about doing this with a mirror! Thanks for sharing. Leticia

  6. You have my mind reeling with ways I could possibly use a broken stand mirror in my own decor! Thanks for spurring me on. :)

  7. You are always so inventive! Amazing transformation!!!!!

  8. Your transformation is wonderful. I love looking at all the roses! I now have to look for a mirror stand! Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Your transformation is wonderful. I love looking at all the roses! I now have to look for a mirror stand! Have a lovely weekend!

  10. Love it all!! You have such a talent. I do have a question. I have some ruffled doilies like yours. However, how do you starch them? Do you starch and then iron? I'm not sure as to how to get that look. Thanks.

    1. Mimi, my mother made all of the ruffled doilies that I have. I really didn't watch her make them ...but I do know that she put liquid starch on them and then put small dixie cups under each ruffle and let them set that way until they dried. hugs

  11. Very creative way to repurpose and you showed so many ways to use it that I would never have thought of!

  12. What a great idea.

    I turned an old mirror into a chalkboard and it's already been 5 different colors.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Absolutely beautiful entry-way! Love the re-purposed mirror...

  14. Penny, you are so smart! The fabric looks so pretty behind the beautiful fern. Great idea. :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home. We are so glad you joined us. :)

  15. love it! How unfortunate that we just threw our broken mirror stand away - the screws that kept the mirror in place stripped and it would just swing forwards or backwards. Oh well, my loss, I love what you did with yours. Thanks for sharing this at #HappinessIsHomemade this week!

  16. What a great idea. Love you home... but it's gotta take a lot of time when you dust!! ;o)

  17. Penny, Great idea for the broken mirror. I love the wreath hanging from it, but the vintage light shade birds nest is just lovely! I love your style! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! We love having you link up with us! Pinning to share.

  18. I love your creativity with the mirror. The fabric is beautiful. My favorite is using it as a room divider but I loved the easel too! You are so creative!

  19. What a great idea, Penny! Thank you for sharing your creative project @Vintage Charm!

  20. What a cute idea I love when we can upcycle things and make them useful or pretty again!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  21. Very pretty! Love this creative idea! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  22. Great idea for the mirror Penny, & love the rose fabric you chose! What a shame to pass up a mirror like that & I won't do it if I ever see one, but strangely enough, I haven't ever seen one at a yard sale. It's my first time here, and I'm inspired by all your pretties!


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