This one might have been a mis-fire.

Sometimes, it looks good in your head, and then when it’s up and on the wall, it’s not what you’d hoped, you know?

living room mirror | whipstitch
This is our living room, which hasn’t made much progress since I finally got all the boxes out and the wall unit installed.  The sofa still isn’t re-covered, although the upholsterer is picking it up next week, but we’re trying to add bits and pieces here and there.  We’ve hung some art on the wall, the beta fish I mentioned planning to get was obtained (and murdered) since my last post, we replaced the lamps with new ones that are super cooler, and I’ve slip-covered the round side chair.  We also painted and hung the mirror that you could just barely see behind the sofa when I contemplated where to hang the drapes (notice those still aren’t up? try not to judge me–at least the rods are in place).  And painting it might have been a mistake.

close upI hate admitting that, because I intensely dislike wasted time–and painting a mirror that I end up wishing I hadn’t painted would be a big waste.  It’s not that the paint job is bad–I think it turned out really well.  The silver is bright and pretty and light, which is what I wanted.  But I think maybe I wanted the wrong thing.  Now that it’s on the wall, I’m worried that it’s TOO light and bright, and what this room really needed was a little dark “eyeliner” to keep it balanced.

side view


See the edge of the curtain rod up there, in the right hand corner?  See how it puts just the right oomph on the upper edge of the room, and adds a nice contrast to the light green walls and the gloss white trim?  I was worried the black mirror would be too MUCH dark, but now I’m wondering if it was a necessary balance that would have off-set and emphasized the other light colors in the room.

alt view

Somehow the way that it reflects light almost makes the mirror disappear into the wall, and I wish that wasn’t the case.  I am loving the fact of the mirror–it’s big and I notice it every time I walk through the room.  Plus, this particular room is long and not very deep, with high ceilings, so the mirror opens out that wall and gives the room a more pleasing proportion.  I want to keep the mirror, I just think it needs more presence–which a darker frame would have given it.  Sigh.

auditionWe are currently auditioning fabrics for the sofa to be re-upholstered.  I have in my mind’s eye a deep yellow herringbone, and I haven’t quite found it yet–yellow is always a tough color to get just right, and I sure as shootin’ won’t be re-covering this sofa another time.  I’m thinking we wait on pulling the trigger on re-painting (or un-painting) the mirror back to a darker shade until we know for sure what the sofa will be and see them both in the same room.  Maybe I just have design fatigue from this patio remodel we’ve been doing for four months now–I’m not sure I am even capable of making any more decisions anytime soon.

textureIn the meantime, it is a whirlwind of activity around here as we prepare for 30+ people to descend on the backyard this weekend to christen the new patio and grill out in the summer air.  Can you tell that I’m suddenly realizing that those people will want a tour of our house, which we haven’t shown to ANYONE yet, and that I am staying up late every night sewing bed skirts and curtains and painting furniture?  Sometimes, a deadline where people will be checking inside your medicine cabinets and looking under the beds is just what it takes to get the job done, y’all.  I will be so excited to check some things off the list and then enjoy them for ages to come once this party is finished–the guests are the motivators, but I am the beneficiary.  This mirror can go back down on the bottom of that list, and we’ll deal with it when the sofa’s done.

What do you think–can the mirror stay as it is, or should it go back to black?

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  • Laura Brown
    June 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I think repainting the mirror will depend on the drapes. Get them up, the sofa reupholstered, and then make that call. If the drapes have dark colors in them, the mirror might be perfect. Just wait – make sure all the pieces are in place before making the decision. 🙂

  • Karen Chatters
    June 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I agree with Laura. Leave the mirror, reupholster the sofa, hang the drapes, drink some wine and then assess.

    In the meantime, I think you should focus on putting things in the medicine cabinets that your friends can REALLY talk about… I’ll be looking for pictures.

  • Mo bedell
    June 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I think wait and get everything else together and then decide. Once the curtains are up it might feel totally different. It’s a great mirror!

  • Uullabee
    June 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    So sorry you’re not happy after all that work, but if wait to make up my mind until after the couch is redone, you may love it then.

  • Samina
    June 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I’m with the others. I don’t think you can make a mirror decision until you’ve got the drapes & couch in place. It might all work nicely then. In any case, I think that a black rimmed mirror might be too harsh above a lighter colored couch, so I’d leave it as is.

  • Diane
    June 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    You already know the answer.
    It doesn’t work and having the sofa recovered (more lightness) and the drapes installed (they’re not going to be dark) will make no difference.

    But, honestly, you’ve made a bazillion design decisions in the last 18 months. Only ONE MISTAKE is amazing. So, sleep on it, get the rest of the design elements in place and then paint the crap out of it.

    I speak as someone who’s currently painting a much-loved mango dining room a more sober, silver-green shade. I love(d) them both, but that first big splotch of color is a tummy-clencher.

  • Melissa
    June 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

    For some reason, I felt the mirror needs company. Several lil colourful mirrors and make up into a 1960s retro vibe look. That or make the frame black.

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color
    June 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I think I might agree to go back to black with the mirror. But, since you’ve gotten this far, I’d say to wait until the sofa is recovered and the drapes are hung to decide. Might as well have all the visual info!

  • miq
    June 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    For some reason, I really want to see the mirror painted high gloss white.

  • michael moebes
    July 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Since I bought the mirror when it was black and then painted it silver at your urging, I’m wishing it’d just stayed black!

    • Deborah
      July 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Don’t hate. We have made a lot of design decisions in the past four months. I can still be awesome if I hit 98% accuracy.