Guys, Who am I? Two posts in one day? FTW!
Like I said, I’ve been brimming with ideas for the house. The first was to customize this round mirror from Ikea. Unlike so many other mirrors the Skogsvåg mirror from Ikea was the perfect size for my small space. At 18″ wide it fit this odd shape created by our staircase just perfectly. Plus the frame of the mirror is made from wood so it makes it easy to modify, unlike some of it’s metal framed counterparts. Also, did I mention the price, $39.99 – a deal as far as mirrors go.
My go-to copper metallic spray paint is from Rustoleum, it does an amazing job of actually looking like copper, and I feel completely confident that when I use it, shit will look cool. I kinda went a little nuts and spray painted the buttons on my twemco flip clock too, oops. I’ve been pinning and pining for a round mirror for my house for a long time, I just couldn’t find one that was exactly what I was looking for, and for the price I wanted to pay. After searching around for a bit I found this pretty natural leather strapping, and bought a bunch of it (I have a few other ideas in mind for this as well). The leather is 1 1/2″ wide and sits perfectly flush against the sides of the mirror. And since the mirror is made of wood, it was easy to tack on using upholstery nails. More details on the mirror assembly below.
I invested in a gaggle of pillows for our entry bench (aka radiator cover / built-in bench). You can see a peak of them in the above pic, and I’ll be sure to share more later. They have made the space! Below are the links to the cushions spotted above :)
Blush Pillow | Navy Chevron | Sailors | Graphic B&W
Tape off the mirror with painters tape – I used thin sheets of newsprint from the telephone book to mask as well as the tape. There was a bit of overspray on the mirror and I cleaned it up easily with nail polish remover.
Cut your leather strap with a sharp scissors to the desired length
Attach the leather on each side of mirror centered on the leather. Use a hammer to gently tap the tack into place.
Determine the location of the finial on the wall, drill a pilot hole and use a small anchor to attach it to the wall.
I hung the mirror on both the finial and the support hook on the back of the mirror.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and sharing a few more tricks and ideas for transforming this space. See ya soon!
Reveal : The Entry Way, Stairwell and Hallway
Slow Design & The Stairwell/Hallway/Entry
Entryway : Artwork
Entryway : Potentsch Rugs
Entryway : Coat Hooks
Entryway : DIY Copper Plant Stand
Entryway : DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror
Vintage Rag Rug in the Entry Way
My New Nelson Bubble Lamp
Entry Way Ideas
Some Things Never Change
Where did you get that awesome dresser?!
Hey Emily! The dresser was one of my first ever CL finds 8 years or so a go. We had been using it as our TV stand in the living room for the last five years, and then once the TV moved to the basement, the dresser moved to the entry. I wish I had more info about who designed it, but I’ve never been able to find anything on it. It’s a solid, well-built piece of furniture though!
Looks amazing! All of it, the stairs, the bureau, the mirror (which I am totally buying on my next IKEA pilgrimage), the lamp, clock…gorgeous, all!
Thanks, Lauralou! We’re loving it too, it feels like it was always supposed to be this way.
Love it! And of course your photography is on point. I love that you’ve seized your creativity surge. GO FOR IT!
Thanks Emily! I always appreciate a nice photography compliment :)
I’m a consistent blog stalker so I thought it was time to say hi! Love your updates and LOVE LOVE LOVE how the entryway has turned out.
Hey Ashley! Thanks for saying “HI”! Thank you, and we love it too – there should be more entry up dates soon, hopefully the other side of the space can stand up to this little corner ;)
This turned out so great. You should start your own product line. I like the simplicity and clean lines of the space. A++++
jesus that looks so perfect! i’ve also been on the “must find a round mirror” hunt. why are they so expensive? we don’t have an ikea in oklahoma but now i’m thinking i’m going to have to stop by one when i’m in texas next month to pick one of those up…
I honestly have no idea at all why mirrors are so crazy expensive. Like 40 bucks sounds like a lot to me, but in mirror land, that’s a deal. I don’t get it! You should always swing into an Ikea when you are near one, that’s my motto!
that’s so true! my husband & i have a joke about how awesome we are at life if we manage to get out of that place, spending less than $100. it’s only happened once.
Jana, hi! Target has an amazing brass 28″ mirror for $49.99. It was out of stock for such a long time, so as soon as it came back, I bought FOUR! I kid you not, I have no idea what I’m going to do with them just yet, but I was like you, looking for the perfect round mirror for ages (and a brass one, at that), so I had to stock up. Target regularly has 40% off discounts on home decor, so I’d suggest being on the lookout for that – then you can score 2 for $60!!
Love this! The entry looks super sleek!
Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
I mean, what you say is important and everything.
Nevertheless imagine if you added some great pictures or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
Your content is excellent but with images
and video clips, this blog could certainly be one of the very best in its field.
Looks fantastic! I was wide awake painfully early this morning and found you on Instagram :) LOVE your blog, where have you been all my life?! (not in a creepy way). I live in Canada just north of the “twin cities” and its beyond refreshing to see such an amazing blog from a city that gets snow and a real winter!
Can’t wait to sift through some of your old posts for some fresh inspo :) Thanks!
I have been looking, and looking…for a round mirror on leather strap that is affordable and decided maybe I can make my own. One google and here you are!!! How amazing this looks. I have a question. You state in step 5 Hang the mirror. I hung the mirror on both the finial and the support hook on the back of the mirror.
Where does one fine a “finial” to hang a mirror? I can’t seem to locate anything resembling this. Thank you so much.