A DIY wall of mirrors can change the look of any room by adding light, movement, size, and reflection.
Hello, everyone. I am so excited about today’s post. We spent a little bit of money and created a wall of mirrors that changed the whole look of our entry foyer, stairway to the second floor, and dining room. I have been thinking about filling up our blank stairway wall for a while but just wasn’t sure which direction to go. When I saw a DIY wall of mirrors on the Thistlewood Farms blog, I knew that was it. (Her approach is different from mine, but the results are similar.)
I have always liked using mirrors and have one in practically every room. It’s not because I want to look at myself, although I now have no excuse for leaving the house with spinach in my teeth. It’s because a mirror does four things. It creates light where there might not be a window. It creates movement every time someone walks by, and it creates reflection. A mirror also can make a room look larger than it is.
Economical Solution to a Blank Wall
Mirrors are basically a dime a dozen. If you have ever been in a thrift store or consignment shop, then you know they usually have a bunch of mirrors for not a bunch of money. In fact, when I decided to do a DIY wall of mirrors, I spent just a few hours going to four thrift stores, and I found all but two. All were dirty, but all but one were in good condition. I’ll show you how I fixed the needy one in another post. The other two I purchased new at Hobby Lobby – one with a coupon and the other on sale for half price.
My friend Beth Harper (The Lone Rearranger) helped me put the wall together once I had bought all of the mirrors and cleaned them up. The first mirror that went up is one that has orange and gold in the frame.
My intention was to paint the frame to a more neutral color, but Beth said not to because it repeats the colors in our antique kilim rug, which is right beside the stairs. Oh, all right. That works for me.
How We Did It
Beth started out by lining up the orange and gold mirror to the ceiling light that hangs in the foyer, and hung it. The light is centered in the foyer and center on the wall going up the steps. So, that was the logical place to start. We chose that mirror first because it was one of the large ones. Then through trial and error, we randomly selected the largest mirrors and hung them. We made sure the space between them was similar, and we didn’t go too high on the stairs because we didn’t want to build a scaffold!!!
We pretty much hung the large ones first and then fit the smaller ones in. The first mirror going up the stairs and the little round one with the gold frame are the two I purchased.
The Final Price
As far as price goes, the most I spent on one mirror was $29.00. Most of them were between $10.00 and $20.00. I think I definitely got my money’s worth, don’t you? What a great impact spending less than $150.00 gave me.
(Here is the wall before.)
The scariest part of this whole project was hanging them. I am thankful for Beth’s help. If I had been hanging them on my own, I would have laid them out in a grid on the floor to decide where to put each one.
So, if you decide to create a wall of mirrors at your house, you can center the first one on the wall. Then hang the remaining large ones before filling in with the smaller ones. Hope this works for you.