I love mirrored furniture. Loved it even before it became a hot new trend in home decor and pieces could be snatched up a places like Target! It brings glam, luxe and a feminine vibe to a room. Plus, I am a firm believer that every space needs some sparkle so if you don’t have it in the form of candle holders or picture frames then this is a good way to get some!
After months of shopping for a coffee table, I decided that either a super modern glass table or a charming vintage-y mirrored one would be the way to go. But every time I came across a potential candidate it was too perfect and pricey; I like nice things but I don’t like feeling I have to run around strategically placing coasters or plastic sheeting to protect my family or guests from my stuff.
One day I was perusing the wall mirrors at HomeSense (a.k.a. HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshals, Winners), when I had a vision: so many of these mirrors which were meant for walls could totally be re-imagined as tables. I was psyched.
That’s when a large mirror reduced from $189 to $49 spoke to me. Sure the frame was scratched (already distressed? perfect) and it had two tiny cracks on one of the mirrored tiles (nothing a pile of magazines couldn’t hide?).
After I hauled it into my car, atop my groceries -during a snow storm might I add, I popped over to a local second hand shop where I had seen a cute coffee table the week before with a bowed top (as if someone sat on it). Luckily it was still there, the perfect size (slightly smaller than my mirror) and for $10 it was cheaper and sturdier (because of the framing) than buying pre-made legs from the hardware store.
Later in the garage I removed the table top, gave it a quick coat of black spray paint and with a little wood glue and some screws I re-attached the base to my mirror.
I was amazed at how awesome it looked, how little it cost me and how impressed the kids were that I whipped up a coffee table between dinner and dessert!
The 101: Scan the isles of your favorite store for discounted mirrors with a frame that could pass as an occasional table. Rather than buying pre-made furniture legs at the hardware store, look for a used table or even re-purpose one you already own. Spray paint is a quick fix to make odd pieces match.
*Slightly different version of above article was also featured on The Hudson St. Lazare Gazette‘s web site on Wednesday January 11, 2012