Trash To Treasure: Decorative Mirror

Some of you may know, I used to have a blog called [just had] A Bright Idea where I focused mostly on interior design & decor and some DIY-ing. When I started Style Oyster, I wanted to incorporate those things along with my love of fashion and all things, well, stylish. Unfortunately, leaving that blog for a new url posed it’s challenges. I lost the readers I had acccumulated over the 6 months of having the blog as well as the content…but wait, that content is NOT lost! Thanks to Blogger, I was able to move it over to Style Oyster. However, it was a little outdated (the wording in some, etc.) and of course the pictures were all tagged with my JHABI logo (and a few with even older blog logos than that! I had some name change issues…) I am putting this paragraph here as a preface to these posts because even though they are from the past, they are still projects that took a long time and are dear to my heart and I didn’t want to lose them when I officially take my old blog off the Internet. So I apologize to those of you who have followed me since [just had] A Bright Idea, as you will be experiencing some deja vu, but I know some of you are new and this may all be new content to you. So bear with me, I plan on posting these once a week until they are all on Style Oyster. Thank you so much, and I do hope you enjoy. xoxo

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A few months back, the neighborhood next to us had a community yard sale. I decided to stroll over there with my boys and check out some of them to see if I could find any good DIY-worthy items. I found this decorative mirror for $3.00 {bargained down from $5.00!}

This of course is a picture of it after I taped off the mirror part.

Not diggin’ the gold color so much, I decided a nice bright sunny yellow would make it a stand-out piece and make it appear a little more modern.

So I pulled out a can of yellow gloss spray paint and went to work. I did about four light layers to make sure I had nice coverage and to be sure I got all of the crevices.

Here is how it turned out:

I just realized based on the reflection that this picture is sideways. But oh well, it looks the same either way! You got to see how this all came together in my living room gallery post. The living room is really coming together and I just can’t wait to have everything in place and ready to show to all of you.

So are you taking on any DIY projects lately? Any projects completed – big or small? What do you think of this mirror transformation?

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The Making of a Picture Gallery

Some of you may know, I used to have a blog called [just had] A Bright Idea where I focused mostly on interior design & decor and some DIY-ing. When I started Style Oyster, I wanted to incorporate those things along with my love of fashion and all things, well, stylish. Unfortunately, leaving that blog for a new url posed it’s challenges. I lost the readers I had acccumulated over the 6 months of having the blog as well as the content…but wait, that content is NOT lost! Thanks to Blogger, I was able to move it over to Style Oyster. However, it was a little outdated (the wording in some, etc.) and of course the pictures were all tagged with my JHABI logo (and a few with even older blog logos than that! I had some name change issues…) I am putting this paragraph here as a preface to these posts because even though they are from the past, they are still projects that took a long time and are dear to my heart and I didn’t want to lose them when I officially take my old blog off the Internet. So I apologize to those of you who have followed me since [just had] A Bright Idea, as you will be experiencing some deja vu, but I know some of you are new and this may all be new content to you. So bear with me, I plan on posting these once a week until they are all on Style Oyster. Thank you so much, and I do hope you enjoy. xoxo

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As you might know, I have been working hard on redecorating my living room over the last few months. It is mostly complete, but many of the walls were left bare as the artwork I had up previously did not go with the new color scheme.

However, the largest wall space, which is above the couch, was left completely bare. I spent weeks searching Pinterest for inspiration. I knew I wanted to put together a wall gallery. I also went to buy various white frames as I mostly had black and brown. I definitely wanted the white to help make my overall color scheme really “pop”.

Once I had an assortment of frames and the pictures I wanted to use, I spent some time rearranging the frames on the floor until I had an arrangement I liked. (I recommend doing this before nailing holes in the wall and then changing your mind.)

After I had the arrangement set up how I liked it, I went to putting it on the wall. The mirror was already on the wall, so I used that as my center. In the end, I ended up with this:

It’s a tad off from the original plan, but I still love it. Here is a wider view of this portion of the room:

So what do you think? (And hey, you just got a pretty big peek at how the living room is starting to look!) Oh, psst…I got the frames from Walmart and Target (always good deals to be found!)

I plan on adding to it as time goes on…but this is definitely a nice start and it already makes a huge difference in the space. I hated staring at that empty wall every day.

I’m so excited about how this room is turning out! Have you got a nice gallery wall to share? Post a link in your comment!

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