Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Think outside the big reflective box

This house building stuff can get expensive, it drains your pockets along with your energy (tiny violin) and there is always something cooler / would fit in that space perfectly / looks just like that one you saw on San Francisco Girl by bay's blog / waaaay out of your price range. Alas it is all just a part of life and sometimes you can buy a cheap knockoff which is what happens when life feels like giving you the big thumbs up (sorry design guru's out there who despise knockoffs, I'm just a tall girl with a small wallet, building a big house)

 

So, I have seen so many HUGE mirrors on Pinterest. Those really cool big ones that are just casually leaning up against the wall like "who me, I'm just chilling....the lady that owns this house bought me for a gazillion bucks so I'm set for life and I'm sending my tiny mirror babies to college".... You know the ones I'm talking about. Smug and gigantic.

Well I wanted one (of course I did) to go in our wardrobe and I do not have a gazillion bucks to spend! Not even close, in fact, not even 100. So I started thinking about how I could copy them without the price tag and then I thought about the big mirrors that are part of those sliding wardrobe doors in a lot of newish houses these days AND THEN I thought about how many newish houses were pulled to pieces after those heinous earthquakes of ours. I did a search on trademe and sure enough there were loads but I found a really big one for $50 and I hit the buy now so hard my index finger felt a little sore for about 5 minutes.

 

It was ugly.... And I didn't care. It was big and in this case. Size totally mattered.

 

I bought some black etching primer spray paint.... It sticks to anything, dries super quick and goes a great matte colour. I taped the mirror up, then went outside with a head torch and started spraying.

 

It looks awesome, sure... if you get real close you may notice it's 'wardrobe door' like frame but I don't mind. Most people when they're looking at a mirror are checking that their teeth are clean and their bums look not too small/not too big so I'm thinking no one else will notice and everyone will just assume it's the kind of mirror with trust fund babies. Result.

 

I'm also finding that whenever I finish a space I want to spoil it with gifts of cool stuff that I've been collecting (aka buying and hiding from Guy) and in my wardrobes case it got well and truly spoilt. I can't say these things will stay there forever because when I have an actual living area to deck out I may want to steal them back but for now..... They're all yours wardrobe.

 

 
 
 

The wardrobe got my favourite pouf ever that I found at LETLIV.... You can't really go past a tan moroccan pouf, all they're going to do is wear in and keep looking more and more awesome, which in turn will make you (pouf owner) look awesome. It's science.

The madras rug from freedom

My Clare Elsaesser prints, these may stay.....and I may just have to buy more. Oh darn.

A little vintage macrame and toolbox find + all of my hats

 

 

 
 

 

This wardrobe without all the cool poufs and prints was actually cheap as chips. A couple of pieces of driftwood and twine, the bottom piece a little shorter in length so there's room to hang the long dresses I never wear and a $50 giant mirror.

 

Next on the list are some cheap DIY plywood shelves..... We have a dresser with drawers in the bedroom for all the folded stuff so we don't need to worry about that and when we have more time and money we may change the driftwood to matte black metal piping but for now it's as good as gold.

 

11 comments:

  1. Awesome I love your mirror find! I want a big giant mirror too but again, no budget.... I'll have to check out Trade Me too. One of our friends is building a house and got some mega deals on lots of bits and pieces from Christchurch houses. Saved him loads. Waste not want not!

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    1. Hi Nicola, yep totally. So much going to waste with all his demo going on. Good luck with the mirror hunt :-)

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  2. That mirror really does fall under the 'why didn't I think of that?' category. I also like the driftwood idea for hanging things, but since I actually haven't been able to stand inside my wardrobe since 2006 due it being more of a floordrobe, I think I need to spend my energy finding good storage solutions.

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    1. Hahaha it may not be long until mine also becomes a floordrobe... Let me know if you find some goodies!

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  3. Dying at your trust fund babies mirror analogy! Love your sense of style and sense of humor, you are one rad chick.

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    1. You always crack me up Jamie, so i'm pleased I can return the favour sometimes! x

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  4. I have recently stumbled upon your blog and absolutely love it, same taste, love your finds and styling!
    Its so reassuring reading your comments too such as seeing glimpses through the plaster dust, hearing about the successes (and learning curves) as we are on the exact same journey but a renovation. The main bathroom is our project at the moment and can finally say after 3 weeks showering at friends and work we are back in (albeit without a door - so lucky the housemate is away). Anyhow thanks so much for sharing your journey and you have a pretty cool name too :)
    Katrina xx

    PS - love that pouf did you get the natural or the tan one?

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    1. Thanks so much Katrina, love your name too ha! Would love to see your reno progress, do you have an instagram or anything I can follow? Oh and it's the tanned pouf! x

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  5. I'm inspired by your new home, it's beautiful and a dream come true! I just found your blog and It was fun to read your blog backwards :) It's funny that we have a lot of similar inspirations photos from homes. Looking forward to follow your blog.
    Best, Björg
    http://www.bjorggunnars.com/

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    1. Thank you Bjorg! Will have to pop over to your blog for a look now :-)

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  6. Hi. I'm just strawling back through your blog and I love you hats. Where did you get them? Laura

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