Monday, June 7, 2010

Mirror, Mirror Gone from My Wall

I am a procrastinator of a specific sort--I don't put things off until it's too late.  I just put them off until it becomes a crisis to get them done by the deadline.  I'm trying to be better. Really I am.
This was one of those projects that I finished just in time.
I've been wanting a chalkboard for my stairway that I can write quotes on for my kids to memorize (stole that idea from Shawni at Life).  But I could never find one that was the right size, etc. Then I read Andrea's tutorial at Four Flights of Fancy, and she inspired me to make my own.
The problem was finding the time to find the right frame.  I would look a little, but my heart was never in it.  Then, I removed the mirror that used to hang in my kitchen to make room for a new piece of art.  As the frame sat on the floor  amusing my children in turn, I was struck with inspiration:
This frame was the perfect size and shape.  I purchased this mirror at a garage sale many moons ago--like 150 moons ago.  It was ugly avocado green with canvas trim, but I cute-ified it and it has hung in my girls' room or in the kitchen ever since.

I was going to get a piece of MDF cut to fit the frame, but I just used the glass.  And it worked just fine!  See?
It fits perfectly in that weird space between the window and the door, and it's the perfect place where my kids walk by it 100 times a day to remind them.  Lily and Micah memorized this quote, and Tucker and Ben memorized another one (part of Jeffrey Holland's talk--"two paragraphs that ended with "Watch your step).  These two quotes are going to be the topic of our Family Home Evening on Monday, and then we'll get two new ones!

Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!  Never would have gotten around to it without you!

Linking up to New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays.  I just love Amy.  She is so truly kind and she has great ideas.  If you don't read her blog, you should.


And don't forget to enter my giveaway on yesterday's post--
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26 comments:

  1. AHHHHH-SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
    seriously fab, jen. =)

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  2. Awesome, love it!! No really, I quite love it. Look at you and your bad self go.

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  3. I'm the same sort of procrastinator - you should see me before we have overnight guests!
    Great use of the mirror - love the idea of the kids memorizing quotes.

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  4. Oh what a great idea. I love the quote. Your description of what type of procrastinator you were was one I could relate to 100%. Thanks for a great idea.
    Dana

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  5. I Love how it came out! So, you just painted the chalkboard paint right on the mirror? that is so cool! Looks wonderful, and a beautiful quote too :)

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  6. This is fabulous..you should see my procrastination list!

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  7. Oh I love it when something that has been hanging around on your To-Do list finally gets done!! Way to go and it looks awesome! Who would have thought you could paint right over the glass!!!
    Going to check out those blogs you mentioned...
    Enjoy the day

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  8. I love this idea...and the quote is wonderful. Hmmm...another project for me! I have the silly quotes the kids say on the pantry door (chalkboard paint), but I love this idea. May have to use it on the huge chalkboard outside of their bathroom...which is STILL not done! :)
    Julie

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  9. What a great idea! I love this project. It's such a great way to get your kids reading and thinking about great quotes instead of the junk they write in today's pop music.

    As always, Evie is just so adorable :) She looks so happy seeing herself in the mirror!

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  10. fantastic!

    can i steal the idea too?

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  11. I've wanted a big chalkboard for my wall for soooo long too! I think I need to start hitting up the garage sales more often. . . . . It looks great - and I love the quote you picked!

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  12. Love Eve's expression, too cute.

    Way to go, being a procrastinator paid off with this wonderful finished product!

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  13. Love the idea of changing your quotes daily...I'm a quote girl!

    Did you chalkboard right on top of your mirror? Didn't know you could do that! I just bought chalkboard paint for the first time today! Gonna make a vase for the bus driver!

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  14. I am so in love with this idea!

    I think a chalkboard like this would also be a beautiful spot to write love notes to my kids.

    I'm off to make my supply list.

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  15. SO perfect! I love it! You painted right over the glass with chalkboard paint? If that's the case, I have a fabulous mirror to which I would like to do the same! Any special instructions before I get started?! :) Thanks for the great idea!!!

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  16. Truly beautiful!

    I procrastinate unto crisis too and it's never pretty!

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  17. Way to get it done.
    Great quote too!
    Love Evie's sweet face the best!

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  18. Just fyi... all you who comment on my mom's blog.... you're a cyber chum. How does that make you feel? Horrible? Insulted? Degraded? Used? Stinky? Like you have a monkey on your back? I thought so. Just sayin.

    tucker

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  19. Could that Evie get any cuter?!!!

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  20. that is a GREAT photo of evie. and that frame is perfect for that chalkboard. i love it.

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  21. Such a stinking good idea! And I'm such a cleaning procrastinator- the pressure of people over makes me move like no other.

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  22. What a great idea! I've been trying to come up with something to put on my stairs. I think I have found it...though I am not very good at cutifying anything but children.

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