Looking for simple ideas on how to create a mirrored staircase wall? Here’s how I created my very own wall going up my staircase.
I can’t decide if this is going to be a mirrored staircase wall post or a little design encouragement to start your Monday.
Or maybe both.
Raise your hand if you think every project works out perfectly here over here at thistlewood.
Not even close.
Here’s the thing. Here’s the encouragement. I’m not perfect. My projects aren’t perfect. My house isn’t perfect. My life isn’t perfect.
NOT EVEN CLOSE.
I’m always taking two steps forward and then the random step back.
Sometimes days don’t work out like they are planned. Sometimes hairstyles don’t work out like they are planned. And sometimes? Design projects don’t work out exactly as they are planned.
But none of that truly matters because the joy is in the journey.
Okay. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let me go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.
This is what the staircase looked like when we bought back the house.
The walls were white.
The stairs didn’t have a runner.
There wasn’t any artwork on the wall.
So we started by painting the walls Sandbar SW 7547.
Then we added this runner.
Then we added brass stair rods to the runner.
And roman shades to the windows and pillows to the window seat.
The staircase was done and I had tons of extra time to start on a zillion other projects.
Or so I thought.
(total aside: remember the journey? Remember the joy? Are you ever really done?)
I had the idea for a wall full of mirrors.
I could see it in my mind. There would be brass mirrors of all different shapes and sizes. Layers and layers of mirrors that brought in the sunlight and made the space feel larger and the staircase dance with twinkling sunbeams.
It was a brilliant plan.
Except I TOTALLY underestimated the amount of money that mirrors like this cost.
I am in the wrong business. I need to go into the vintage mirror business. A small vintage mirror costs about $50 and large vintage mirrors can run into hundreds of dollars. And it’s not yard sale season yet, so I couldn’t find bargain mirrors for my mirror wall. So instead, I compromised. I bought a few older mirrors and mixed in some newer mirrors and then I figured out THAT I NEED MORE MIRRORS.
Remember that joy that’s in the journey?
I have extra joy because this journey is going to take a lot longer than I thought.
So after than rather random lengthy explanation, here is my DIY mirrored staircase wall.
It’s fine for now.
There are mirrors and they are up and they do reflect the sunlight and when the sun sets through that back window, the room is a cacophony of light and sunbeams and sparkles.
(total aside: don’t you love a decorating project with a really good but.)
….I need to find more mirrors.
I need to find amazing, incredible, chippy, vintage mirrors that I can layer on the wall.
Here’s my vision. See those blank spaces?
I want to layer in mirrors so the mirrors are kind of on top of each other. Does that make sense? I want the entire wall to be layers of vintage chippy mirrors. I can’t really find picture risers right now. Pottery Barn had some amazing ones, but they went out of stock. So I’m on the hunt to find picture risers, so I can layer in the mirrors on the wall.
Does that make sense?
But for now we have our start.
Here’s the beginning of the wall.
Here’s the beginning of the journey.
And the reminder that not every design project turns out perfectly at the beginning and that’s OKAY. There’s no design rule that says that every project has to be perfect from the very first step. Sometimes you take two steps forward and one design step back. The important thing is that it’s fun. The important thing is that it’s your home and your process and your project.
And your journey.
Here’s to finding joy with every step. 🙂
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