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More home renos…

Picture this: It’s the mid-seventies. Pants are bell bottomed, disco is on the radio, and smoked mirrors are all the rage.

Fast forward to 1985. Times have changed. Bell bottoms are now acid-wash. Disco is out and glam is in. And those smoked mirrors? They should be long gone. And for most people they are. But the company who was building our house must have had a surplus they needed to unload…

And let’s not even talk about the the oak bannisters and spindles…

Fast forward again. This time to 2010. As Dan and I walked through the house we would buy two days later, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Smoked mirrors everywhere. Seriously. And not only were they smoked mirrors, but they were surrounded by oak frames. Horrid. I kept thinking to myself that they’d be easy enough to take down.

Want to get a better look?  Ok.  It’s worth it.

6 or so months after moving in, I finally got my wish.  Dan and his dad got the giant mirrors down.  And the removal was fairly easy.  But keeping those mirrors up on the wall took a lot so when they came down, so did half the wall.  So much so that we actually had to hire a plasterer to fix the huge holes.

A few coats of paint later and some shopping for the frames, and the 80’s were back where they belong – in the past.

(As you can see, the cats are loving it too…)

I’m seriously over the moon with how it turned out.  Having a showcase for some of my fave pictures doesn’t hurt either…

I also think the boy/girl signs on the kids bedrooms are too adorable for words.  I’ve been thinking about coating them in chalkboard paint to make them dual purpose but I haven’t had the extra minutes this week to do it.  How awesome would that be though…?

So…what do you think…?  Likey?

Next up:  Our forest green and burgundy living room gets a lighter, brighter new look.  Stay tuned.

August 15, 2011 - 11:06 am

Kris - Looks great. Those mirrors were really something else…they must have weighed a tonne. I love the gallery…and it’s something you can always keep looking fresh by swapping out photos.

August 15, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Dan - If you’re scratching your head and wondering why anyone would remove such beautiful mirrors, then I have a deal for you! 1 of the 5 broke during removal, but the other 4 are ready for pickup in our garage! Start the bidding at $0.01 or all the pocket lint in your right hand pants pocket …

August 15, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Alicia - Looks awesome guys.

My parents would probably like the mirrors for their bedroom. I wish I was kidding.

August 15, 2011 - 11:30 pm

shannen - Alicia: A Christmas present perhaps? They are yours if you want ’em. 😉

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