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Ironically, “My Gorgeous Thrift Store Mirror” has found it’s new home above our living room mantel at a time when I have had to make some very important decisions in my life. The irony is… I’ve literally had to look at myself in the mirror the past couple weeks (figuratively and physically), and decide if I was willing to go through (put my family through) a real-life surgical procedure, to “fix” part of my physical appearance that has bothered me for 20 years. Even more ironic, is that I haven’t been satisfied with anything I’ve put above this mantel, similar to how I haven’t been satisfied with anything I have tried to do to “fix” that “part”. I’ll explain more, but first let’s get to this gorgeous mirror (and what we used to hang it!).

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This gorgeous thrift store mirror is a perfect fit for this traditional mantel.  Learn how to hang heavy wall decor with ease!

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The history behind this gorgeous thrift store mirror truthfully isn’t very exciting. It really is just another pretty (very heavy) mirror that I happen to come across one afternoon at the thrift store-SCORE! I can’t remember the exact price I paid for it, but it was not a lot. After I had figured out a good spot to hang it in our family room (view family room makeover here), I didn’t have to do a thing to it, except clean it with my favorite glass cleaner. It looked great for a while, but just didn’t seem to fit 😖.

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This gorgeous thrift store mirror is a perfect fit for this traditional mantel.  Learn how to hang heavy wall decor with ease!

Speaking of “fitting”…I’m just going to lay it all out on the surgical table for you. I’m having laser lipo (non-traditional lipo) and a mini-tummy tuck tomorrow (all completed under local anesthetic) on my “cesarean(s) pouch” and surrounding areas. There, I said it. Hey, maybe I can help other women who are considering similar changes. Am I going to share before and after shots? I have no idea. Gotta see the results first 😉.

Not to switch the subject again, but we gotta get back to the results of the new spot for the mirror. I decided it was better suited over our more formal front living room fireplace 🔥 . Wow, was I right. I’m absolutely in love with it here. I’m very very satisfied. This baby fits so perfectly. Kind of like an old pair of jeans that you love.

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This gorgeous thrift store mirror is a perfect fit for this traditional mantel.  Learn how to hang heavy wall decor with ease!

Will my jeans fit better in the front? I sure hope so. Am I scared? Yes, terrified. You see, I reached my goal weight/magic number, but this “cesarean(s) pouch” just wouldn’t budge-and it’s spreading 😳. So, I thought, and thought hard. I researched, and thought some more. My conclusion…I’m 50. Now or never.

So…how do you like the mirror here???

This gorgeous thrift store mirror is a perfect fit for this traditional mantel.  Learn how to hang heavy wall decor with ease!

Here comes more irony. I feel really good about the mirror, and I feel really good about my decision to take care of me. After 20 years as a devoted mom…I have earned it.

I will keep you updated, and possibly share before/after photos, and all of the golden details. Stay tuned!

TIP: HANG HEAVY MIRRORS OR PICTURES WITH THESE HOOKS

This gorgeous thrift store mirror is a perfect fit for this traditional mantel.  Learn how to hang heavy wall decor with ease!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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44 Responses

  1. Bliss says:

    I think you should turn that mirror into a floor model, you know so you can admire someones svelte shape.

  2. Ivory says:

    JIulie, I love, love, and love the DIY mirror, as well as its location in your home. perfect spot! I also love the color to. I will be following closely about weight loss, because I’ve put on a few pounds over the winter, that I want to get rid of badly. I am staying tuning.

  3. Ivory says:

    I forgot to say…Happy V-Day, and stay warm and safe

  4. This mirror looks gorgeous over your fireplace. Good luck with your surgery recovery!

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  7. Love the mirror, Julie! I love how it’s such a big piece. The scale is just right over that fireplace!

  8. Cindy DIYbeautify says:

    Wow Julie, this mirror is a beauty! Can’t believe you found it at a thrift store!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Cindy! I actually thought it was going to be really “light” as in a cheap version of a brass mirror, but when I lifted it- I hurt my arm! This beast is heavy. I forgot to add what we used to hang it. I will add it!

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  11. Dad says:

    You did good, love to all, Dad in NY.

  12. Melly says:

    You are amazing! Praying the surgery went well and you get those results you deserve! This mom gig is not easy!!!! PS-love the mirror where it ended up!

  13. Michelle says:

    Your mirror is gorgeous Julie! And I’m happy you took the big step and did what you needed to do to make you happy <3 I'm so happy to be back with TST!

  14. Nancy says:

    Be sure to reassure all of us next week that yo are dong just fine! We truly care about you! and, yes, that is the spot for the mirror.

    • Julie says:

      Awww… so sweet, Nancy! I hope you receive this! I am okay!! It’s day 5 of recovery and I am still in bed-I shower and can be up for 4/5 hours. Then I gotta get back in bed. Pain meds are almost out so something better change quick, lol. Definitely not a quick recovery, but seeing incredible results in mirror. I will be back next Sat for sure!! Me and my Tylenol 😂. Xxoo. And for the record I care right back at you!!

  15. Patty says:

    Gorgeous mirror! I just turned 60, but when I was turning 50 I had a tummy tuck and a breast lift (just a lift,no extra needed, lol) – it was painful for a few weeks but I can still say 10 years later that it was worth it! I hope you love your results as much and don’t forget to do what the doctor tells you 🙂

  16. Rebecca says:

    Good for you!!!! I had some dark spots removed from my face a few weeks ago and I’m having excess skin taken off my upper lids. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. Feel better.

  17. Diane Kaskel says:

    You are so right about the place to hang the mirror! It looks perfect there. Best wishes for successful surgery!

  18. Deborah says:

    LOVE this mirror. It is gorgeous. Will be thinking of you during surgery!

  19. LORRI RAUSCHER says:

    Yes the mirror is in the right spot. I had a breast reduction and it was the best thing I ever did. Yep you will be sore for awhile…you just cut into muscle.. that’s why. Take care of yourself, follow yr Dr. Instruction ,s and each day will get a little bit better You are going to rock this summer.💃
    ..

  20. Karen says:

    Love the mirror over the fireplace! I am 59 and know that c-pouch all too well. I wish you success with the surgery. I always wanted it but couldn’t afford it.

    • Julie says:

      I felt the same way! I felt like when we did have a little extra $ how could I spend it on “THAT”!? No way! Luckily where I had it done they have financing. I pay a little on it each month. It’s definitely not cheap. It definitely was more than I thought it would be, too. Thanks, Karen, for your honesty!

  21. va says:

    Love the look over the fireplace and thanks for sharing your stories. Take care of yourself.

  22. That mirror looks perfect over your fireplace. What a great find! I hope you feel better soon from your surgery. Thank you for hosting another thrifty style team challenge full of wonderful ideas!

  23. Meegan says:

    Seeing what you found and how you have designed it in your home is inspiring! A gorgeous mirror makes everything better, doesn’t it?
    I hope you are healing and resting well.
    Take care of yourself, my friend!

  24. Kathy A says:

    I am a mirror lover so I loved hearing the story and where it finally ended up. Glad you are taking care of yourself. I had my broken front teeth capped, didn’t tell anyone but one close friend, and my daughter was the ONLY one who noticed and commented! But feeling good about yourself is what really counts.

  25. Melissa says:

    Good for you Julie!! I did the same thing last year. Though I felt/feel selfish about the money I spent on myself, the results were worth it. I don’t cringe every time I look in the mirror anymore. I hope the procedure went well. Just remember that it takes time to see the true, fantastic result.

    ps Love the mirror in the Living Room.

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