For several months I've been wanting to replace the mirror I have in our dinning room. It was my cousin's mirror from when she was a kid but with a new frame. She didn't want it anymore so gave it to me 3-4 years ago. The frame was a nice thick one but she liked the distressed look and I'm not much into that look so I took the mirror out and repainted the frame. The problem came when I put the mirror back into the frame. The mirror was probably around 1/4 of an inch thick. Super thin for a large mirror. But I ended up cracking a corner of it. I was bummed but didn't want to trash it because I didn't have another mirror that size and didn't want to buy one. So, there it stayed for 3-4 years always making me nervous whenever anyone got too close to it. It was hard to clean too, I was scared to press too hard on it for fear of shattering it. And then a couple months ago when we had our little earthquake (yep in Oklahaoma!) and the thing rattled really bad and I thought it was going to fall, I knew it was time to replace it.
Here's my dinning room before.
I don't know if you can tell or not that the chairs have a nice plastic feel to the seat. This dinning set was my Grandmother's and she came from the era of putting plastic on stuff you wanted to stay nice. When I first got it I had intentions of recovering the seats or at least taking the plastic off. But the fabric actually went with my dinning room and then I realized that I have a toddler and that food wipes off soooo much better off of plastic. So, it's not ideal for decorating but it works for us in our life right now.
I also got a wall clock for that little bit of wall on the left side of the room. I like being able to see a clock anywhere in the house and I couldn't in the dinning room and I needed something on that blank wall.
Here's the new mirror and clock.