What Happens When a Dinner Guest Cancels?

The other evening my good friend Peggy and her son were expected over for our weekly supper together, however at about 2 in the afternoon she called me to say that she wasn't going to be able to make dinner. She had forgotten that she had made other plans for the evening. No problem...now I suddenly had the rest of the afternoon free from tiding up the house just a little bit, and I suddenly I became inspired to take on a project. Usually I don't get started that late but I really didn't think this it would take very long.

As you may know, Mr. RL just finished building and installing my beautiful new mantel and surround, which I love. So all excited, I decided to start creating my spring mantel display! I was putting items up, taking them down, rearranging and then arranging again and again. Suddenly hit me...the color of the framed mirror above the mantel was all wrong!

To me this mirror always gave the feeling of being an architectural feature in the living room, some what like a window as it fits the space so perfectly. But the wood trim in the room, the bookshelves, crown, window and baseboard moldings, are all painted white. So do you know what I did?

I took my trusty green Frogger tape and taped off the glass from the wood...

...and I painted the dang thing white!

Here again is the black frame.

I went ahead and threw a few pops of white up onto my bookshelves to tie together the white from the fireplace. I also replaced the fire screen with an old picture just to add a little interest and color below the mantel.

Now looking at the before pictures the black frame wasn't that bad, however I think I prefer the fresher look of the white frame. Mr. RL is kidding me that I am going what he calls "white" on him. (I guess I wont be filling him in on my plans for the kitchen table and chairs.) 

But hey it's officially spring next week and I am definitely ready for a few changes!

What are you changing up in your home to welcome springs return?

Wishing you a wonderful last weekend of winter!!!
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  1. Barbara, I love that mirror! Your fireplace is beautiful either way, but it does look nice for spring and summer. Happy Friday!

  2. Barbara it looks terrific, I like it much better with the new mantle. I am so ready for Spring also.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Barbara, the white looks great! It really stands out! Love your new fireplace surround, too! You are just a busy little bee!!

  4. Barbara your mirror now pops out. Kinda lost before..
    Yes lets hope this is the last bit of winter we see.

  5. Barbara painting that mirror white really brightened that area up, I love it!!
    Love your new mantel arrangement too! Such a pretty room!

  6. Love the mirror, what a difference. The new mantel is gorgeous.


  7. Barbara- That looks great painted white. I like it a lot better. The mantle looks absolutely lovely!!!! xo Dana

  8. Your mirror is so lovely and even more so painted white. Your mantel and fireplace are pretty too - so is your entire room.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

  9. Looks stunning!! I am so jealous....I wish i had room for a fire place downstairs......


  10. That is something I would do. I have a chair in the bathroom that was black and everything else white. So I did exactly what you did. Painted it white. Fits the room much better now. Doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. I liked your mirror black but it looks great white.So plans as of yet for sprucing up spring but I am sure some thing will come a long.

  11. I love this room! It looks so cozy and warm. Love the mirror!!

  12. The fireplace area looked pretty with the dark mirror but it looks fantastic painted white. The entire room looks lovely and inviting.

  13. I personally LOVE the change! I'm all over the WHITE!!! I'm fortunate to have a husband that goes along my transformation to whiteness everywhere! Hope you are having a fabulous week my friend!!! Blessings ~ Judy

  14. Hi Barbara,

    I love the mirror white! Everything looks lovely. Thank you for joining us at Transformed Tuesday this week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  15. question - where did you get that mirror? love it!

    1. OMGosh I bought it probably about 10 years ago at Pier One. Have seen a smaller version at Home Goods...not sure if Pier One still carries it...maybe you could find it to EBay. Just so you know it was $129 when it was purchase. Hope this helps!!!B~


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