Mirror, Mirror on the Garden Wall

I had seen posts of mirrors in gardens and was intrigued. I needed something to decorate the side of the garage that faces the garden- a large section of bare wall. Last summer I found a dresser mirror discarded on the curb. It was in great condition and perfect for what I had in mind. It sat in the garage till this past week when I finally got around to working on this project. I painted it to match the colors of the garage and situated right where it was needed. I hung a stained glass sun catcher on it and added an artificial vine so that the birds would not fly into it thinking it was space. I love this new addition to my secret garden!
The mirror along the garage wall- it looked great, but I was afraid that the birds would fly into it. So I finally hung a sun catcher in the center as well as an artificial vine around it. Hopefully that will prevent any birds from hurting themselves. (Unless they're as graceful as I am!)
To work on the mirror, I placed a tarp on my tree and leaned the mirror on it.
I covered the mirror and painted the outer edges first ("georgia clay" was the color I had)
I painted the main part of the frame "moss green"
the beautiful detail on the corners of the mirror- I decided I would paint them gold to accent the mirror.
I smudged the gold to give it a little bit of a "weathered" look.
The metal braces on the dresser mirror were about 2 ft. long, perfect for staking the mirror into the ground. Then I decided to hang a stained glass sun catcher on the mirror to make sure no birds would fly into it. I added an articial vine around it.
This is how it looks in its new home! :)
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  • Ardale Ardale on Apr 14, 2019

    OMG I love this! It's just beautiful and so worth the effort to make! I have the perfect area to put one and have a large ornate mirror I can use as well. I will be doing this! Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic idea! Can you tell me if you sealed the wood before painting and did you use exterior paint?

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  • Hazel Adams Hazel Adams on Apr 05, 2016
    I really like the idea of having a mirror in your garden. It gives a more reflective feel to it. I think that it is important to be able to make your garden a reflective and peaceful place. http://glasshopperaurora.com/contact-us/oswego

  • Ardale Ardale on May 25, 2017
    Very pretty, you did a wonderful job! Since you have it staked in the ground do you also have it attached to your house to keep it from being blown over in rough thunderstorms?