A (Newly Gold) Mirror and Staggered Hooks

November 4, 2014

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Over the weekend we got our mirror and hooks hung in the entry again. As scary as it was to put holes in our newly hung wallpaper (measure 5 times, drill once!), the results were worth it. And the wallpaper looks even better with some life on it, as walls do.


Our trusty Ikea mirror we got in our last house was the perfect size so we decided to refresh it for the new(er) entry.


Since the mirror and hooks were now going to be right next to each other, I decided to paint the frame of the mirror in a similar warm gold. Normally, I would use spray paint. But none of them were just right–not that I wanted the mirror and hooks to match perfectly, but we were going for the same ballpark. Warm and on the matte side of gold.


The winning combination ended up being a few coats of this metallic gold craft paint and when that dried, I rubbed a little bit of autumn gold rub ‘n buff on the edges mostly. The result is a mirror frame with depth and age–well, what looks like age.


This time around we decided to stagger the hooks when we hung them. I love it! It’s something little, but the varying heights allow easy access for our guests of all heights and is just a lot more interesting than a straight line, too.



We kept a canvas bin in the mix for shoes and our bench has been serving us nicely, too. It’s so nice to have function back in this space! Our Edward Hopper reproduction got here last week, so getting that framed and hung is officially on our to-do list.

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  1. Courtney says:

    What height(s) did you hang the hooks?

  2. Caroline Ausel says:

    I love the whole look! Very bold wallpaper choice but it paid off! I love the big gold mirror! Where did you get the wall hooks?

  3. Valerie says:

    I LOVE the wallpaper and gold combo. Looks wonderful. Out of curiousity what is your plan for the newly blank wall(s)? I am thinking of wallpapering one wall in my living room but am not sure what to do with the rest of the walls- but I am terrified of picking something too busy for my 600 square foot condo!

  4. emily says:

    gorgeous! I love how all the layers are working together!

  5. It looks amazing! I love how it all came together.

    Thanks for showing us your step by step process for putting your spaces together – because it doesn’t happen overnight for us either and its so helpful to see it come together a piece at a time.

  6. Love the new space. I’m glad you guys decided to “go big or go home”!! Can’t wait to see what you decided on the spindles for the front staircase. I’m team black :)

  7. Very nice overall look! It’s so much warmer and luxe than the previous entryway version. And that bench!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Love love love how it is turning out. I too have wallpaper in my foyer. It is original to my house (c.1961) and is flocked. Its been painted over a neutral stone color and adds great texture and dimension to the walls. Looking good girl!

  9. Nadya says:

    Julia, that wall looks fantastic!!! Love everything about it. Great job!!!

  10. Macy says:

    NICE! I have to say, I was questioning the wallpaper when I first saw it – there seems to be a repeat pattern to it (as most wallpaper can’t escape from) that bothered me. But with that amazing (and large) gold mirror and hooks alongside, you really made the wallpaper a great backdrop, rather than the focal point. I love it! Great job!

  11. Alison says:

    It proves the saying “the middle makes no sense” is true. Looks great when it is the end! Looks very nice. I was glad to see you covered one of the very white switch plates, now to cover the plug that stands out against the dark wallpaper. Don’t know how though. The mirror looks great gold, a lot richer.

  12. Fabulous Julia! Fantastic job. Love it :)

  13. Looks great! I love the gold with the wallpaper

  14. AnnMarie says:

    The mirror and hooks definitely make the space for me. When I first saw the wallpaper and the bench hanging out on that wall all by itself, I was like, “…?” The bench seemed too small, and the wallpaper too busy, for my taste — but seeing this all together, it definitely rocks! I LOVE the mirror with the bench, how did you work it out that they match widths almost perfectly?? And I also love how the gold stands out against the dark wallpaper and bench.

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha. I know what you mean. We had several people unsure about the wallpaper when we first introduced it. Part of being a show as we go blog is definitely the room for doubt–but glad it came together for you like it did for us! The bench + mirror matchup was a miracle! So happy that worked out.

  15. Jen says:

    What an amazing space! I want to come over. :) You have a great sense of style. I look forward to see what you do with the stairwell. Gold frames with with bright mats might balance the banister out if you decided to do all black.

  16. Michelle says:

    I LOVE how this turned out. Functional, pretty, and interesting all at the same time! :)

  17. Tara S says:

    Looks amazing!!! I love it.

  18. Amy says:

    Gorgeous! I love everything :)

    Where did you find the bench?

  19. Ellen says:

    I love checking in on what you guys are up to. One of the few blogs I follow that is still feeling fresh and inspirational! P.S. Are you painting the library?

  20. Amanda says:

    Looks great! I love the color combination.

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