Mirrors! Fancy, ornate, large, gold leaf, scrolly, carved antique mirrors? YES PLEASE! Bring me all of the gorgeous mirrors! Would you like to incorporate more mirrors in your home? If so, come see how to use vintage mirrors in your home decor!
One might think by the number of mirrors in our house, that I love looking at myself. Not true, since I’m my own worst critic! But I do love ornate mirrors in all shapes and sizes. Typically I lean towards gold leaf mirrors, but any color frame can be beautiful as long as YOU love it! My favorite source for beautiful mirrors is of course antique stores and consignment shops. Also, I’ve found quite a few of my favorites on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. Simply look for “large ornate mirrors” in your search bar and you’ll be amazed at what pops up! Here are a few of my favorite finds!
This round vintage mirror was purchased on Facebook Marketplace. The piece is quite heavy since the mirror itself is thick and the frame made of carved wood. I have the mirror in our foyer on the right side of the front door. To me there’s something special about a round mirror! When shopping for mirrors and frames, I always prefer ones made of real wood versus a composite or resin.
It’s difficult to get a good straight on shot of this mirror because of the angles of the entry way. But I found this mirror on FB Marketplace as well and thought it would be a pretty counterpart to the round mirror on the opposite side of the front door.
This is a better view. I love the carved details and I further enhanced them with a little Rub ‘n Buff in gold leaf. I also like to look for beveled mirrors because it usually indicates a higher quality mirror and looks high-end.
This beauty was purchased at a consignment shop right before we moved from Pennsylvania. It was more than I usually like to spend, but it was love at first sight! The mirror and ornate frame were in great shape, justifying the price in my mind.
This mirror replaces the tri-fold cherry mirror that came with the dresser in our master bedroom. I decided I liked the look of this one better and it beautifully reflects my favorite chandelier! (The trick-fold mirror currently resides safely folded underneath our bed.)
Over the fireplace at our lake house was the perfect spot for this vintage mirror. It has a few scratches on the glass, but I think it adds to its charm. I recently added a chandelier in this spot just because there is a plug over the mantle and I felt like it was meant to be! And what could be a better combination than a beautiful mirror that reflects a beautiful chandelier? It’s hard to think of one!
Here’s a close up of the gorgeous details on the mirror. They sure don’t make them like they used to!
Also at the lake house is this vintage oval mirror. It’s missing a little of it’s carvings, but I still love it. I also love the touch of gold it adds to this old bathroom!
And last but not least, is this show stopper! I’ve been helping my sweet brother and sister-in-law update their beautiful 18 year old home and while I was out shopping recently spied this gorgeous mirror. And it was a STEAL! So, I snapped a picture and sent it to my sister-in-law to see if she wanted it? Of course she did! I grabbed the tag and practically ran to the check-out counter.. It took up the entire back end of my little SUV!
This mirror is heavy, but my SIL and I were still able to hang it in her beautiful dining room. Isn’t it stunning? The mirror is quite the statement piece and is the first thing you see when you walk into their home. (Honestly, I was tempted to keep it for myself, but I didn’t have a place for it. Plus, I knew it would look gorgeous in their home!)
To me, half of the fun of shopping for vintage pieces is the thrill of the hunt. Most of these mirrors are pretty old, and by purchasing them, we are preserving them for another generation. I feel sure we will pass these vintage treasures down to our children, who will hopefully love them as well as we do!
When you mix vintage pieces with modern, it gives your home a one-of-a-kind look that you just don’t see everywhere. So, my tip for looking for vintage mirrors is simple. If you see something that speaks to you, and you can afford it, buy it. You won’t regret it!
So, tell me, do you love antiques and vintage pieces as much as I? If so, what is your favorite find or treasure? Maybe it’s a family heirloom? I’d love to hear all about it! Thank you as always for stopping by! I hope you have a lovely day! xo Dell