I’ve wanted a floor-length mirror in my room for years and I had an idea of how I wanted it to look. A long time ago I saw a photo in a magazine of a mirror that was decorated with hardware to make it look like a door; that’s exactly what I wanted to do.
I love vintage hardware. For months I went to antique malls and hunted on ebay looking for just the right pieces for my project. I wasn’t able to find the door plate and hinges in the finish that would match the fireplace frame near by so settled for getting reproduction pieces. Still, I’m very happy with the result.
I found my pieces at House of Antique Hardware for reasonable prices. Here’s a closeup of the door plate and crystal knob. It would have been neat to install a lock in that keyhole but that would have made the project a lot more complicated.
The hinge can swing away from the door if I want to hang something off it, such as a hangar. I’m not sure if I’d ever do that, but I like that one portion is not fastened to the frame.
The mirror is an Ikea Mongstad mirror, though wouldn’t you know it, they don’t sell it in white anymore, only in brown. Luckily we had this mirror hanging in the entry way and moved it. I’ll replace the now empty spot with another mirror.
The Mongstad is just perfect for altering. I wonder if I can find a letter slot plate in brushed nickel. I might keep an eye out for that.
While my husband and I were putting this up, I had flashbacks to when I refinished my Ikea cabinet for the kitchen. I love how if you choose, you can make Ikea furniture into something that uniquely fits your living space.