I needed a full length mirror. I was in college, living in an old, ugly studio apartment. I found a full length mirror on the side of the road, next to the dumpster. I let the mirror lean against the wall for a few weeks, and discovered that I could not see my entire body. I couldn’t check out my complete outfit! Not a good way to start the morning. I did, however, like how the mirror was at a slant (it made me look skinny:), so decided against putting the mirror on the back of the closet door. How can I solve all of my full length mirror dilemmas on no budget?
This is when I discovered the Habitat Re-Store. They have them in most big cities all throughout the U.S. These places are great for inspiration. They always have something useful and awesome, it is a crafters heaven! The store always has tile, chandeliers, doors, windows, shutters, wall paper, paint…I think they usually get their stock donated from building projects that had leftover supplies.
I found an all wood, door for $5.00. F.Y.I–A lot of doors are hollow, for this project it really doesn’t matter– I painted the entire door blue and the frame of the mirror. Next, I bought double sided sticky tape, and attached the door to the mirror. This is a great “vanity” for people living in small spaces and for people who don’t mind sitting on the floor.
Psst… Check this post out for more of my thrifty, modern college apartment!
Comments & Reviews
great idea. And I love sitting on the floor to get ready.
Maite - vitoma says
Enhorabuena por tu blog, no tiene desperdicio, me ha encantado.
Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic says
Great solution! It looks perfect.
Andy Porter says
It looks great! I love the blue! Thanks for linking to Creative Cats!
That looks great! Thanks for linking up to check me out saturday http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com
What a wonderful idea and also I'll look for the stores in my area also..
thanks for the info!
Craft Envy says
I LOVE this! You are sooo clever! Do you want to come over to my house and give me great ideas? Please? Thanks for linking up to Saturday Spotlights! 🙂
This is so cool. I love the color!
I'm hosting a blog party right now and I'd love it if you stopped by and linked up. Hope to see you at Saturday is Crafty Day!
[email protected] The Picket Fence says
I love the name of your blog and this mirror. Thanks so much for linking up–I am off to explore your blog more!
Thank you for the resources! If you know of more please, let me know! I will do a blog entry about it!
Hi! I just wanted to add some resources for folks looking for their local thrift stores for building materials.
In addition to the Restores (listed at http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx), you can also find home improvement reuse centers run by other nonprofits at these two websites:
2) http://bmra.org/listings/browse-by-state (BMRA stands for the Building Materials Reuse Association, the trade group for stores like ours)
–Ruthie from Community Forklift (the DC area's thrift store for home improvement, operated by Sustainable Community Initiatives)