Antique Hardware and a New Mirror

After we repainted the master bedroom the old mirrors above the bureau didn’t seem to fit in or match. The gold I had painted the square target frames I picked up inexpensively wasn’t quite right and honestly I was looking for something a little more sophisticated this time around.  I found a really nice oval mirror on Joss and Main for about $100.  It has a thick silver border and hangs from a brown leather belt that matches width, about 2-3″ wide. I thought the belt was a nice nod to “dressing” which certainly happens to occur in this room.

Mirror

Mirror

The mirror can hang independently, which is great since I wouldn’t want to rely on the belt alone. I wanted to give the impression that the belt was hanging off an antique doorknob, due to it’s thickness, and that’s when I got to do a little craft. I have a couple of antique doors in the basement that I have ideas for and they came with all sorts of antique hardware including one with a white porcelain knob.  Old knobs are traditionally a mortise lock set so are hollow in the back. In order to attach the knob to the wall, I’d have to add a screw of sorts to add it to the drywall and fill the hollow area with resin to hold the screw. It’s hard to describe, but maybe the pictures will show what I mean.

Antique door knob hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I bought a general craft resin off of Amazon and hope I can think of more projects to do with it – I have a ton left over!  To avoid the resin leaking out of the screw holes on the side of the knob,  I wrapped the metal base in scotch tape to cover the openings. Antique door knob hanger

I then followed the instructions on the package and mixed equal parts of both the Resin and the Hardener in a disposable cup.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I filled the hollow portion of the knob, inserted the screw for the anchor and let it set up for 24+ hours making sure the screw was setting up vertically and not angled to the side in any way.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Once it was set up I glued the back plate on with gorilla glue and allowed that to set.  That was a personal preference for sure. I thought the back plate would look nice and add some visual weight behind the knob on the wall.  We worked together to find a comfortable hanging height and up it went.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

The oval shape is a great to accommodate the height differences of Jake and myself. It’s nice that I can choose earrings but Jake and can still take a peek at himself after getting ready. It also really compliments the feel of the room being a bit more sophisticated and understated, but unique enough to feel collected and thoughtful.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

It’s nice making these small updates to our master bedroom slowly now that I finally feel more comfortable with the color and feeling of the space. We’ve added some art pieces from Minted that give us the feeling of some memorable vacations and make our environment feel really personal.

Admittedly we’re moving slowly with the spaces we’re working on now, but more conscientiously if that makes sense at all. I have no regrets about it. Taking our time to fill walls with art, choose paint colors, pick furniture and even lay the flooring in the mudroom is allowing us time to digest each decision and not just rush to completion.  I think the stumbling along the way (like with Drizzle) are good learning experiences and allow us to accept this slow-down with ease.  You have to make some sour lemonade now and again to figure out the perfect balance of sour and sweet. We’re 5 years into this house and still learning along the way…that’s the fun of it, right?

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Our Mudroom Closet Fit-out

One of the priorities in planning the mudroom was to add in storage for both golf equipment and hockey things. “Adult toys”, if you will. This closet is so large and it’s location in the front room right when you walk in to the house is just perfect for these needs.

Mudroom

After we had the room demoed, lighting changed around and the new drywall put up I set my sights on planning some closet storage that would really work for us.

Mudroom

Full disclaimer and no judgement here, but my husband really likes his golf shoes. A lot.  They all actually do get worn and he’s a bargain hunter at heart, so no complaints here. He may play more in a year than some people even do in a life-time and we all have our thing. #powertools. I mention it because since this was going to be a custom fit-out closet, I might as well make the shoes fit (hardy har-har)! So I did. :-)

Footjoy Shelf

The first thing I did was level the ledge that ran across the back and deepened it for the shoes. It was about 1″ off from end to end so I cut some shims to fit before adding a new wood top to make this ledge about 14″ deep.

Closet Shelf

Closet Shelf 2

On the left side of the closet, I purchased two unfinished wood wall cabinets from Lowes. I can’t seem to find them online anymore right now, but they were $88.66 each.

Lowes Order

Wood Cabinets

I took the doors off to install and stacked one over each, securing them to the studs so we could have some closed door storage. I really wanted to be sure that if ever someone were to grab a door or shelf and lean on this unit to access something they wouldn’t budge. I feel very confident they’re not going anywhere. These will be great for things like small tools, car-cleanings fixings and miscellaneous sports things that don’t need to be out. Each cabinet is 12″ deep and 30″ wide/tall giving us an additional 5-feet of storage on top of the ledge. That’s very tall obviously, but will be great for storing those little used and seasonal items way up high.

Cabinet 1

Cabinet 2

On the right side, I added 1×2 supports off the cabinets, side and the rear walls for the shelves. The shelving boards were left over boards I kept from the pantry makeover a few years ago and that saved some dollars.  I did my measurements and planning to finish each front edge with a 1×3 to add a beefier shelf look and create a more finished edge.

Shelves 1

Shelves 2

Jacob’s shoe boxes will fit perfectly on the first and (half of, Jacob) second shelf. We can use the top shelf for my tall riding-type boots and winter boots in the off season and I’m excited to have a place to store them upright so they maintain their shape. Birdie was so anxious to see what all the fuss was about, as usual.

Birdie Shelf

To finish it up, I need to caulk, sand then prime/paint everything white-at least that’s the plan so far. I also need to add supports in there for hanging hockey attire to dry so I’m holding off until we finalize our ideas for that. I really want it to be quick and easy for after those late night games, but also keep things tidy and neat for both our sake. When it’s loaded up it just might bring a tear to Jacob’s eye.

Footjoy Shelves 1

Footjoy Shelves 2

I love how it turned out already and am pretty proud of myself if you don’t mind me saying so! I can’t believe the amount of storage it’s adding in such a small space. The two cabinets came to around $177 and I spent maybe $25 on wood for the shelves and cabinet hanging screws so for around $200 this is pretty great. Any mudroom or storage updates going on in your neck of the woods? Any tips for hockey storage? Pinterest is light on inspiration…

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Life After Downton Abbey

If you’re anything like me than you really loved watching Downton Abbey! I mean, who didn’t?? I so enjoyed the visits and glimpses of history as much as the sharp wit and humor of the Dowager. Julian Fellowes really did an amazing job writing such a beloved show and making you love or hate each character.  But what do we do now that Lady Edith has found happiness and Mary has somewhat come to grips with her as a sister??

Maybe it’s old news, but I wanted to tell you that Amazon Prime has another show by Julian Fellowes that he’s written in the spirit of Downton. It’s called Doctor Thorne and is free to watch with a Prime membership. There are only four episodes so it’s not as big a commitment as Downton, but they were really well done. Here’s the trailer from Amazon:

I really liked the writing and am found myself favoring characters straightaway. Julian has a little chat with the viewer before and after the episode and it’s so interesting to hear from the creator’s perspective! A little taste of Downton again! If you watch or have watched it, let me know what you think!

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