The first time we took a tour of what is now our house, it was unoccupied. The former owners paid to have it staged with furniture that was not so much our taste. Of course we knew we weren’t buying the furniture, so it didn’t really matter.
The deal was done and we signed our lives away on many, many dotted lines, and the house was finally ours! We of course went right over to the house. Walking up to the door, I looked through the big front windows to see that all of the staged furniture had been removed. Well, almost all of it.
On the stone wall above the fireplace, there still hung a very large gilded gold mirror. Of course my first reaction was to freak out.
“John, oh my god, we didn’t look behind that mirror, and it’s still there! What if there is a giant hole back there! We just bought a house with a giant hole in it!”
John quickly told me that I was being ridiculous(which I was) and that it was going to be fine. Once we got into the house, we pulled the mirror off the wall and I breathed a sigh of relief that there was no hole back there. The former owners actually decided to leave it there for us as a gift. Like I said, this mirror is not our taste, but we left it there for lack of anything else.
You may remember that we actually did replace it at one point with the Chinese Tray that later migrated to our bedroom. Since that time, the mirror has continued to live there above the fireplace. Well a funny thing happened, we actually started to like the mirror up there. The gold thing still really wasn’t our jam, so we thought that a trusty can of spray paint in a Red-Orange would add a funky and modern flavor to an antique looking piece.
We took the mirror outside on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and taped, primed and painted it red. As soon as we did it, we thought it was a mistake. Did we just make this kinda ugly mirror into a super ugly mirror? We figured that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, and that we would wait until we got it back up on the wall to make our official judgement.
The judgement? It’s ugly.
We decided to leave it up and see if it grew on us, the same way it had before. A week in, we still felt the same way. A month in, we realized that we like the mirror, just not the location. There is something about the wall texture with the ornate detail of the mirror that just doesn’t quite work. For now though, we have decided to leave it and let it do its job of providing a very needed burst of color in a neutral room.
Maybe after a year, we will like it. Maybe not.
Do you have anything in your house that you really want to like but you just don’t? Or maybe something you know know is ugly, but you love it anyway?