Cottage-Inspired Mirror with Shelf from Thrifty Finds

Hello Friends! Today I’m sharing a great upcycle from two items I found recently.

First I found this simple shelf at a thrift store:


I loved the chunkiness of it and figured for $6 I’d be able to do something with it.

Then not long after that, I found this mirror:


For ONE WHOLE DOLLAR at a yard sale. Yes, I’ll have that, thank you!

When I was playing around in my workshop/studio…okay the garage…I spotted these two getting cozy in a corner and had an idea to marry the two.

And this was created:

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

The waves in the mirror frame seemed very dated before, but after painting, I find them to be very charming.

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

The Eagle ornament at the top also dated this piece, but I swapped it out for an old lamp finial.

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

Much better! I’m always glad I save those parts! (I saved the eagle too…just in case.)

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.


This is in my bedroom, which I don’t share too often.  I thought it would be pretty against the soft blue in here.

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.


Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

I used DIY chalk paint (no sanding or priming required) in pure white with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.


Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

I connected the two using these angled brackets I already had. I would have used straight brackets if I didn’t already have these on hand:


I was sitting on the bottom step of my staircase to take that picture and who always shows up the minute I sit down?


My sweet Kitty, Holly. Hard to believe I’ve had her for almost 19 years! And isn’t she sitting on the prettiest hardwood floors you ever did see? I’ll be sharing a post about them next week. If nothing else, it will be fun to see my house in TOTAL CHAOS during the install!

This little duo is perfect for this month’s Get Your DIY On theme:


Here’s what my co-hosts came up with:


 Rustic-Chic Coffee Table Makeover by April at House by Hoff

Kitchen Reno Plans by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog

Light & White Writing Nook by Mandy at The Hankful House

DIY White Linen Blackout Drapery with Grommet Top by Krista at The Happy Housie

Cottage Inspired Shelf with Mirror by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer


The party fun starts this Sunday, July 5th, at 7:00pm EST.

Bloggers, come share your white and light projects, so we can inspire our readers!

 I love how two ho-hum dated pieces came together to create this quaint little shelf and mirror combo! And for only $7!

Shelf and mirror combo from yard sale parts.

I’ll be keeping my eyes out see what else I can put together now. 🙂

Are you doing anything exciting this holiday weekend? We are heading away from our beach to another up the coast about two hours.  Hopefully the forcasted rain will move through early! I hope all you friends in the U.S. have a safe and FUN 4th of July weekend!



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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    Lovely mirror and what a great make-over. Both the mirror and shelf go so well together.
    I like the way you used the ‘L’ brackets in connecting the mirror to the shelf. Clever idea.

  2. Super cute Christy¡¡ you make very easy the updating of everything…I love it.
    Anyway, you can denie that the star of this post is HOLLY… it seems to be very young so sweet ¡¡… Happy 4th July¡¡

  3. Christina says

    Christy, this re-do is fab! I love the finish and the finial. 🙂 Gotta love saving pieces and parts. I adore the white. Speaking of adoring, Holly is also gorgeous! Who could ignore such cuteness and talent!
    thanks for having a superior blog!!!

  4. Sue Farmer says

    Wow Christy another great project!!! I love the color and how you put them together. You inspire me!! Happy 4th xoxo

  5. You were so smart to combine the two of these into one piece. I’m glad that you showed us the back so that I could see how you combined these.

  6. Linda Petersen says

    So pretty! I love Cottage style so the mirror is just perfect. Holly is a beautiful cat:).

  7. That is very original and very beautiful! I too and a sucker for a repurpose, and I always want to save old things. Way to go! Keep the landfills empty!

  8. Only you could marry those two pieces together so beautifully – they look like they were always a pair! What an adorable kitty – she looks more like a little kitten than a 19 year old. My feline child Rexy always photo bombs my shots too.

  9. Very nice, the shelf and mirror go well together!


  10. Lanette Adams says

    I’m sure this question has been asked over and over but where do you purchase Annie Sloan wax and chalk paint?

  11. Wow! this is inspiring stuff! Great job and the final on the mirror gives it the final touch. I love it!

    Great Blog. I always look forward to your e-mails 🙂

  12. As expected, great job! Really the two pieces must have been separated at birth. The pairing is just perfect. And that sweet kitty! 19 years old? Wow! ~Julie

  13. Totally love this shabby cottage transformation Christy. This duo were definitely made for each other. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week… I’m pinning this fabulous project!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  14. What did you put on the back of the mirror to finish it off? I often have to cover the backs of frames and have used burlap before but would like to use something else. Thanks!!
    Love the kitty! She’s precious. I would love to have a kitty but we are all allergic.

    • Hi Kim! I used to use brown craft paper, but one day I found a roll of brown craft paper with black polka dots on it at TJ Maxx. It was supposed to be wrapping paper, but was still a bit thick like craft paper, and much cuter for covering the backs of things. I recently found a really pretty roll at Hobby Lobby with a black damask print on it! My kitty is a sweetie. 🙂