I’m deep in the middle of a basement bathroom makeover, and one of my discarded items was a mahogany (well, faux mahogany) mirror from above the sink.
The mirror came with the house and it was completely inoffensive and in perfect condition. Ten years ago, I would have bought it and loved it.
But it just didn’t fit with the urban farmhouse vibe I’ve been going for lately. It was too shiny, too dark, and just too … new-looking.
I’d been hunting for something to hang at the top of our basement staircase, mostly to distract from my less-than-perfect stenciling job the wall. I didn’t want anything too flashy, since the focal point is the gold-and-white wall that stores our cleaning tools. The mirror was fine, size-wise, but the finish needed some work.
If you’ve been in any home decor store lately, you’ve probably noticed a huge array of pieces with what’s called “the farmhouse finish.” It’s anything that has a grey-washed or white-washed look, like it’s been repainted decade after decade. Distressed, battered, sun-baked, chipped and even scraped up — that’s the look we’re paying a lot of money for, apparently.
I may not be able to replicate a stainless steel finish (although I’ve tried), but there’s no way I’m paying $40 for an accessory that looks like it should be going for 25 cents at a flea market.
Luckily, this look is really easy (and FREE) to copycat …