A mirror on the front door is a shiny alternative to a wreath

A mirror on the front door is a shiny alternative to a wreath

I'm all about wreaths on our front door, but when I took down my festive Valentine's Day wreath, I just couldn't get inspired to make or find another.

Nearby, a mirror I got from my grandma's basement was hanging on the wall next to the front door. It was too big for the space, though, partially covering the living room light switch. (We'd hoped to use it in our wall of mirrors in the hallway, but it stuck out too much.)

Blog PhotoSo, the other night, I decided to see if it would work on our front door. It has two hooks that stick out, but it's just thin enough to fit between the regular and storm door. I think it does a good job of brightening the door at a time of year that everything seems kind of drab. (By the way, I did scrub the mirror down after bringing it home. It's a little rustic.)

By the way, I have some ideas brewing for our front door. I've been wanting to paint it for a while, but have been struggling to find the perfect color. But we're going to have to do some real work on our front porch soon (construction to remove rotted boards), rather than the cosmetic things we've done in the past.

I'm thinking this might be a good opportunity to change up our accent colors, and I'm thinking a nice green or deep tan would be kind of fun and more dignified than the blazing red we have now.

As for our front-door chalkboard, it's now hanging on the spot near the door where the mirror had been, featuring a quote I like. I'm sure it will be back out front as soon as it's springy enough to bring out another wreath.

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Sandy wrote on February 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It's an interesting idea, but I think there are two potential pitfalls to consider. One is that birds fly into mirrors, so your wreath replacement could lead to your coming home to find corpses on your doorstep.  The second concern is how the mirror will reflect the sun. The old boy scout trick of starting fires with mirrors is the first hint of the problem that could arise, depending on the location of the mirror and the amount of sun it reflects (which could also blind guests).

Meg Dickinson wrote on February 27, 2012 at 8:02 am
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Ah, bird corpses. Never a good thing.

We have an enclosed front porch. This door leads from the porch to inside the house, so the mirror isn't exposed to the outside environment or direct sunlight. If I come home to dead birds inside the porch, we have a MUCH bigger problem.