Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Knock off Ballard Garden District Mirrors from...Goodwill!!!

I swear sometimes I think things are just sitting at the thrift store waiting for me to come pick them up!  I have had in my mind for a while now that I wanted to do a knock-off version of Ballard's Garden District Mirrors. 

Garden District Mirrors


I thought I could get a few of those closet door mirrors and jazz them up with some bronze-colored vinyl to look like the metal embellishment on the mirrors.  Looks like I won't have to go that route.  Just sitting on the shelf at Goodwill, waiting for me to find them were these:



I mean, I couldn't believe it.  I saw the first one, and then noticed another behind it. And then, could it be? A third one to match?  And for how much?  3 bucks a piece???  Needless to say, I was more than a little excited to get these babies home and get to work!

First, I removed the mirrors from the frames.  The metal scrolly pieces were screwed in with tiny screws.  They popped right out.




I sanded down the frames and applied several coats of Heirloom white.



Once they were dry, I took a sanding block (left over from the sheetrock nightmare) and lightly sanded the edges to give them a distressed look.




Here is the final product:








Ballard's version: $300 
My version: $10


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44 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great find and upcycle!!

    www.youngnester.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh man! Those are SO pretty! What an awesome find! I have to admit I'm a little jealous. My goodwill stinks, both merchandise quality and the smell of the store. It is 99% clothes, have never found a thing. But good for you!

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  3. WOW YOU WERE SO LUCK TO HAVE FOUND THESE . IM JEALOUS.
    LOVE THEM

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  4. Great job! How amazing that they were just what you wanted and you were able to replicate the Ballard ones for $10! They look super. I'm your linky neighbor over at Twice Owned Tuesday. I hope you'll stop by and say 'hello'.
    Lynn

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  5. my, oh my, oh my! makes me want to go on a treasure hunt myself! and THANK you for picturing the spray paint. i always wondered what the heirloom white was...thanks!

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  6. WOW! What an amazing find! They look beautiful!

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  7. What a great idea. I love the price difference.

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  8. You struck paydirt! That is just amazing finding those! I did a knockoff of the antique silverware molds in their catalog. Gotta love their stuff!

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  9. What a great find! Love how you made them your own and saw the vision!

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  10. These are so great...my husband was even impressed :) Good job!

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  11. Shut. UP! WOW!! I can't believe you stumbled upon something so completely perfect! I have been dreaming of a homemade version of those mirrors, but certainly expected some work involved. Those were almost perfect right out of the gate! And I can't believe the price. Unbelievable! Love it!

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  12. I am completely jealous right now! LOVE these mirrors. Great work! You are a lucky girl.

    Visiting from Chic on a Shoestring

    http://prudentlypaintedvintage.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my goodness! Lucky you, I can't believe you found these at such a great price. You did a wonderful job.

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  14. Wow, you hit the jackpot, they look great!

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  15. Aaaack! What a find! they turned out great too!

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  16. Oh Em Geee! Are you kidding me?! What an AWESOME find and FABTABULOUS makeover! I'm green with envy. We have a goodwill nearby that gets all the clearance return/open box decore from Eddie Bauer, Target and Ethan Allen! I am forever scouring the shelves for things like this. I would be delighted to have you share this at my VIP party today =)
    http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/guess-what-were-back-online-for-weekly.html

    Sommer @ Designer Garden

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  17. The mirrors look so great! I love those mirrors from Ballard, but I too can't bring myself to shell out for them. Great thrifstore finds! Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower

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  18. You hit the jackpot here! This Ballard Follower is SO JEALOUS! GORGEOUS!

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  19. they look awesome very classy and clean what a gorgeous look

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  20. Caught your link from Chic on a Shoestring...these are amazing, what a great find!

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  21. What a find! I like your paint job, they look great!

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  22. I am so jealous, I want these. What a great find. What an even better vision you had. They turned out great.

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  23. You've used my favorite words in one post, Amy ~ Ballard Designs and Heirloom White! : ) These turned out fabulous! What luck finding three {and not broken}. Good for you and you did a great job!

    visiting from Weekend Wrap Up.

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  24. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! Those are so lovely!! good job! our goodwill never has anything this good...
    come see me, please,

    www.paintedfresh.blogspot.com

    Donna

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  25. These look amazing. What a great fine! I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow back!

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  26. These look great. I've admired the Ballard ones for awhile!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  27. Awesome knock-off!!! You do good work, girl. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  28. amazing after! good eye to spot those and their potential!

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  29. I absolutely LOVE the mirrors. What a great find!!

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  30. P
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    What a blessing to find 3 of them!
    I call those "hugs from God"!
    They are stunning!
    I know you are excited to have them!
    HUGS from South Carolina!
    ~me

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  31. Yours are prettier than the Ballard ones!

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  32. Holy Cow - what a great find. Love those mirrors!! Great project for a great price too. Can't beat that.

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  33. You are SO lucky! I love how these turned out! I featured these on a few of my favorite tutorials for the week here: http://modernwivelyhood.blogspot.com/2011/03/few-of-my-favorite-tutorials.html
    Have a great week and thanks for sharing!

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  34. You are sooo lucky!!! I love this and have been wanting those mirrors too! They look awesome!

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  35. Oh my gosh! You can find some bargains girl! I find nothing at GoodWill. I love your design estethic:)

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  36. OMG!!! I so wanted those mirrors! What a lucky duck you are-and what great vision you had! They turned out fantastic!

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  37. Wow, that's hard to believe you got those mirrors with the scrollwork on it for only $3 each. Nice going. They turned out gorgeous.

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  38. Wow! I am so jealous that you came across those! They turned out wonderful!!

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  39. You scored at my fav bargain store!!Beautiful job-love it!!

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  40. Came over from the Knockoff Decor blog. Love your new mirrors! So lucky to find these for $3! Your Goodwill needs to teach ours how to price things...ours is always overpriced these days!

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  41. I am so excited that I bumped into this! I have those mirrors! Well I have 2 of them anyway! I bought them from LTD commodities catalog about 7 years ago. I am SO going to try this DIY project....I love how they turned out! :)

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  42. Awesome!!Ain't Goodwill grand?!I absolutely love what you did with these by placing them together in a group!

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