Tuesday, May 8, 2012

mirror mirror in the garden...


When I was searching for ideas on Pinterest working on my potting bench today,
I noticed this amazing bench and the mirror above it!
Which now has me thinking about the space above mine.
Also, wouldn't a lamp create a pretty atmosphere outside?
(At the end of the post I share another diy gone bad my outdoor lighting idea!)

potterybarn.com

That mirror led me down this path...

apartmenttherapy.com
commonweeder.com
all4gardening.co.uk 
acultivatednest.com

 dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com
seedorama.com



So, you're probably wondering about my lighting idea...
remember back in October I scored this at a church sale for $10.



It was too large for any space, and then I thought of my back porch today...


I turned off the electricity, took the other light down, hooked up the wires,
turned the electricity back on to be sure it worked, see that bright bulb, yes!  :)
Good to go.

Ta Da!


Mr. Simple came home and said, "That's not an outdoor light, water will get in there!"

I debated if I should share this for fear my readers will start dropping like flies!
Back to sanding the potting bench (and putting the old light back)!



22 comments:

Tracey Steele said...

Lol, he's right, but it is a pity, because it looks good there.
I particularly like the mirror that looks like a large window.

design elements said...

beautiful little place!

Stephanie said...

Dang those husbands always raining on our parades with their common sense! Loved those mirrors outdoors, so cool.

SHERRY HART said...

Yeah.....but it looks good :). Dang it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

bummer about the light! it does look good though.... do you need it as a light could you put candles in it? probably i am stretching...
also i love the look of mirrors in gardens! just have ot make sure it isn't anywhere the sun will hit because i don't want to blind my neighbors!

Dana Frieling said...

I'm just impressed that you knew how to switch it out and do the electrical work yourself. You go girl!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Like Dana, I am impressed you switched that light out with no problems...one thing I have yet to do! And I bought a light on sale Monday which will need some electrical help...to the garage it goes until I have time for that!! :)

Cathy Wall said...

Man did Mr. Simple ever rain on your parade! But he's right... too bad because I was so impressed that you installed that light all by yourself! And now that you have to re-install the old light you are going to be really good at it!!!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Aww man, it looks so pretty too! I am very impressed that you changed out that light fixture solo - it's so cumbersome isn't it? I am not surprised though - you are a go-getter Pam! So where is it going to end up?

Lori said...

Wow! I'm impressed with your electrical skills and those photos are so pretty. You've inspired me to get my deck "decked out."

Jill Elaine said...

hey I'm impressed that you could wire in the new light yourself!! You could take the wiring out and use it as a candle chandi in your garden somewhere!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

.... well you can't blame a girl for trying! Love the idea of a mirror in the garden..... so interesting and pretty!

Gretchen said...

I'm laughing like crazy because Mr. Bird Nest would say the same thing. I think you should be congratulated on doing it alone. I'd probably electrocute myself. The mirror is a great idea though.

Gretchen

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Rats! I love unique things like that in unexpected places. Good idea, anyway! You could totally take the wiring out and use it with candles...The mirror plan is terrific, keep working away, ready to see that space!

Nancy said...

oh man, but it looks too good to take down! Darn. I love it.
I am obsessed with mirrors, but never thought of one outside til I saw a Novogratz show where they did that... really cool.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Leslie said...

So impressed as I'm not electrically-inclined. Beautiful mirrors!

(my husband is the same way :)

Holly said...

Impressed that you can install electrical - that is really good. Electrical scares the heck out of me. So points for your effort!!

Lauren -aCommonersCastle said...

What a bummer!! It looks amazing there! I love the idea of using a fancy mirror in the garden. Just gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do

Chavone said...

THAT may be my next quick project. Since I sanded and repainted my bench in your honor, then bought a couple pillows that I tied on with ribbons, I may need a monogrammed burlap (got it) out there too!! Need to figure out the inside so it can stay outside! As always, THANKS!!

Allison Shallenberger said...

“Also, wouldn't a lamp create a pretty atmosphere outside?”—Actually, light fixtures can add aesthetics to your home, especially during night time. It can bring coziness on your abode, which can set a relaxing mood.

#Allison@OutDoorLights.com

Fran Caldwell said...

Birds have no idea what a mirror is. They fly into them and it can be fatal. Go online for more about this. It's bad enough that our high-rise buildings are the worst, but to introduce this into a sweet garden is irresponsible.

pam {simple details} said...

You're right, Fran, I hadn't even thought of birds flying into them. Thanks for letting me know.

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