The Coordinating Mirror with the Dresser

“Back in the day” when you were purchasing a dresser for your bedroom, you pretty much opted to go with the

coordinating mirror. Here I go again, dating myself. So I did…Also, “back in the day”, Ethan Allen’s

selection of furniture finishes were pretty much, maple, cherry, mahogany, dark pine and a few painted pieces

that for the most part had stenciling. So, the coordinating mirror was always what you purchased with those

dressers. Now, I really want to replace that mirror, but at this point, I have a few more priorities set

before I invest in a new mirror.

This past summer I attended a garage sale in the neighborhood. When I got out of the car, there it was!..Waiting

for me, saying take me home!!..AND, the price was right…a whopping 15 dollars!!..Oh happy day!


The bird cage is about 4 feet tall…It comes apart in sections…I knew I wanted to paint it.

I had an epiphany..take the top 3 portions and place it on a table…Then another epiphany…To draw your eye

away from the “matchy, matchy, mirror over the dresser, instead of the flower arrangement I had there, I shall

place it on the dresser! And here it is:


I love the way it takes up the space and draws attention away from my matchy, matchy, mirror. I have always

admired the way Mary McDonald (of Million Dollar Decorators fame) utilizes beautiful bird cages in her decor.

I love her book…

So what say you?…Would love to hear your feedback…Have a wonderful day!!

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  1. The birdcage looks great in front of your mirror. It’s definitely a “scene stealer.” I love the white against the dark wood…one of my favorite looks.


  2. The white gives it a whole new look. I bet that was a pickle to paint. I hope you sprayed it and didn’t use a little artist’s brush. LOL It does the job perfectly, cause you still see the mirror but your eye goes to the birdcage. That was an awesome $15 “fix.”

  3. What a score and it looks great in front of your mirror! I love seeing the reflection of it. I used to have a huge birdcage and foolishly got rid of it years ago. Paid a fortune for it a Pier 1 and sold it at a yardsale for a song.

  4. What mirror? ; ) Wow, what a birdcage, Shirley! Talk about an impact piece! I love how you’ve used it and it is so great that it comes apart like that, so you can change it up every so often and get a totally new look.

    I know what you mean about the mirror and it’s funny you mention it. I just painted a dresser I got through Craig’s List and I had my hubby remove the mirror that goes with it for me. I’m going to use something a little bigger that will suit my bedroom wall better. The mirror that came with the dresser is great and I’ve seen it hanging alone in other blogger’s rooms, it just seems to small to me for the room. I’m going to see if my daughter can use it in my granddaughter’s room and it’s already white, which is a plus.

  5. What a great find!

  6. MariaElena says

    I am crazy about bird cages and I have to say this one is just gorgeous!
    I love it! It looks so pretty in white!

  7. Linda Miller says

    What a great disguise you created for your mirror. I have the same problem but don’t have your $15 find to disguise mine! I love that you painted it white and the reflection adds just the right touch. Good job! You’re always coming up with solutions for decorating dilemmas that inspire me.

  8. I just adore your birdcage~ so gorgeous!

  9. WOW!! That is huge but I LOVE it! I need one that size to go above our front door!

  10. Sorry Shirley…hope I didn’t scare you with my email….didnt know you left the www off! Anyway, LOVE the birdcage! It looks great 🙂

  11. OMG! I have a birdcage and now I want to do THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this, it looks so nice in front of your mirror! Do you mind if I copy you???? XO, Pinky

  12. Such a cool bird cage for only $15, I would have had to put the whole thing in my living room (even though I don’t have room!) Great idea to put it on the dresser. I’m visiting from the 2805 hop & LIKED your FB page.

  13. How clever is that idea! Wow, looks beautiful in the room and it probbably gives it a different feel in there. You’re a genius!

  14. Fabulous!

  15. So Jealous! What a fabulous find! XO Cindy

  16. Oh my…I LOVE that bird cage! If you ever tire from it just send it my way:D

  17. I love the birdcage and how it looks in white, and in front of your mirror, and yes, it fills the purpose perfectly, but I also love the way you started your story…blogging is so about story telling. You started by telling us about your mirror…I wondered how we were going to get to the bird cage…very nicely told! Thanks! ~Zuni

  18. I love it painted white.


  19. Now that is a birdcage! I really like it in white! Thank you for sharing to Potpourri Friday!

  20. Visiting from Coastal Charm party….

    Love the birdcage… I have a few in my dining room, but I hadn’t thought of painting them! Now I’ve got another “to do” to add to the list.

    Joining as a follower….

  21. love the birdcage and the lighter color looks fabublous on it. i LOVE it in front of the mirror!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous birdcage with us at WIW. I am a birdcage fanatic!!!
    It was such a stunner that we featured you this week. Come on by and grab a button.
    Big hugs,

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