I have the decorating bug. And my job of decorating is just about to start. A few electrical things need wrapped up, and the house is officially done with contractors. Because I have so many ideas for our home, it will never be DONE. We want to add different wall treatments, including wallpaper, possibly brick on a wall in the kitchen, bead board, etc. It will add so much texture. Those projects will be all after we move in and get settled. This range hood is a focal point in our kitchen. And, I wanted something really cool to hang underneath it. My first thought was this mirror that I found on one of our antique shopping adventures. I shared this idea over on our Instagram stories and it was very controversial for various reasons. But, I have had some type of antique mirror above our stove in the last several homes. And I actually love the way it looks.
I am one who follows NO RULES when decorating. I don’t care about trends and I certainly don’t care what everyone else is doing in their home decor. Home decor is a personal thing… just like fashion. So I do what I want. I do what I think looks good, no matter how wild it is. I always say that we are EXTRA. And, I love being that way.
I saw this antique mirror setting in the cottage and realized it was the PERFECT height. I believe it was off of an old buffet so it was a bit long for this space. But, there was a lot of room to trim it down. Deb did that for me and sanded off the old finish, leaving the raw oak wood. I plan on applying a water based sealer to the wood to protect it. The old beveled mirror is just beautiful… along with the beaded trim. I actually had no plans for this mirror as it was a treasure I found this past summer. But I knew I would find a place for it.
I received all kinds of comments when I briefly mentioned this idea over on our Instagram stories.
“YES… that will look beautiful.”
“This will start a new trend.”
“You must never cook a meal in your home.”
“You obviously have a housecleaner, because I would hate to clean that.”
“How are you going to keep that clean?”
“It’s really good feng shui to have a mirror reflecting the burners.”
A popular feng shui adjustment is to reflect your stove burners with a mirror. Your stove represents wealth, so visually and energetically doubling your burners can also double your opportunities for wealth.
We have had a mirror above our stove in the last several homes, including the house on Winchester and here in the cottage. And, I never had any issues whatsoever keeping it clean.
We eat out a total of about 6 times a year. Therefore, we cook every single meal here at our home. No matter what you have behind your stove, it will need cleaned. We don’t deep fry anything… and we use very little oil when we cook. So, in all of the years I have been living with a mirror behind my stove, I have never worried about the grease.
We do have a housecleaner come in once a month to do a full cleaning of our home. And, there is never grease splattered all over our mirror. I don’t know, maybe we are cleaner cooks than some people.
Again.. do what you want in your own home. You are the one who gets to look at it every day. Are you TEAM MIRROR? Or are you HARD NO?