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Going overboard for a Port Hole Mirror

If you follow the DIY Playbook on Instagram, you saw this picture I posted a few weeks ago.
This FREE treasure was abandoned by its previous owner and left for garbage. But when I laid my eyes on this nautical inspired port-hole mirror that was headed for the trash, I was head over heels in love. I knew I needed to save it from its uncertain future. 
Nautical Porthole Mirror

1. First and foremost, I love the nautical feel of this mirror. You know the DIY Playbook can’t say no to nautical and this port hole inspired mirror was no different.

2. I love the “domed” mirror look. It’s different. It’s unique. And its reflection looks completely different than a regular mirror. The convex curve reflects the entire room…not just what’s directly in front of it.

3. I love that this mirror was made in the 1950’s. (this is engraved on the back). Thinking back on the eventful life that this mirror has had so far is fascinating. How many homes has it been in? Where did it come from? Where was it hanging before?

4. I love that the convex mirror was FREE! Through a little internet research, I saw a very similar mirror selling on etsy for over $60! #score

5. I don’t love the eagle. It’s not that it’s not fabulously federal and completely patriotic, but it just isn’t the look I’m going for. 

With a screw driver, a hammer, and a little coaxing…the eagle was gone.

There were a few nails that were left, but with a little more coaxing, the nails were history… literally.

How amazing is this port hole mirror now? Swoooooning…..

 With a little a lot of painter’s tape…

… and two coats of some sterling silver spray paint, my trash to treasure $7 makeover was complete! Allow me to introduce the convex mirror that has officially stolen my heart.
But now for the best part:
Adding this port-hole mirror to our home!
Porthole Mirror Silver Nautical Convex
My new mirror is everything I had hoped it would be and more. And the best part?
Before and After Nautical Porthole Mirror
This entire thing cost me around seven bucks. Woo woo! So next time you come across a mirror with a huge eagle on it or any other random piece of trash, remember that old saying.. “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Because in cases of DIY, you can paint, re-paint, rewrite, tear out pages, sketch or add a trendy bookmark to make that book exactly what you were looking for. 
Any trash to treasures in progress out there? Spill your beans!!
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6 thoughts on “Going overboard for a Port Hole Mirror

  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Clearly I am in love with this! Nautical steals my heart…every. single. time.
    Awesome 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks!! Casey actually just saw this exact mirror at a local vintage shop, so you never know… maybe you’ll find your very own port-hole.

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6 thoughts on “Going overboard for a Port Hole Mirror

  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Clearly I am in love with this! Nautical steals my heart…every. single. time.
    Awesome 🙂

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks!! Casey actually just saw this exact mirror at a local vintage shop, so you never know… maybe you’ll find your very own port-hole.

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Nautical Home Decor

I’m a Midwest girl at heart. I’ve called Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and now Missouri home. I guess the middle of America is just where I belong…
So it may seem strange that I have this fascination with nautical decor. Essentially anything that reminds me of the ocean, sailing, or being out on the water makes me giddy! That Cape Cod coastal feel is just something I absolutely want to incorporate into my home…even though I may actually live pretty dang far from Cape Cod!
Nautical Collage Globe Anchors
I think my love for all things nautical happened when I started my first news job. You know anchor…news anchor. Get it?!
Anchor and news anchor graphic
When I was promoted from a reporter to an anchor, my brother gave me a gold necklace with a little anchor on it (such a nice & thoughtful brother right? He’s single btw…)
Favorite Necklace Text anchor gold necklace
To this day, I still wear that necklace all the time. It brings a little bit of my old job (and my nautical love) with me wherever I go!
Anyways enough jewelry talk, back to the HOME DECOR. 
Boy holding captain's wheel
If you follow us on Instagram (@diyplaybook) you may have seen this gem of a pic awhile back. Look at that studly sailor! Ow ow!
The captain and I picked up this wheel at a resale shop for $25. I have no idea why there was a ship’s wheel in the shop…I just knew it had to be mine!
Captain's Wheel

This bad boy quickly found a home atop one of our bookcases.

Wooden Ship Steering Wheel
The best part was the wheel needed no TLC at all. It was in such great condition that I just dusted it and put it on display right away. 
Besides the wheel, I’ve also accumulated a few more anchors and I’ve attempted to incorporate them seamlessly into our home decor. 
Bookshelf with books and anchor
This anchor adds a bit of depth to the bookshelf and breaks up the other decor. 
Anchor decor on bookshelf
I have one more anchor that I’ve incorporated into our home decor. It may look like I’m an anchor hoarder (or anchor collector? Collector sounds less crazy for some reason) But I promise this is the last one. 
This heavy white one sits atop our vintage Coca-Cola tin. Kinda like a huge, heavy paperweight. You remember what’s in the tin right? (Secret Storage)
Straw basket orange pillows coca cola tin anchor decor
So I’ve got plenty o’ anchors, and a captain’s wheel…what else would make this nautical home complete?
A globe of course!
I found this globe awhile back for only $12. 
Antique Globe on books
It’s one of my favorite things in our place, and it has made its way all around our loft. Bookshelves, hutch, bedroom…everywhere! It’s kinda like where in the world is the globe today? 
Antique Globe in entryway
The light blue and white globe currently resides on our entry table. The perfect touch of nautical decor to welcome our guests.
Here are a few other “nautical” themed projects that we’ve featured here on the Playbook…
So am I the only Midwest gal with a love for all things coastal? What ways do you incorporate a bit of the ocean into your home? 
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