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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  1. 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!

  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!

  3. 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

  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

  5. Jamie Kaufmann

    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!

  6. Jamie Kaufmann

    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!

  7. jandjhome

    What a great idea. I love the price difference.

  8. jandjhome

    What a great idea. I love the price difference.

  9. ~K @ VintageSkye

    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!

  10. ~K @ VintageSkye

    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!

  11. theteo5

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

  12. theteo5

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

  13. Tanya

    These are so great…my husband was even impressed 🙂 Good job!

  14. Tanya

    These are so great…my husband was even impressed 🙂 Good job!

  15. Jenny

    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!

  16. Jenny

    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!

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

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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. Chrissy Harris

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

  22. Chrissy Harris

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

  23. shopannies

    they look awesome very classy and clean what a gorgeous look

  24. shopannies

    they look awesome very classy and clean what a gorgeous look

  25. Courtana

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

  26. Courtana

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

  27. Anonymous

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

  28. Anonymous

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

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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. The Loops

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

  34. The Loops

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

  35. Megan

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

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

  36. S

    Yours are prettier than the Ballard ones!

  37. S

    Yours are prettier than the Ballard ones!

  38. Pamela

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

  39. Pamela

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

  40. Molly

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

  41. Molly

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

  42. Terry

    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.

  43. Terry

    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.

  44. Claire

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

  45. Claire

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

  46. Kristy Carberry

    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!

  47. Kristy Carberry

    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!

  48. 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! 🙂

  49. 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! 🙂

  50. Beth Ann

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

  51. Beth Ann

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

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