It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful

My home is my ultimate canvas. Unfortunately reality looks nothing like the vision in my head… but the way I look at reality is changing.

I bought this mirror in the Outer Banks almost two years ago. It’s from England, a 1920-something original.  Its glass has speckles in it and is sort of fuzzy in places (like an antique mirror should be, right?). The nice lady gave me a super great deal as a wedding gift. I was ecstatic.

I bought some high gloss white paint to make it match my all white bedroom. Then it sat wedged between the wall and the night stand waiting for me to paint it – for almost a year and a half.
I got tired of it marking up the wall and was trying to find a different place to put it.

It’s okay to laugh.

Thanks to a seed the Nester planted in my head, the lights finally came on: hang the mirror and enjoy it.  I can always paint it later.

Success! So what was my problem? First, the paint is chipped, revealing fairy pink paint underneath.

Second, it’s cream, not white.  I wanted white.

The punch line? NONE of the whites in this room are the same!

I was actually stressed when our white furniture arrived and looked off-white against the walls.  The perfect bench under my window is white… ish. It has a slightly green cast to it. Good grief!

Perfectionism can be so ridiculous. And you know what? The mirror’s cream color makes it a focal point of our room, and I love that.

Note: It’s 5 years later and there are still no plans to paint that mirror. 


  1. It’s a super cute mirror so there is no reason why you shouldn’t be enjoying it now! I have never really understood why people don’t use the things they buy until they are “done” but now that you mention it I may have a few thing lying around just like that. Time to start enjoying!

  2. Don’t you love not being perfect? I do!! I’m your newest imperfect follower-stop by for a visit!!

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