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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This Post Has 44 Comments

  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. 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'.

  3. 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!

  4. Mrs. DeVore

    WOW! What an amazing find! They look beautiful!

  5. jandjhome

    What a great idea. I love the price difference.

  6. ~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!

  7. theteo5

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

  8. Tanya

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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

  12. Chrissy Harris

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

  13. shopannies

    they look awesome very classy and clean what a gorgeous look

  14. Courtana

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

  15. Anonymous

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

  16. The Yellow Cape Cod

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

  17. 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.

  18. The Loops

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

  19. Megan

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


  20. Holly Austin

    I absolutely LOVE the mirrors. What a great find!!

  21. P
    What a blessing to find 3 of them!
    I call those "hugs from God"!
    They are stunning!
    I know you are excited to have them!
    HUGS from South Carolina!

  22. S

    Yours are prettier than the Ballard ones!

  23. [email protected]

    Holy Cow – what a great find. Love those mirrors!! Great project for a great price too. Can't beat that.

  24. Pamela

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

  25. Molly

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

  26. 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.

  27. Claire

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

  28. 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!

  29. The Homespun Hostess

    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! 🙂

  30. 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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