Adding a mirror to your outdoor space can be so effective.
We live in what many call a “raised bungalow”. When you arrive at our front door, it looks like a bungalow but because we live on a ravine, we have TWO storeys at the back. The “basement” is actually a walkout to a patio and backyard.
However, one of the best features on our main / 3 bedroom bungalow floor, is the walkout rooftop patio with access from both the living room and the master bedroom. Yes, it is VERY nice (if I do say so myself).
When we moved in, this walkout had a wood railing and a blacktop floor covered by outdoor “turf” carpeting. It was nice but not ideal. The carpeting would get drenched and the large, yucky sort of maple tree next to it was always dropping stuff on it, requiring to be cleaned. Our home up-keep philosophy is: every year, we do some sort of a major upgrade or upkeep to our home. This year it is the roof (…coming soon!). However, about 5 years ago, we upgraded this walk out patio by removing the view obstructing wood railing and adding a classy glass railing. In addition, we had an outdoor vinyl flooring installed. Oh my! What a difference! In the summer, we use this area far more than our large deck with a outdoor dining table and chairs.
This walkout gets lots of shade and we love to take my morning coffee and newspaper out there. You feel like you are in the country and not in the suburban metropolis of Toronto.
A year ago, I saw a photo somewhere showing a covered patio with a mirror on the wall. A lightbulb went off! ” YES! I want this”!!
Because as you can see, when you sit in some of the seats, you look at the sliding glass door and a brick wall. How sad is that when everyone else sees green nature!
If you read my blog, you may know I have been somewhat addicted to on-line estate sales. It was through one of these sales, I found the perfect mirror! This baby weighs a ton, is metal and was PERFECT! Oh how I like perfect!
So earlier this month, I taped it up and spray painted it with some Brown Rustoleum paint I had already. Oh my, I could not wait to hang it on my boring brick wall!
Mr. Nice did the honours of hanging and even he had to admit, it was a really nice addition.
I must admit when we did this upgrade, and we were shopping for furniture, I knew the type I wanted. But at the time I was not so obsesssed with colour. AND being a very outdoor / natural view, I wanted to see EARTH TONES when I looked out. I am not sure I would choose brown cushions now, but it is what it is!
This is only the beginning of the walkout freshening up! Stay tuned for more!
Don’t you love it? It looks like a window!
Have you ever added a mirror to your outdoor space?