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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Spooky Halloween Mirror and Gallery Wall

I know it's not even October yet, but since I only have a limited time to decorate the house for Halloween I thought I better get started.   Halloween is such a fun time of year to decorate and go all out with crazy decor.

Spooky Halloween gallery wall, Halloween

This year, I was inspired by my neighbor who completely transforms her house for Halloween.   She has an awesome Halloween party every year and turns her house into a serious haunted house.  Last year, I walked into the bathroom and there was a human size talking zombie in her shower, scared me half to death!

After stopping over her house the other day and being completely blown away by all her Halloween decor I decided I needed to start decorating.  I headed out to Goodwill to get a few items to transform my fall entry table into a spooky Halloween display with gallery wall.   I ended up buying a $3.00 mirror, vintage book with a few freaky pictures and 4 small plaques that were $1.00 a piece.

Goodwill Mirror used for mirror effect
I started by removing the cardboard backing off the frame to expose the back of the mirror.  Then I took sandpaper and sanded the heck out of the mirror backing.  I'm not gonna lie, this takes some serious sanding and muscle to get through the layers of the mirror.
Sanding the back of a mirror

Sanding the back of a mirror for a spooky effect
I kept sanding until the mirror turned to glass.  Once I was happy with my sanding I added a spooky picture and it was ready to be hung on the gallery wall.
A thrift store mirror and pictures are used to create the perfect spooky Halloween gallery wall.

Halloween, Spooky mirror trick

Pretty cool, huh?

Next it was time to transform the completely dated and not my style plaques into freaky Halloween decor.
Goodwill plaques before

Black spray painted Goodwill plaques
I gave them a few coats of black spray paint then printed out some scary pictures that I added to the plaques with Mod Podge.
Gluing Halloween printables to Goodwill plaqyes

Thrifted spooky Halloween wall art

Spooky halloween pictures, halloween

The addition of a few paper bats and fake comb webs and my entry table was turned into a frightening Halloween display.  The kids were a little creeped out by the pictures, but after explaining that they aren't real they quickly moved on and now ignore them.  They keep saying how cool the house looks and I have to admit, I'm pretty excited too.

Spooky Halloween Gallery wall, halloween

Spooky gallery wall, Halloween

A thrift store mirror and pictures are used to create the perfect spooky Halloween gallery wall.

My halloween decor is just beginning, so make sure to stop back on October 13th for my full Halloween house tour.  

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  1. I LOVE THIS! great spooky wall! I am going to have to do some of this in my home!!
    THanks for stopping by and linking up with me on Totally Terrific Tuesdays @liverandomlysimple :)
    I am having fun looking around your blog!

  2. Awesome, Katie!! I love the idea about using the mirror, I never thought of that! And totally easy! Pinning. :)

  3. Oooh! Definitely spooky!! I like that mirror trick!! :)

  4. Your display looks amazing, spooky, but oh so classy too - Love it!

  5. Super spooky! Thanks for the Halloween inspiration!
    House on the Way

  6. Those pictures are so creepy! Love what you did with the mirror too..such a cool idea!!

  7. Oh my gosh so spooky!! haha. Great mirror tip!

  8. I don't decorate for Halloween and typically am not very inspired by Halloween posts, but I LOVE this entire display. The idea for the mirror with the spooky picture showing through is pure genius! Totally worth the muscle you put into it! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up at our first party this morning! Have a great day!

  9. This looks great! You should have your own Halloween party my friend. And also, love the cotton thingies, those will look great at Thanksgiving too.

  10. Stopping by from LiveRandomlySimple Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Up Party! Thanks for linking up last week! Party is NOW live, hope you can make it back and link up some more awesome content!! pinned!!

  11. Whoa! My littles would flip a wig if I created a space like this! But... it would be fun! :)

    Love the mirror trick!

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness at Show Me Saturday! Please join us again this weekend!
    ~ Ashley

  12. I LOVE THIS WALL!! That mirror trick is to cool. I featured you over @ the Think and Make Thursday Link Party.