The mirror cost me $9 at the thrift store (Goodwill). It's old because it is very heavy and has an old wood back covering. Most newer mirrors are not the heavy solid lead mirrors. I painted it with some chalk paint I already had on hand. I decided to hang it in this little space because the mirror needed an area of its own. I didn't want to hang it on an open wall and then have to add decorative pieces around it to fill the space. I think the extras would have detracted from the beauty of the mirror. When you can, find a piece that fits into its own special place allowing it to make a statement on its own.