Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, mirror in the hand, how much ugly can you stand?  This mirror was looking pretty ugly itself!

Waaaay back when I was in highschool, you know...when the dinosaurs roamed the earth...I worked in an upscale furniture store. I was allowed to purchase anything I wanted at cost + 10%. Oh my gosh, what I would give for that job now!!!

I did purchase quite a bit of furniture, including our bedroom set, a dining table and chairs. The table is now with my daughter at college. You can read about that here. I also bought a Conover loveseat, which has been recovered once and needs it again, but is still as solid as a rock.

I bought lots of little things too, including this wooden hand mirror. I cannot believe it has not broken. We have used it day in and day out for...well, for LOTS of years! But it was pretty shabby looking, and not in a shabby chic sort of way. It needed some love.

So I peeled the old paper off and took the backing off.  Those staples were really, really strong.  After removing the mirror, I used Citri Strip.  I didn't get a picture of that, mainly because I had rubber gloves on with orange goo all over them, and I wasn't about to touch the camera!  After cleaning off the goo, it looked like this:  

Next I took a sander to it to clean up the rest of the paper and smooth it down.  Already it is looking so much better!

Then I sprayed it with one coat of white primer, followed by a couple coats of Heirloom White.  After that dried, I took my palm sander to it and shabbied it back up again...go figure.

I worked on this little project here and there, when I could steal a few minutes, and did not realize until I began to put this post together that I photographed this mirror on 5 different surfaces!  That's continuity for you...not.

Before I replaced the mirror and backing, I applied two coats of polyacrylic.  I cut an oval out of scrapbook paper, using the wood backing piece as a template, cutting about 3/8" beyond the edge of my pencil line. 

Yes I did retrim that paper.  I know it is crooked in this picture.

As you can see, the paper just blended into the color of the mirror.  Good match, but it needed some definition.  So I inked the edges with "Close to Cocoa" Stampin Up ink. 

Then I mod podged the paper to the mirror and finished up with a couple coats of mod podge on top.  I may put a another coat of polyacrylic over that tomorrow.  Here she is pretty much finished.  I'm thinking she needs something else...any suggestions?

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  1. It's perfect just the way it is. I love hand mirrors and have a collection of old ones that are one day going to be hanging in the guest room bathroom.
    I think you did a great job giving this mirror some new life.

  2. So cute! I love that you still have it!

  3. It looks very, very pretty now!! I'm sure you'll treasure it all the more now that you put all that hard work into it.

  4. What a transformation! It looks wonderful now, and how cool that it's been part of your family for so long!

  5. Turned out really cute! When you see redos like this it makes it hard to throw ANYTHING out!


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