Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mirror, Mirror

I ran across this oldie at Goodwill during my one-girl weekend extravaganza. The price was so low that I thought it might have been a mistake and held my breath until the checker rang me up without questioning the sticker.


It's about twelve by twenty-four and weighs a TON.  If there was any question about whether to buy it or not, the weight would have been the deciding factor.  Kind of like finding a dresser with dovetail joints and dust covers.  You just know the quality is there and snap it right up.

It's missing some detail on the left side but I'm going to follow this hint from A Polka-Dot Cottage (whoops, I mean The Polka Dot Closet) and try to replace it.

It's worth a try, and even if it doesn't work, there's obviously plenty of other detail still intact.
The odd coppery color is unusual and not long for this world.  Since it'll be hung in my newly reacquired guest room a coat of my usual Sleepy Eyes white with a bit of glazing to bring out the details should make it a shabby chic treasure worthy of guests.

Have you ever tried photographing a mirror? The background not only has to be acceptable but also provide decent support for the heavy glass and the reflection needs to be good too.  Kharma's sweet paw and my still-green lawn are up to the challenge!  

(Happily, I found it was much easier to make the reflected doggie fudgsicle disappear with Picasa than my usual shovel and  pail. Just sayin'.)  

Now to get busy with the makeover (mirror, not lawn.  Well, maybe lawn too.)


Fairly enamoured,
(mirror, mirror...fairly, get it?)


13 comments:

  1. What a great find! That mirror is beautiful! Love the detail.
    -Lynn

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  2. Oh what a great find!, it will be an easy repair and will be perfect! Oh details..It's The Polka Dot Closet, but I have to say I like Cottage, wish I had thought of that LOL! Thank you for the shout out!

    Carol

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  3. Yikes, Carol! My bad--it's fixed now. My mental image of a closet enhanced by polka dots is much better than the one of an entire dotted cottage!

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  4. wow...great find. I can't wait to see the transformation. Oh and yeah, I get it!

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  5. What a great mirror! That is quite a find from Goodwill. I can't wait to see it painted.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would be peeing all over myself if I saw this at MY GW at a cheap price!! It's just stunning!

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  7. I have also read that you can make a mold with polymer clay, then make the replacement piece with polymer clay and glue it in place after baking. Just a thought.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post i really enjoyed reading it..

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  9. Oh Ya, when I pick up a mirror and it weighs a ton, I know I have struck gold! Good find

    Carol

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  10. Beautiful mirror! It must be fairly old, I love it.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  11. Our Goodwill absolutely sucks. All they have is garbage, I mean it, it is worse than the flea market! I have never found anything remotely close to this mirror. Lucky you!

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  13. that is a great piece! it is definitely hard to photograph a mirror, I like the grass and foot touch though ;)

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