It’s almost feeling like
around here. Almost. Although my 4 sectioned~4 day project is on day 5 of actual work—I started last Friday. What the heck~??
I broke my work into 4 sections, and saved the “worst” for last. Partly because this North corner bothers me.
*To clear up any confusion—I prefer to call this the Lower Level or LL because it’s too nice down here to be called a basement anymore!
The North corner is, well~ darker.
When I added the builtin down here, I actually wanted to put mirrors in the back wall of the shelving to reflect light and brighten things up. As much as could be. COST crossed it off my list, but I’m REthinking that once again.
I called for prices this morning. Uhhh~let’s just say I’m still thinking about it. Each side is 40½” wide × 46½” tall. They quoted $122 per side. AM I CHEAP? THAT’s crAzy!
PLAN B. I asked about plain old glass being cut for each side— ½” thick $90 each, ¼” thick $70. Times 2 remember. UNbelievable. My thought was that I would silver the glass myself making it affordable~haha.
Then I considered glass (I would silver) to cover ONLY above the top 2 shelves—design magazines completely cover the bottom shelves. Even THAT was $70’ish something! YES. I guess I AM cheap.
I checked if there were any mirrors in their Ooops section that could be REcut—?? You DO know most glass/mirror stores have an Ooops section, right? Unfortunately, everything was too small.
Ok a y ~plan C.
I could paint the back with a silver leafing/metallic paint…
or A REALLY high gloss paint for a lacquered effect…?
Maybe I should check out the price and sizes of mirror TILES…?
So~ 1 last potential option.
*BTW~ here’s an example of the ltd natural light.
Looking online, I found a mirror that could be FRAMED IN like a picture. $24.46 × 2 which is a lot more to my liking.
I taped it out, and put the shelves back to get a visual.
I don’t know. . .
So it looks like my project is still in “Groundhog’s Day” limbo. . .
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I’m in the final push to be ready for
The weather has NOT cooperated for many of the things I planned to work on, so I’m feeling pretty anxious about being ready. . .
it’s going to be one VERY action-packed week.
I’ve been sewing soft goods—but yesterday afternoon when that constant rain finally broke, I headed outside to jump on 2 simpler projects, like—
REframing this heavily beveled, vintage mirror.
I used the door cutoffs from making my Pilaster Light Sconces. I just love the patina of that wood, and how the sides show evidence of it being a door, so I left the parts of the hinges that were still attached! I also pegged each of the corners to make stronger mitered joints. Lastly, I waxed the wood.
Btw—that frame is 2½” wide and ¼” of the mirror is covered by the new frame, see how deep the bevel is? The last time I priced out a standard beveled glass table top~it was $2 an inch. Imagine what this might cost nowadays!
I’m thinking about adding those vintage wire hooks to make it a very simple entry hall mirror. . . hmmmm. . .
. . .here’s the back side and how I secured the mirror. Part 2 tomorrow.
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I saw an ad on Craigslist for 6 really old windows $25.
Say W H A T ?
I had to rub my eyes and look at that again. I clicked on the posting expecting the description to clarify that it was $25 PER window—nope. I read right—what a shock!
I also called immediately and headed out the door!
Except that one window had a broken pane— O M G!
they have ARCHED tops,
and they’re MINE!
OLD windows with their wavy glass make FABulous mirrors!
I added graphics to 2, left 1 plain & hustled them to the antique stores!
. . .fingers crossed for quick sales!
And check out these items that are getting my attention next!
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, Craig's list, curbies, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged image transfers, Looking Glass Mirror paint, making a mirror, making a mirror from a window on July 29, 2015|
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. . . becomes a fancy “Farm” mirror!
I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door! But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh! No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!
Anyway- back to the window I liked. It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful! I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.
OH! And I removed the added scabbed-on piece from the right side.
I wanted to add some transfers before making this one into a mirror.
These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.
Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.
If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it! And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!
I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look. I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”
Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.
After the silvering dried I covered it in black matte spray paint (because I was out of dark brown). . .
. . .to protect the silvering,
but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it. *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.
I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.
And here’s my finished mirror!
Kind of Fancy Farm-like!
I ripped some really old, rough wood to frame it, and you can see the subtle transfers and the waviness of the glass by the reflections in the following pictures!
It’s at the antique mall for sale now—
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I’ve been tearing into my boxes in storage. They’ve been there [so long] I’ve forgotten about a lot of what I’ve been unpacking. Like these horse head hooks –that I’m keeping– sorry Kathy!
It feels like Christmas rediscovering some of my treasures!
There ARE some things I’m cutting loose—some things will be upgrades for mom, some things will go to family, and there’ve been some boxes for donation. But, YES—some things ARE going up for sale. Primarily for the upcoming Main Street Market sale the bf and I are participating in June 13th.
Unfortunately, I will only be able to take what I can
fit IN & ON TOP
of the Santa Fe,
but I’m a pretty good packer & I’ve got a PLAN!
I’ve been working on some things, REworking others and I’ll share soon—but for now, here’s a LITTLE something you might like!
I’d forgotten completely about this little perfume tray. I can’t remember what the former decorative piece was from the underside, but I remember it was damaged and tossed it looooong ago.
But NOW I’m thinking -MIRROR-.
I taped it off, and sprayed it with Looking Glass paint. BUT—to capture the appearance of an old mirror, I left the glass dirty for natural patina! ; D
FYI—the link is to Walmart, who seems to sell it at the lowest daily price, however, I usually buy from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and do better!
I taped the underside—and slit the tape to get around the curved form.
Again—look at that “OLD“ patina!
I’m pretty sure this will be something I’m letting go of . . .
I’m sharing with this linky party—
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Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, building green, mirrors, my antique mall space!, painting, salvage, TIPS -construction and finishing, tagged bead board, Entry Mirror, old family mirror, salvaged wood, vintage coat hooks on March 31, 2015|
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I’d kind of forgotten to show you the end of this project—ooops!
It’s been busy and crazy and—itchy.
I’m finishing work on a few things for the antique mall and finally got some pictures of my SCRAP WOOD MIRROR before loading the car.
Yes~I’d LUV to show it to you through pretty, staged pics, or at least wait till it’s hanging nicely in my space, but –eh– such is life. Next time!
The mirror has been leaning against the furnace in mom’s mechanical room forEVER, and I framed it using all leftovers from several projects.
This is what I last shared with you. . .
the frame built and mirror inset.
I filled the center frame with end cuts of pine bead board.
◊ After cutting and dry-fitting all the pieces, I numbered the back of each piece and a few spots on the board to place them back in the same spots.
◊ Then I did a RANDOM color – SLOPPY paint job. That was fun!
◊ I did NOT let them dry fully before sanding,
◊ then glued them back in place.
I forgot to mention that I clear-coated the raw wood frame before gluing the “blocks” in place. Then—
◊ I dry-brushed that off white (used on some of the pieces) across all the pieces to tone down the colors.
◊ To gain more “texture & age” I used my heat gun to melt one section at a time, then scraped at the paint with a razor blade—slow-going but worth it.
◊ And finally—I waxed everything. First with Clear Wax and then with a little Liming Wax (just to tone it all down slightly more).
I added some ¼” quarter-round to trim the inside edges and lastly,
I added large, vintage hall tree coat hooks.
I thought it might make a nice Entry Mirror!
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1~I’ve had this very old mirror for a long time now. It’s very heavy because of its thicker glass, and some of the silvering is flaking away ..~which I luv.
2~I also had some left-over scrap wood that was kind of rustic—hmmmm,
3~I had this idea!
Sorry, limited pictures—I got busy ripping wood and routering rabbets in some parts and dados in others…
But~here’s the long & short of it.
At the table saw and the router table—
◊ I ripped the inner frame wood to 1″ thickness, then routered a ¼” rabbet for the mirror to sink/set into.
◊ I reset the table saw to rip the outer frame pieces to 1¾”, then ran those pieces through the router to create a ¼” dado for the back board to slip into.
◊ Again, I reset the table saw to rip ¼” veneered plywood to 4½” wide.
With all sides of the frame and back board cut, next was to make the miter cuts to all, sand everything, and put things together.
Tomorrow I’ll make a decision on what to fill the center frame with. . .
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