Remember my entry collage of old mirrors? I still haven't stopped looking for mirrors whenever I'm out and about. They seem to catch my eye everywhere. When I was at the thrift store recently, I came across an old mirror in really bad shape. It was in a frame, but there was no back. And over the years, the silver backing had been worn away, so that most of the edges of the mirror were now just clear glass. When I picked it up to look at it, even more of the silver flaked off and fell to the floor. I had a feeling that if I left it there, it would be just a pane of glass within a few days.
So of course I brought it home.
I'd asked the girl at the counter to wrap it in newspaper so that it wouldn't flake off everywhere, and that's how it stayed for a couple weeks while I figured out what to do with it.
Here's the front, with the newspaper showing through the clear glass:
And the back:
I knew I wanted something old to put behind the glass, because whatever I put there was going to show through. I looked through my fabric supply. (I have a lot of old fabric.) But most of the prints were from the 70's, and this mirror feels at least 20 years older than that.
Then I remembered a box of vintage wrapping paper that my mom gave me for my birthday several years ago. My mom gives great gifts.
I have lots more than this, but these were the most metallic-looking. And I thought metallic would be great to show through the edges of a mirror.
I tried out a couple to see how they looked.
Which one would you have picked?
To me, the geometric star-like pattern was the clear (no pun intended!) choice. I cut it to size, 12 x 18 and placed it behind the glass. I taped it to the back of the frame so it wouldn't shift. Then I found a big piece of chipboard from the back of an over-sized coloring book. (Thanks, kids!) I cut it also to size, and set it in, bending down the little nails in the back to hold the chipboard and paper in place.
Can you believe that frame! Oh, man. I love it.
I hung the mirror in the entry for pictures, but it's still waiting to find it's permanent spot. I'm just glad the silver is finally protected and intact.
It's hard to take pictures of mirrors, but I tried to get something nice in the reflection. That cross is hanging in our dining room. Donnie welded it from steel.
He's so cool.
What fun things are you working on this week?