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Grandma’s Washroom Mirror

Grandma's mirror This mirror hung in Grandma and Grandpa’s unheated washroom over the deep cast iron stand-alone sink for years.  It dutifully sat on the wall amidst shelves full of soap and lye, Borax and random cleaning products bought once and left there for thirty years.  It was probably old before they ever even hung it there because it wasn’t the kind of washroom you hung something new.  Some of it’s decorative molding at the top has chipped off and the back is warped and mottled with ancient water spots and some old paint.

frame back The thick cardboard or thin masonite is only held on by a few bent nails that haven’t already pulled through.

nails on mirrorAnd the old brass wire was so frayed I was afraid to hang it on the wall for fear it would come crashing down one day.

frayed wire

The Renovation Whisperer wanted to throw it out.  He likes things to be new and fresh but Robear has held on to it for the last few years since grandma came to live with them before she died.

But now due to their current downsizing, they don’t have any room for it, so I rescued it from the good will pile, adding yet another piece from them to work on as if I don’t already have enough.  I wondered what would happen if I added a little color.

The first order of business though was to give it a new wire.  Due to how heavy it is, I twisted two picture hanging wires together to get the thickness shown below.  It’s still half as thick as the old brass wire but I think it’s stronger.  Lets hope I’m right.

New wire

Next I thinned some of the turquoise paint I used on the Dumpster Salvaged Cabinet and washed it on gently.  If I really wanted to do it right I should have sanded or stripped off the old finish because it was definitely done with an oil based stain, but I was kind of hoping for a streaked appearance and leaving the oil based stain on allowed the paint to travel nicely over the surface.  Next I rubbed some of it off gently revealing the wood below. Since I don’t plan on anyone touching it often I think it will hold up, at least until I decide to change it again.

Mirror close upIt currently hangs in this state in my dining room next to it’s color cousin the Dumpster Salvaged Gun Cabinet.

Green mirror on wall Part of me looks at the original stained frame and wonders if I should have instead just left it alone.  The natural wood is so rich, but it just seemed to be asking for some attention.  Fifty years in a cold washroom can do that to you.  And nothing says attention like a little turquoise.


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