Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mirror Thing, you make my heart sing.

You make everything ....... groovy.

I saw this mirror-thing or What Used to be a Mirror at a yard sale two weeks ago and I had to have it. Because mirrors stacked on mirrors and hidden behind every door just isn't enough for me. I have to have ALL the mirrors.

I spotted it across a small field, leaning on a fence. It was more blank glass than it was mirror and it looked like an art piece. To me it looked like an art piece anyway.

Mirror Thing, I think I love you. 

 The faded yellow at the top and bottom is old newspaper that was falling out. It was the only backing. There was nothing in the middle - what little silver there was seemed to be held there by spider webs. And dirt.

Mirror Thing, I think you move me.

This is a huge, heavy mirror. And it's old, old, old. I didn't realize how old until my neighbor was reading the newspaper backing.

July 10, 1899? Holy cow!

You can see how the silver is barely hanging on. I tried wiping the dirt from the back but the silver came with it. I had to give up and realize that, oh my yes, it was held together by its own dirt.

Fragile Fragile Fragile.

I have some newspapers from 1944 that were in a trunk I purchased so I took a few pages and filled in the missing middle part of the backing. It matched the earlier newspaper perfectly, but just newspaper?
On this fragile baby?

I fitted the back with appliance cardboard while attempting to save as much of the old newspaper as I could.


We lugged it into the house and decided to put it on the wall between the office and master bedroom. It's too darn heavy to hang on the wall (studs in the wrong place) so I went about finding something for it to sit on. Then I covered the back with the stiffest paper ever, I swear, and we were ready to hang a mirror!

I have a roll of this very thick and stiff paper and I can't think of what its original purpose would be. It is extremely awkward to work with - kind of like wrestling an alligator.

When the sun hits the remaining silver the whole thing glitters.
It's so awesome! :-)

 And, it's up! Uh oh, not so fast. It's too low. It cut off our heads and that just seemed odd. And wrong.  Hmmmmm. Plus the stand wasn't helping. It simply refused to stay attached to the wall and left this unbelievably heavy mirror dangling from two screws. I googled for ideas and This Old House came through. Basically we would hang it like we did the mantle, that is, by using a french cleat.

From This Old
This way it doesn't matter where the studs are.

Mirror Thing, you make my heart sing.
To me the mirror looks like abstract art, with the added bonus of lightening up a dark area. And it's from the 1800's which makes it special, in my eyes. (Mr. Bad Rabbit isn't a huge fan.)

I haven't decided if I'll paint the frame or not. I'm leaning toward not painting it because it has a weathered patina that can only come from 100 years of existence. If I paint over it, I'll never get it back.

Linking to:
Funky Junk
the dedicated house
nifty thrifty tuesday 
furniture feature friday 
tuesday's treasures 
masterpiece monday 
wow us wednesdays 
make it pretty monday


  1. Daena: I am so with you on old, shiny things. Gorgeous. I once received a mirror with so much age that the silvering was coming off, and it's one of my favorite treasures. Yours looks fantastic as an art piece.

  2. I love it! I have one that is similar and so very old, and I have it hanging on my wall. When I look at it, I think, "How many faces looked into this glass?" Oh how I love old mirrors! Seems like I have them everywhere in my house. Yours is definitely a keeper!

  3. Absolutely stunning!!! Don't touch the is perfect! Love that artwork.

  4. No Painty! Unbelievable find and so jealous!!
    It is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen.

  5. Daena, I too am jealous of this incredibly beautiful find.
    It's what we all want. It's what we all try to achieve
    when we paint, distress, tromp around to every yard sale,
    search for that "treasure"..
    YOU GOT IT !!!
    Maybe you didn't find it...It found you..
    You deserve this beauty.

    Kelli Girsch -

  6. Oh so beautiful. I have an old mirror also. My father-in-law had it stored in an old shop, covered with spider webs and dirt. When I asked if I could borrow it for awhile, he couldn't believe someone would even want to mess with it. He gave it to me on the spot. I would definitely leave the frame as is.


  7. OH MY WORD, how gorgeous! I am so jealous! I'm sure you aren't going to paint the frame, but I'll just throw in my "no, don't paint it!" vote as well. That's just the kind of beauty only time can produce. Eat your heart out, Anthropologie :)

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed!

  8. LOL. Loved your comment "I have to have ALL the mirrors." I'm that way with old suitcases and trunks. My husband thinks I'm planning to move out. There's no way you could have passed up that mirror. It's gorgeous!