Monday, May 13, 2013

A little luck and $3

The title says it all. Yes, a little luck and $3 is what I had when I found this beauty at the Salvation Army.

Obviously, the beautiful wood scrolling had been broken off the sides.  I knew I could cut off the broken pieces and make the mirror salvageable.  Well, I was a nervous Nelly trying to cut off broken pieces. I was so afraid that I would damage the main scroll work that made the mirror worth buying for $3!  Of course, hubby came to the rescue.  He told me I needed to leave while he cut off the damaged parts because I probably didn't want to really see how he was going to do it.  Ten minutes later, he brought it back in to me.  I used a little bit of gold acrylic craft paint to touch up the sides.

Hubby wasn't too happy with hanging it because it was so very heavy.  Here is the evolution of my mantle.

First, metalwork.

Then, an empty frame.

Next up, trumeau mirror.

Now, a $3 Italian mirror.

I think it goes so much better because of the tile around the fireplace.  Here is a little close up of the vignette by the fireplace. 

I wonder what it will be next?!

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  1. First of all that's one gorgeous mirror - second of all you sound just like me - it isn't normal how often I change mirrors on my mantel ( well I guess it's normal in Blog land but not in REAL land lol )

  2. THAT is exactly what your mantel needed!



  3. Wow! Just beautiful. Is SA generally a good source for thrifted treasures? I need to do more thrifting, for sure!

  4. Your mantel looks like it came right out of a magazine love it.. good job.

  5. Wow you bought this amazing mirror for $3? Lucky you. I'm really into mirrors right now. I would have snatched that up too!

  6. Julie, What an amazing mirror! It really looks wonderful above your mantel. Than you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. I would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live at 8am CDT on Monday. Here's this week's party link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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