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Friday, March 13, 2015

Antique mirror for master bath remodel

Actually, I bought this mirror many years ago at an Estate Sale for 10¢ ... no typo ... yes ... TEN CENTS. I think they just needed to get rid of it. 

This late 1800's mirror had a lot of issues, but also had a lot going for it.


It hung in storage for a lot of years and just kept deteriorating.

Yes, I had to take all that stuff out of this aisle to get to it.                                            
We were remodeling our master bath and I planned to put a wall of mirrors on the newly planked wall and I wanted to include this one. 

Well ... let me tell you ... after seeing what that wall of mirrors would be reflecting, I quickly changed my mind about a full wall of mirrors. It is the wall directly across from the walk-in shower ... and you know the "rest-of-the-story".

 Regardless; at this point, I needed to restore it or get rid of it. It had a lot of missing pieces of gesso decorations and the mirror was loosing silver. 
I just filled in the empty spaces with Hard as Nails wood putty. 

Sanded it to the shape as best I could ... 
painted and antiqued it and called it good.
 I ended up painting it with Behr, Spanish sand, the same color as the wall and antiqued it with Min-wax stain to age it. 
Love the cut-etched arch. 
A paper with French script that fills in the dark area of silver loss did not turn out exactly as planned and that will likely be changed.

I hung it high enough so it mirrors just the head and shoulders of the person getting out of the shower. 

 And here it is hanging on the planked wall in our newly remodeled bathroom. I am standing in the shower but shooting at a angle so you can't see me.

We are finished with this part of bath remodel ... 
except for the barn door which will be hung when the vanity room is redecorated.
I had hoped to get the vanity area done before I did these reveals, but just not happening. Life kinda got in the way.

Upcoming blogs ... 
the planked wall ...
the vintage kitchen cabinet in the bathroom ... 
the beautiful walk-in handicap shower ...
the walk-in master closet/dressing room ...
or scroll down the page

the barn door .... (this one may be awhile)

Hope you will come back to see these. 

You can see the before and after of the bathroom here.
or just scroll down one blog.
Thanks for staying with me with this lengthy post.
Linking to:
Vintage Inspiration Party
The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday

Funky Junk Upcycled link party


  1. So much more space to move around. Good 'thinking ahead', that is so important. Your bathroom looks so handy as well as very interesting, so many unique ways to make good use of the space. Sure hope you are both feeling better, I've missed you.

  2. So pretty! I love that mirror. xo

  3. Amazing restoration! Most people would have seen all of the broken parts and given up. I am going to have to get some of that Hard as Nails wood putty. Genius! Found you at the Frugal Friday link party.

  4. So you added wood putty...but did you piece the broken gesso back into place, like a puzzle? or did you magically create your own details? It looks wonderful! ... Also, about the missing silver.
    I like old mirrors with missing silver. In fact I have several of them throughout my house. This french script paper behind the mirror...looks beautiful! I clicked to enlarge, because I wanted to see more details on the top photo!
    Don't be surprised if you see this copied all over blog land...or at least here at Corn!
    It is such a pretty detail. Don't change it!

  5. Funny I have mirrors hanging on all the walls and lying on the table tops and never think to look in them. I love the old mirror - I am attracted to ones with age spots. Neat trick with the wood putty.

  6. Your bathroom looks amazing! Love it. I love the mirror too. I'll use this advice to fix one of my mirrors.

  7. Audrey, your bathroom is fabulous and I cannot believe you got that mirror for .10! Your makeover is perfection--can't wait to see your upcoming posts! Blessings, Cecilia

  8. Hi, Audrey. I just noticed that you're following me--THANK YOU--and so I came right over, got a good laugh about your change of plans on the wall of mirrors, was amazed at how you repaired your mirror, loved your bathroom, and I'm now your most-recent follower. Looking forward to your posts! ~Zuni

  9. I'm an interior designer and I stupidly put in a mirrored vanity right across from the toilet in my own house. Interesting for women who use the facility! Thank heavens I didn't do it to a client's bathroom. You were sure sharper with where to hang a mirror than I was! I do love that mirror and the whole room looks wonderful.

  10. Wow - you did an amazing job fixing that mirror up, Audrey. It looks lovely now, and your entire bathroom looks beautiful!

  11. Oh Audrey, I adore the did an amazing job restoring it. It's gorgeous!!! And the plank, love, love!! Your bathroom is charming!
    Mary Alice

  12. O, I didn';t realize you were this far along to post...your bath is so cute. That mirror is something else..just beautiful.

  13. Wow, what a bargain Audrey! Love how you redid it and the planked wall has me drooling! I want to do this in my laundry room.

  14. Hi! That turned out to be an amazing mirror for 10 cents! Or maybe it is the amazing lady that restored it!!! Nancy

  15. WOWZA Audrey, that mirror is gorgeous! You amaze me, so much, I can't even tell you how much I admire you and what you do.

  16. WOWZA Audrey, that mirror is gorgeous! You amaze me, so much, I can't even tell you how much I admire you and what you do.

  17. Wow, what a beauty, I'm so glad that you didn't give up on this gorgeous mirror. It's perfect in your remodeled bathroom with all your other decor. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  18. What a gorgeous mirror, Audrey! You are a very talented lady.

  19. Well worth waiting for this post, Audrey! I LOVE your bathroom - your shower is exactly what I would love to do. No curtain or glass to mess with. The mirror is amazing! 10c! Of course, it would have intimidated anyone but you...and you knew how to give it a new life. Beautiful, sweet one! Kudos!

  20. Looks great in the bathroom but above that, you fixed it so nicely.

  21. I love your remodeled bathroom. You did an awesome job on the mirror.

  22. Hi Audrey,
    Wow I love this mirror you fixed up and the bathroom remodel is just gorgeous. I do hope you have a nice afternoon and weekend.

  23. I can't begin to imagine how someone could sell a near enough 200 year old mirror for ten cents! Fair play to you for taking it on.

    You've done an incredible job in restoring it to its prime, absolutely amazing! I'll be checking in to see what else you can spruce up.

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating


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