I thought it might be fun for you to see before and afters of certain pieces in the shop. If there is a story behind it, I’ll try to tell it in posts like these. My first post is about a great mirror I picked up at an antique store. It was kind of hidden away and ignored but I loved the curves of the body of the mirror and the scroll work on the top.
While it was a pretty color on its own, there were some scratches and dings I needed to sand down, fill and such. Since the lines really screamed shabby chic/French country, that was the style I went for. The back has this great original wood that I assume someone used to reinforce the back when they moved it from a dresser (there are two holes on the side of the mirror) to hang it on the wall. The old, brittle wire was replaced with new picture wire.
It took a bit of love with filling, sanding, painting and polying the piece but I gave it a nice shine with glass cleaner. Some of the de-silvering spots around a few of the edges are present but it adds to the charm of the piece and I think any vintage lover would agree.
If you’re interested in owning this beautiful refinished mirror, you can see the listing here.