mirror, mirror . . .

Today’s post to share what the husband has been up to.

I keep on telling him he needs to start his own blog, instead of expecting me to share his goings-on here, but he’d rather be messing about in his work shop than blogging.  Anyhoot . . . he recently became the new owner of a very old (and very ugly) mirror.  I took one look at the thing and said “I don’t want that in the house!”.   I don’t know about you, but I’m not keen on mirrors on the walls in the house (except for one in the bathroom) because the only thing they reflect is an old woman with grey hair & wrinkles.  Not a pretty sight!

However, what the husband likes about his new (old) mirror is . . . it’s in need of lots of renovation work.

Someone, at some point in time, had painted over the frame in a yucky brown paint which the husband is painstakingly removing and discovering lots of detail hidden under the thick coat of brown.

He’s been googling, trying to date the mirror from the motif, as well as from the general style, shape, and the way it’s made.  He reckons it dates back to (approx) 1870 but more research is required.   The main problem he’s going to face is: how to repair the parts that need proper restoration.  The mirror appears to have been stored, standing on the floor in a very damp place for years (probably decades) and the band of stucco along the bottom of the mirror frame has disintegrated.

At the moment the husband is consdering the possibilty of making a silicone mold from one of the intact areas, to try and repeat the motif across the bottom in plaster.  Supplies will need to be bought in and trials run, to see if it’s at all possible.

He also needs to date the mirror more accurately in order to know what colour the original stucco should be painted.  A work in progress that’s keeping him amused.

9 thoughts on “mirror, mirror . . .

  1. Wow, your husband has a lot of patience to restore that mirror. I’m glad you’re posting about it because it will be interesting to follow his progress and to see the final result. The detail he’s uncovered is amazing.

  2. Good luck with the repair! I had an old frame and thought I would strip the black paint off it. Worked like a champ and showed the maple veneer beautifully. However, there was a dentifrice molding that disintergrated. Not sure if it was made from plaster or gesso. But the joints in the frame were never the same. I used to work in a frame shop. To purchase an ornate frame today is very expensive, enjoy this jewel of the past! They don’t make them like they used to.

  3. I doubt if he will want to hang it in the workshop after all that work! Brace yourself Claire – it will be indoors when finished. I actually like mirrors because they bounce the light around which is really helpful in this old, and therefore fairly dark, house. You ignore your reflection after a bit.

  4. I like mirrors to reflect the light too. Mr. T. is 6ft 4ins so all the mirrors get hung high – too high for me to see into thank goodness.
    What is it with painting decorative frames in horrible thick, dark paint? I’ll be interested to see if the silicone molding works,

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