My pickin sister and I did a hit and run at an upscale thrift store. Once a year the store holds an annual sale and it is too good to miss. That is how I came across this mirror. Sue looked down and there the mirror was in broken glory. It didn’t scare me off, we both figured I could restore a thrift store mirror to new beauty.
There was a break in the frame. She and I agreed I could glue it and squeeze it together. I found out when I got it home I couldn’t. Maybe I’m not strong enough. Given my pack-rat tendencies, I knew I would figure it out and I did. I remembered I had small pieces of wood I bought for a clay pot ornament idea I have here and here for an example and got them out. The small rectangle piece slipped right in. I used the straight edge to cut a small piece out so it would fit and then glued it in.
After the glued dried I used wood filler to fill in the small gaps. After that dried I got out the mouse sander and sanded the area smooth.
Since I recently finished painting a vanity and matching bench I decided to paint this mirror in the same colors. If the vanity is still in the booth it will be a good companion piece. And if the vanity set did sell, the mirror will be neutral enough to blend in any style.
I didn’t use the extra bond in my first coat of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in buttermilk. I wanted the paint to chip to show the lovely dark stain. The second coat of the milk paint is in the Light Cream. I followed the directions that come with the paint.
To do this final step to restore a thrift store mirror to new beauty, I used the Tung Oil, two coats per the directions. It gives the piece such a nice smooth to the touch feel. I also rubbed it on the metal parts of the mirror which created a nice luster.
It was such an easy fix to restore a thrift store mirror to a new beauty that I hope if you come across one in your travels you snatch it up and restore it.
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Thrift Store Mirror Small Wood Rectangle
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