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Vintage Mirror Gets Revived

Every spring my hubby sets out for a local auction. He gets up super early and spends his day there. This year I actually got to go with. While we waited for the items we wanted to bid on Dave (the hubs) told me how when he was a kid he would go with his dad but his dad would hardly bid on anything. The bidding part at auctions are the thrill he told me. I have always been too scared to bid on anything at an auction until that day.

This was my firs bid ever and I won a vintage mirror. Well, I was the only one bidding too, haha! $1.00 got me this sweet mirror I am just a sucker for mirrors with carvings.

The Mirror Before

However had a lot of broken carvings, but if you know me you know that I love a challenge plus I think almost everything is worth saving.

If this is a true antique and worth some money I would restore this properly, however its not and I paid a buck so cutting the top off is acceptable for a restoration.

First I set up my new camera for this project to get a good idea of how well it can keep up with me. You can watch as this vintage mirror gets revived

After repairing all the damage I recolored my patching areas with a bronze to match the rest. Then after painting while the paint was still damp I wet distressed the carved areas to enhance those areas. I used a bronze glaze and a clear coat to finish it off.

Do you go to auctions? What is your favorite auction bid? I will for sure be going to more let me know know some tips.

Thanks for reading,

Tara Lou

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The Mirror After

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Tara Lou
<p>19 years ago, I started my path in furniture by preserving antique furniture, and restoring furniture after home disasters. More recently I have started working with clients to revive their furniture to todays fashions. When I’m not chipping my nails flipping furniture I am out with my kids hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening or hiking.</p>

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