I've spent the weekend, stripping, and sanding and wire wooling. This was my granny's mirror. I remember standing in front of it when I was a little girl. I used to tie a cardigan round my head and pretend it was long hair. I used to spend hours looking at myself, not seeing the cardigan, only long flowing tresses thinking I looked liked a fairy princess. I obviously needed to get out more even then!
I've wanted to hang the mirror in the bathroom, but haven't liked the dark colour as a result of years of varnishing and I didn't think it would go with the wood we already have in there.
But, now I love it again. The varnish has been stripped away and the wood sanded with a fine sandpaper. The real difference came after hours of buffing up the frame with wire wool. It's now taken on a sheen and a mellowness that won't look out of place in the bathroom.
When I've finished painting round the door frame and a bit of skirting board I will put some pictures on here of the finished bathroom as promised back in the summer
You did a good job with that. Wire wool is an underrated tool. It wraps round fiddly mouldings. I love using the very fine grade.
Well done! It looks lovely as does your bathroom. Looking forward to more photos. Take care. Love Di xx
Lovely mirror, oh the hours we spend in front of them when we're young and the times we avoid them as we grow older. LOL
what a very special keepsake ...
Old wood is so rewarding to restore, and worth all the effort. That mirror is lovely!
How funny, you with your cardigan 'long hair'! I used to look at my toothpasty teeth through half-shut eyes and admire how I would look without a gap in my front teeth!
Yes, I have a gap in my front teeth too! I used to spend so much time admiring my cardigan hair that the gap went unnoticed! Apparently it's now very modern to have a gap between your two front teeth!
what a lovely family momento, much better stripped back.
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