Serendipity


 


Hi Cottage Friends,

Several months ago, my blogger friend Kris of the blog Junk Chic Cottage revealed a fabulous vintage stacked mirror that she and Terry her handy, dandy hubby created by layering vintage picture frames and adding a mirror, which Terry cut to fit. When I saw the mirror it was love at first sight. Ooh, I just had to find a way to replicate that mirror!


So, I began the hunt in my favorite thrift stores to see what I could come up with to make my decor dream come true. 

Truthfully, it wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. I found lots of frames, but none that were the right size or shape to fit together.

But then, one day when I wasn't really looking for frames, I found this mirror for $5. 


I loved the style, but there was one problem with it. At some point the mirror backing had been scratched off, probably to add a decorative element -- perhaps a photo, or something like that. So, I started to look at options. Could I replace the mirror? Nope. Not without destroying the frame -- it's all heavily glued together. Could I repair the mirror? Not really. It's an expensive thing to have professionally done. DIYing didn't seem to be an option. Could I find a second mirror to glue over the existing mirror? I tried to find something, but nothing turned up.

Weeks went by and I was stymied. I began to think about doing something besides a mirror. Maybe create a piece of art. Nothing seemed to click, so I put the mirror away until some amazing idea came to me.

But then. . .serendipity: an unplanned fortunate discovery. One day while thrifting I discovered this mirror.


I held it up and wondered if it would fit in the center of the first mirror. Hmmm. Maybe. At $2.99 I figured it was worth a try. If it didn't fit, I'd find a place for it somewhere.

So I took it home, found my first mirror and yup!
It fit. Perfectly.


I'll glue the mirror to the center and paint everything. Probably do a little distressing, because you know. . .that's what I do. Right?

Stay tuned for the final reveal. I'm kind of excited about this.

Hugs,





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    1. Thanks, Btenda. I'm really happy I found these two pieces.

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  2. Oh sweet Nancy. You found some great frames. I cannot wait to see this finished. xoxo

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  3. Absolutely serendipity! Looking forward to seeing it when you work your magic with paint and distressing.

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    1. Thanks, Pam. This particular project will be a learning experience for me!

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  4. What a clever idea. This way you get to enjoy the layers of lovely framing
    and have a mirror too. Will be looking to see the finished project, yet another
    one to keep you busy as ever. Lynn XX

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    1. Yes. Very busy. I guess I must like that, Lynn. :)

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  5. Amazing that it fit! As you say serendipity. And it will be beautiful painted and distressed.

    Carla from Kansas

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    1. That is a WINNER Nancy . . .
      Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

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    2. I only hope I can do it justice! :)

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  6. I'm excited for you! I love, love pretty things. Especially the kind we create ourselves. Can't wait to see the final creation.

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    1. There's great satisfaction in creating pretty things, Kathy. I have to say I don't get the same feeling from purchasing retail items off the shelf. That's not to say I never do, it's just that they don't give me the joy I get from creating.

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  7. Serendipity indeed!! Can't wait for the big reveal...and aren't Kris and Terry the best? I keep telling her they need their own show! Hugs!!

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  8. It will look awesome once painted. I am a mirror a holic. Since owning a tiny house and a tiny farm house I have collected even more. Tiny rooms definitely need mirrors. I have layered mirrors for a long time, hanging empty frames on mirrors as well as art. I wish we lived closer because I have a very similar vintage mirror in my shed that I would gift you, as shipping would be very expensive. I used to sell lots of mirrors in my antique booths. Mixing up the shapes of frames to overlay on top of mirrors also works well. Just so you know they do have a spray paint that comes in mercury glass or mirror effect, made by Rust oleum. I have been away from blog land for some time so will try to see what you have been up to. Blessings.

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    1. Actually, I looked into the spray paint that gives that mirror effect, but the reviews were mixed and I didn't feel like I wanted to spend the money for something that might not give me the result I wanted. Your cottage farmhouse is filled with pretty things. Good to hear from you.

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  9. I think I would paint the new mirror a soft gold to match the larger one. It is such a restful tone of gold and shows off the scroll work so well. But, either way, the two will make a lovely piece .

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  10. just when one isn't looking, wallah, the answer presents itself! will be looking forward to the new look. thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think it's more fun to find things when we aren't necessarily looking for them. It brings a smile to my face. Have a great day, Susan.

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  11. I'm excited as well, the fairies were smiling at you.
    Amalia
    xo

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