Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Experiment - How to Age a Mirror...


The vignette below of antique mirrors layered with photos just about knocked my socks off! I'm not sure why, but the beveled glass mirror in the center caught my eye in particular. 

All About Vignettes - GOING TO DO THIS ONE!

I pinned this from All About Vignettes a while back.
I tried to trace it back to the original pinner, and got lost
at Little Blue Deer...so I don't know who originally pinned it.

I have experimented with turning clear glass into antique-looking mirror. I was pleased with those results, but I wanted to try removing new mirror to replicate an old, weathered splotchy finish.

Recently I found a mirror place mat for .99c at a thrift store. 


It was a bit scratched, which wouldn't affect my purpose for it, so for .99c, I nabbed it.


The first thing I did was fill a spray bottle with bleach. I laid the mirror face down on the porch and spritzed it, hoping to see silver being eaten away. It didn't happen. New-fangled mirror silvering is tougher than the vintage stuff - at least on this place mat.

Since there was still bleach dripping from the mirror, I didn't want to bring it inside. I slid it in between the architectural pieces I have weathering on my front porch.



The next morning, as I was getting ready to leave, I heard a noise, sort of like someone hammering across the street, or something a little metallic.

I looked outside to see of the man who mows my lawn was here...and what did I see?



The cutest little red bird, hovering and flying into the mirror trying to get to his twin (or maybe his competition.) Do any of you Audubon folks know what kind of bird this is? He's smaller than a Cardinal, and doesn't have the cute hat...



He's been back time and time again. I almost feel guilty...for either faking him out, or removing his fun. I considered hanging a mirror out where my cross usually hangs, but the little guy has made a bit of a mess, if you know what I mean. 

He's either admiring himself, or scared, or something, but he's made a birdy poo mess in an area near the mirror.

I've also noticed a couple of cats hanging around, probably hoping for an easy catch. Maybe I'll save his life by removing the mirror!

Encouraged, I got out my Citristrip. I remembered a tutorial by Rosemary at Villa Barnes from a while back...


When I applied the stripper, I left it for about 15 minutes. I went back outside and it looked like it had barely started working around the edges. So I waited a bit more. 

Then, I got antsy, and started scraping it. The finish came away easily, in spite of looking like it had not softened yet. 

I scraped much of it away, but left some of it. The back looked sort of gold and still very opaque.
So, I sprayed on the bleach and let it sit for a few minutes. I was hoping for a splotchy, aged look.

I had no idea what to expect, since this was a first-time experiment. 


The effect I got was a faded mirror-look, still reflective, but transparent. (It is still wet from rinsing.)

I removed much more of the mirror than I had intended, but I think I'll still be able to use this some way. All in all, I consider this experiment a success, but with different results than anticipated. 

And now, to find more mirrors to play around with... 

Word for the Day:
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Thrift Store & Garage Sale Finds...


I seriously had not planned to go to any garage sales or thrift stores today. Ethan made me do it. 


My eldest son phoned last night and said he'd found a Craig's List ad for a garage sale near me, and it had glass-blowing tools and supplies for a good price. He wondered if I might be planning to get out...and of course, being a "good mom" I headed out there first thing this morning. 

I ended up buying a box of stuff for him, which I think was probably worth quite a bit more than I paid for it. It will be an early birthday present.

While I was there, I looked around. There were some pretty cool things, and the prices were good. The little chest above was $2. I think It will not be painted...it's perfect like it is. It may go to my friend, Cathy, next weekend, if she likes it!



I also found a smallish painting in a nice gilded wood frame. It's a little "granny chic" but definitely not a paint-over canvas. I like it. 


The frame has a couple of areas with issues, but I have antique gold Rub 'N' Buff...

And the best part? It cost a buck. Garage sales are the bomb!

I also found a lovely silver dish with a lid. It was monogrammed, and not tarnished. 


I could see a hallmark, but had to get it home to read it. 

 

Google told me it means Electro Plated Nickle Silver. It may be English Sheffield, but the bearded man is a mystery. Any clues?


Each piece was marked $2, but I thought that was reasonable for a heavy piece with a lovely design.


I figure finding these nice things was maybe my reward for being a good mom today. It's nice to have an opportunity to be a good mom to adult kids. :)

Word for the Day:
Proverbs 14:26
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.

Possibly Linking With:
Sunday
Sundays at Home
Sunday’s Best
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Monday
Mod Mix Monday
Make it Pretty Monday
Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Vintage Inspiration Party
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Scoop
Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesday
What’s it Wednesday
Cottage Style Party
Drop it or Swap it Party
Thursday
Under $100 Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
Frugal Friday
Junkin’ Joe
Thrifty Things Friday
Saturday
Party Junk



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thrifty Life Thursday #32 With Features From Last Week!


This adorable chair is a recent purchase for less than $6...at a thrift store I visit occasionally. Most of my favorite thrifts do not have furniture.



I also found a couple of ironstone pieces there - seriously taped together so you can barely see what they are in this photo! Oh, well, it can be a surprise for later.

This place is more expensive for small items, but sometimes I can find furniture for a reasonable price.

I put the chair on my tiny stoop/porch, and I'm seriously debating with myself whether or not to paint it. 

My house is neutral - the paint color is "cafe au lait" and the windows and front door are painted a medium-dark gray. 



However, I do have a rusty green wagon out there...and I plan to fill it with mums and pumpkins again. 



I was considering moving the wagon to another part of the yard, so I'm leaning toward painting...some shade of white or gray. 

Maybe I can take some photos this weekend and get your opinion...


MEANWHILE...Take a look at the features from last week!

Sherry from Thrift My House shared a tasty banana treat, and no, it's not a food post. 



She found this mismatched furniture at a thrift store, her husband did surgery on the chair, and her daughter painted much of it. It is for her daughter's new solo occupancy bedroom. (Start 'em young, I say!) Go over and see the before photos. This family has skills!



Tania from Farragoz Designer's Notebook shared a really clever revision of a table. NO, it is not the dark gray piece on which the chair is sitting. Any guesses? You'll just have to visit to find out about the other table. BTW, a chair in a vignette! How cool is that?! You can consider this two creative ideas in one post - a lovely two-fer. 

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction is taking turns with Audrey to see who can be creative enough to be featured every week. 



Seriously, but when you see these chairs...how could I NOT feature them? (Ummm, forget you've seen them featured in the A-list blogs already, just enjoy your opportunity to see such lovely chairs in such a beautiful color one more time. Then, if you haven't yet, go to her blog and pin them.)


THRIFTY LIFE THURSDAY #32

Gathering Guidelines:

This is a gathering for people who enjoy hunting for treasures 
that may have previous experience or lived a former life elsewhere. 

Please share items that are second-hand or are composed of second-hand materials.

Types of Posts to Share:
    • Home decor, furniture, collectibles, garden items and even wearables are welcome, as long as they have a second-hand element.
    • Please, no food items, new pieces from "real" stores, or crafts, unless made with upcycled, thrifty finds.
    • Hand-me-downs and curbside finds are welcome, as are items found in thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, flea markets and other interesting places.
    • Treasures may be listed as you found them, or with your updates, tweaks, and re-purposes; befores and afters are both welcome.
    • Items need not be "vintage" but must be pre-owned or second hand.
    • Posts including Etsy and other shop links are welcome! For visitor enjoyment, please link to your blog post, not directly to your Etsy shop. 
    Etiquette:
      • Though it is not a requirement, it would be lovely if you would follow Revisionary Life  via Blogger, Bloglovin' or subscribe via email. Links are located in my sidebar to the right.
      • Please link your post (not your blog address) back to Revisionary Life.             
      • Please visit at least one other party friend.
      • I'd love for you to comment and introduce yourself if we've never met before. :) Otherwise, don't feel obligated to leave a comment. 
      Features:
      • Featured items must meet the criteria above. 
      • Only posts that link back may be featured.
      • I will try to leave a comment or email you and let you know if you were featured!

      Word for the Day:
      Hebrews 10:24-25
      24
       And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 
      25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, 
      but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.