A couple months back, I traveled to see my step-daughter in a town about 100 miles away. We spent the afternoon running around shopping and visiting antique malls. In one particular mall we went to, I found a mirror that I was sure I wanted for my hallway. I’ve had the same wooden rectangular mirror in my hallway now for probably 25 years and I’d gotten a bug to replace it. I loved the mirror I saw; it was nothing like anything else I had in my house; it was oval and sort of 1960ish, but I thought it would look great. But somehow, during the course of the day, walking around the antique mall, I never made it back to the stall with that mirror in it and left without it.
My grandson loves to peruse the local thrift shops looking for great bargains and I have to admit, he is pretty good at finding them. Right before school started, we decided to spend the day rummaging through some of the local thrift shops when I came across a large oval mirror in a tan fake plastic basket weave pattern. I know these mirrors were popular back probably in the 70s. It was pretty ugly, but for $3.00, I figured it couldn’t hurt to buy it. Worse case scenario, it would end up back at the thrift store. I bought it and it laid in the back of my Jeep for several weeks until I finally took it out. I’d thought about the color I wanted to paint it and I finally settled on black. Many of my wall hangings have black frames, so why not? I found a can of spray paint in the garage, hauled a large piece of cardboard to the yard and proceeded to spray paint the frame. A couple days after I hung the mirror on the wall, I inherited a flower bouquet from my job. It came in a tall glass vase with brown and clear glass pebbles in the bottom of the vase. After the flowers died, I emptied the vase and had the glass pebbles drying on the counter. I kept looking them and suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. So just a little E6000 glue and I have a new to me artsy mirror!