Yesterday when I was cleaning up the front room I found this old mirror in a box of frames I bought last spring at an auction. Now tell me, who would do something like this?
I could tell when I got this that this was a pretty old mirror and I knew that if I could get that horrible paint off, it might look pretty cool, but I had no idea what was under that ugly makeover someone gave it.
I got all my paint stripping supplies out and went to town on the thing.
Wow, what a difference! So cute! See the carved detail on the top and the feet. I didn't even know that would be there.
Top of mirror
Close up of feet
I loved this project! It was kind of hard to know when to stop. I left some of the black paint on and it just wasn't coming off of the sides of the legs and the sides of the top pieces, but I don't mind. I was planning on selling this on ebay, but now I don't know. I may have to keep it.
About half way through the stripping process I noticed a tag on the back that I never saw before that said "Patent Applied For June 9, 1883." After I saw that I realized that by stripping this myself I probably ruined the value of this mirror. At least that's what they would probably tell me on antiques roadshow. ha ha
I personally own very few items that would qualify as genuine "antiques." Most of my stuff would definitely be in the "vintage" category. I might just have to hang on to this one, at least for now.