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Blog entry by dakremer posted 12-03-2010 04:07 AM 4541 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey guys, i found this mirror out by the dumpster when i was taking the trash out tonight. It is missing the mirror part, but the frame is in GREAT shape – just a little dirty. Not sure what its made out of – looks like a mix of solid and particle/plywood

My question is how would you refinish it – or would you? I want to sell it. Should i just clean it up, put a mirror in it, and try to sell it that way, or should i paint it…or what do you think? any ideas would be great – its a huge mirror almost 5ft tall (or wide, however you want to hang it)

next question – how would i mount a mirror on the back of this thing so i can hang it up on the wall???? (3rd picture is of back of frame)

how much would you sell this thing for??



-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 04:23 AM

Another Dumpster Diver !
Just clean it and put a mirror in it before selling it.(A lot of people are afraid or don’t know where to go to get the mirror)
I don’t think I would repaint it either.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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dakremer

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 04:30 AM

yeah…i’m always looking for good dumpster deals :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 04:33 AM

If you are looking to sell it, I’d wipe it down, throw a coat or two of spay on poly, and put a mirror in it. It should sell for between $50 to $75 bucks.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Bearpie

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 04:34 AM

It looks great just the way it is! Although I can’t see just how dirty it is, I might hesitate to strip the thing! Maybe a damp rag and wipe it down then a dry rag. This would look great framing a wall hung bouquet of flowers in an elegant bracket. Many possibilities, don’t let it go too cheaply. Start out at $300. Easy to drop price down but hard to raise it later after setting a low price. Just because you got it “free” doesn’t mean you have to give it away!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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dakremer

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 04:40 AM

i think some windex and about a full roll of paper towels would probably clean it up perfect… how should i mount a mirror on the back? there is also nothing on the back to hang it on the wall….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Bearpie

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 04:46 AM

Another thing you could do is highlight the carvings with gold paint. What you do is use a rag and dab a bit of gold paint on the carvings then another rag to lightly wipe it off leaving the paint in the grooves and looking like the high parts got worn off. Just be careful not to use a freshly dipped rag but dab most of it off on an old towel so you do not load the grooves with paint.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Bearpie

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#7 posted 12-03-2010 04:49 AM

They do make brackets in a Z shape where you can screw in one end and the high side will hold the edge of the glass. Ace hardware has them. Ace also carries various ways to hang frames. There is one where it is a flat piece of metal with several holes and a loop on one end where you can put picture wires through. You will have to browse in the picture frame section.

Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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dakremer

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#8 posted 12-03-2010 04:56 AM

the problem is (if you see the last picture) on the back the two rims are flush with each other. You’d think the inside rim would be a little shallower so you could fit a mirror in there. That means when i mount the mirror on the back, it’ll be sticking out farther than the outside rim (does that make sense?) – so i’m not sure how i’m supposed to mount the mirror so the whole thing hangs on the wall flush

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Blake

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#9 posted 12-03-2010 05:35 AM

Are you sure it was a mirror frame? it might have been a picture frame. Maybe there was a canvas stretched around the back of that inner rim?

Also, I would not re-finish it. Just clean it up gently. I have a feeling a buyer would be more interested in its “potential” and whatever work/money you put into it may not be worth it. In fact, having a mirror cut into an oval is quite expensive and you probably won’t get a return on that investment either. You’re best bet might just be to post it on Craigslist and see what you can get for it. That way you are guaranteed 100% profit.

By the way, what is the white part made of? Fabric? Paint? Plastic?

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dakremer

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#10 posted 12-03-2010 05:53 AM

Hey Blake – after looking at it – i was thinking the same thing – it might not be a mirror. however – i was thinking i could mount a square mirror on the back because you’d never know the difference. I think turning it into a mirror would add a lot of value to it – but you are right – i really dont want to spend a lot of money on it. I have added a pic below of what the middle is – it looks like some kind of shell pattern – not sure if its plastic or what. I dont think it is stone… its a really nice piece….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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DrDirt

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#11 posted 12-03-2010 06:41 AM

I’d say windex and a toothbrush
don’t scrub too hard, these faux antiquing finishes on mdf can be a little delicate

I think like others, someone didn’t want to go through the hassle of getting a mirror cut to fit the thing.
It is a kind of odd shape

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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dannymac

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#12 posted 12-03-2010 06:57 AM

there seems to be some lighter patches on the back of the frame. are you sure it wasn’t a part of a stand mirror? also if you look at other mirrors that shape and detail in the frame , the mirror itself was likely beveled and i don’t imagine that would be cheap. and if there is any partical board in it’s construction it not going to be valueable enough to warrent the expense of beveled glass. thats no reason however not to use it as part of another project. if you stare at it long enough maybe you can see it as part of a door or maybe some kind of table top. i never pass up the chance to grab a piece of furniture from the side of the road on trash dayif it’s only to salvage the wood from it. i ever picked up a few valuable antiques that way. ya never know what some nitwits will through out.

-- dannymac

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lightweightladylefty

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#13 posted 12-03-2010 07:12 AM

Dakremer,

I think the inserts are capiz shell. It looks like an interesting find. We wish you success with it.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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dakremer

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#14 posted 12-03-2010 07:20 AM

The more I look at it I think it’d kind of look cool hanging from the ceiling as maybe like a pots/pans wrack. Maybe put some wire wracking in the middle. Maybe not – haha. I dont know.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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BertFlores58

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#15 posted 12-03-2010 08:04 AM

From the photo, the white shell like portion definitely laminated mother of pearl shells careful on this as this is breakable. If the frame is made up of plaster or wood, then you can make a hanger using keyhole maker. Best is to make a keyhole into a small wood for hanging and glue it on the back…
For the mirror, I suggest to just tape the mirror on the back then reinforce it with a 1/4 plywood backing attached to the frame. Also reinforced the mirror with clips on the frame using screw so that it will be always in the position.

-- Bert

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