|Project by groovy_man_6||posted 11-08-2010 03:11 AM||1819 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
Who has been to Brimfield, MA? Well if you have, you’ll know there’s a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) antique fair there 3-times a year… One time we were there, my lady-friend fell in love with these mirrors that were framed with old tin ceiling tiles—GREAT, so we’re like, “how much?”—- they’re like, ”$800, $1000”
So I decided to make her one for her birthday last year—I bought some old reclaimed tin ceiling tiles from someone on Ebay—scraped the toxic lead paint off them for like 5 hours (with a respirator of course) and then got down to business.
It was one of the harder projects actually because I had to come up with the construction details and design from scratch (see drawing), but I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s SOLID, weighs about ~80 lbs, and should last many years to come. The paint distressing took some research and practice. Thanks to Eli Cleveland/Tommy MacDonald for inspiring me to try more hand-tool work on the outer frame which made the 45 deg. joints come out almost perfectly!
The lady friend LOVES it. ;-)