Reclaimed Porch Ceiling Mirror Frame

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Project by JosephWasHere posted 09-06-2013 12:00 AM 1229 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While scrounging around I came across some blue painted lumber, tongue and grove with a beaded face. Initially I thought it was some old wainscot but then I remembered that back in the day, late 1800’s is my guess, folks would paint their porch ceiling blue. The reason for this was to confuse flies and the like. The reasoning is that the fly, once swatted at would say “Oh man, we gotta get outta here” and fly upward toward the blue sky. The fly, being about as sharp as wet liver, would spend the remainder of his time bouncing along the sky blue ceiling. Therefore, unable to pester his fellow porch mates.

Unfortunately, this reasoning falls short and the blue porch ceiling pest control method doesn’t really work. My guess is that after all that bouncing around the fly finally had some sense knocked into it.

A close-up of the corner of the mirror with the beading installed and the layout of the frame pieces. One of the things that I haven’t mentioned yet was the struggle of working with the old paint. The woods defining characteristic is the old blue paint and if you worked too hard with the wood it would just wipe right off. Considering how fragile the paint was I think I did about as well as can be expected, even so, you can see a where most of my time was spent at the miters as there is a little less paint there. The worst spots are where I slipped up and had a little glue squeeze out. Whatcha gonna do? I bet if I hadn’t mentioned it no one will have even noticed.

I cut the bead off some of the boards to trim out the bare wood on the sides of the inner and outer trim.

-- Joseph, Piedmont SC,

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 12:13 PM

Very nice!
Love that blue contrasted with the worn wood tones.
I think you did a great job preserving the paint, well done Joseph.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 09:35 PM

I think the colors look great in a home environment and don’t see how you could really screw up the rustic look.
Well built…..............

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 02:03 PM

Love it. It’s one beautiful mirror frame. Very nice and pleasing color and distressed look. Great work!

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