I *may* have mentioned before that I have a thing for salvaging furniture. A few weeks ago I think I reached a new low. It was pouring rain and I should have been driving directly to Kindergarten so as not to be late. But it was Sperrmuell day on part of your route. Sperrmuell is the German term for the annual rubbish collection of furniture, electronic appliances and other oversized items. Basically anything one might normally throw into a skip is left on the footbath to be collected by the bin men. In short, my idea of heaven.
On this particular morning, I was in a rush but needed my fix of salvaging, now that I’d seen what day it was. Unfortunately there wasn’t time for more than a quick glance. I spotted kitchen cabinets being dumped, stopped for a nosey and picked up this cabinet door. The glass was gone and it was soaked from the rain. But I thought I might be inspired to upcyce it into something. I love internal windows in houses. That was my starting point.
To cut a long story short, it became a mirror. You may have spotted it in last week’s hall renovation post. Here is how I went about it.
|Clean the window frame and sand it, if necessary. Thankfully mine didn’t need sanding.|
|Paint with two coats of undercoat suitable for use on wood.|
A couple of weeks after I had finished and hung my mirror I was shopping and spotted the mirror in the photo below. I couldn’t help myself and had to look at the price tag on the back. €99! Mine cost me around €20 for the mirror, glue and hanging fixture I needed. I had the paints and brush already from other projects. But best of all, I had a great time working on it and that is priceless.