One of the things I love most about my job is that I am able to recycle antique and vintage items. Something that would normally be thrown away I can see another use for. If you are blessed with this gift, you know how important it is for us to share our projects with others, so they can do the same. This way we can all put less in our landfills and enjoy the older generations items. These items are normally made with better quality woods and construction, so why wouldn’t we want to reinvent.
One of my favorite items I had found at a thrift store was some old screens. You know, the ones from the old homes where they would have to remove them every fall and put them back up in the spring. As a child, this became a family project in our home. We would have to wash them all before they were hung in the Spring. One of the many chores we did as kids.
When I found them I knew I loved the natural patina of the wood, but I had no idea at the time what I would do with them. But, at $10 each, they would be mine!! After staring at them for weeks I finally figured out what I needed to do. They would make perfect mirrors!!
I left the natural patina, which can be sealed, and had a glass and mirror shop measure the opening. We tore out the screens and attached mirror glue to the back edges and laid them on the floor to attach the mirrors.
These awesome mirrors are now throughout my home and are in my shop for sale. Such great memories go through my mind when I pass by them.