Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Louis Philippetize' A Square Mirror

As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away, --
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.

A quietness distilled,
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.

The dusk drew earlier in,
The morning foreign shone, --
A courteous, yet harrowing grace,
As guest who would be gone.

And thus, without a wing,
Or service of a keel,
Our summer made her light escape
Into the beautiful.

--As Imperceptibly as Grief  by Emily Dickinson

Love those French 19th century Louis Philippe mirrors but can’t find or afford them?  
Here’s how I turned a pair of common square yard sale mirrors into rounded corner Louis Philippeish versions.

Remove glass and clamp your work to a work table with wood clamps.  
Mark a curve in pencil.
Don gloves and safety goggles.
Use a scroll saw with a 3/8" wood cutting blade and round it off.
It takes 10 minutes.
You don't have to be a guy to do this.  
Trust me.

Smoosh putty or craft clay into the top two corners.
Round off with a kitchen knife, sand when dry.
I put a line in to mimic the joint.

I didn't care for the blue paint on this $2 mirror so I repainted it white 
and rubbed on antiquing glaze (Valspar, Lowe's, $12).  
The crazing pops right back up when you do this.
Keep a bottle of glaze in your craft kit if you redo yard sale finds...unbeatable stuff.

I'm loco over the patina of the glass resembling 19th century foxed mercury glass.  This mirror was left outdoors, possibly for years.

I can't believe my luck at finding it for $2 at a yard sale selling hunting gear and man things.
I'll refinish the other (newer) mirror like this and share with you.

Until next time, stay shabby!

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

P.S. - Big weekend getaway giveaway over at the Na-Da Farm!

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My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Your mirrors are lovely! I think I may try your technique to round out the corners. I love the result. So pretty!


Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
I'm so happy to see you pop up on the sidebar, I miss your lovely posts!
Your mirror make over is beautiful, easy and so effective!!
Lovely new profile pic, Though I miss Zuzu, will she forgive you :-)

Madelief said...

Beautiful poem and mirror!

Madelief x

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

I love such scaly mirrors...for me the best! I made frame for one some weeks's rare thing. Congratulations!

A Cottage Muse said...

This is beautiful Sandy...thank you for giving us a step by step!

d e l i g h t said...

The poem is perfect with your post! What a great idea to round the corners and your mirrors are lovely and for a steal!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Sandy ~ I love your mirror
idea!! I cannot wait to try it!


Creative Wings Boutique said...

what a wonderful mirror....just luv ur makeover

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice job Sandy. I love the imperfections.

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweet Sandy!
I <3 your do-it-yourself ideas!!!
The mirror looks beautiful with the rounded corners!
I also want the French rounded mirrors but as you sat they are very expensive and hard to find.
Wishing you a wonderful day!

Rhonda said...

Do I ever love, can't afford it or find it, make your own, posts!

I am always creating make my own in my little studio. This mirror is going on my list of to do's.

Merci, Sandy, you just made my day!
I'm off to Lowe's this afternoon.
xo Rhonda

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

So lovely...looks like its right out of a french decor book,so glad I found your blog!!!

Faded Charm said...

Love your idea to round the corners of mirrors you already have. Great patina on them:-)


kerrie of sea cottage said...

Isn't that clever. You are so smart and a true craftsman. I do love the Emily Dickensen poem. I don't know if you have an Ikea near you but they do have a very large mirror with the curves for $99. I know it is not the same as an antique one but they did paint it with a crackly finish and I just love mine! ox

stefanie said...

I love old mirrors!!! yours are perfect!!!

Curtains In My Tree said...

There is nothing better than a 2 dollar find

lovin the round corner mirrors


Sizzle and Zoom said...

Thanks Kerrie for the Ikea idea. I love blogging. I see amazing things like your mirror, Sandy and then Kerrie tells me where to buy it(I'm not very DIY).

cheshire said...


I have been watching your work from 4 months ago then i started a dollhouse inspired on yout studio. You can see it on my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

ann said...

I enjoyed the Emily Dickinson's poem. She is my favorite American poet. The mirror frames bring character and charm to the spot where you hang them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy,
It turned out beautiful and i adore the aged mirror from a time gone by,just beautiful,
Love to you Dear girl xx

Olivia said...

Hello darling friend...gorgeous mirror and what a deal! Ahhh, October is almost here and I would like to hang onto some of the warm weather, but the seasons in our life are set to change whether we want them to or not...

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

AmAzing Mirrors!!! ALWAYS LoVe the Silver-Loss P*A*T*I*N*A... Thanks for the "re-do" hints...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Candylei said...

Woohoo! I believe you can make anything ordinary into something extraordinary! Month after month you do it. ;-)

Bee happy said...

I found your wonderful blog through Rachel Ashwell's new book, love Rachel and you! Your mirros are gorgeous, so pretty!

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Katherines Corner said...

They turned out lovely Sandy!! Well done and oh so shabby Hugs and wishes for a joy filled weekend. xo

New End Studio said...

Hi Sandy, thanks for visiting me re: peacock stalker and laughing with me. Beautiful mirrors, I like the cracking and patina, too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I love these old mirrows.

Regards from Sweden

ArtigianoJewelBox said...

what a great project... thank you! :)

Be Well Gifts said...

Beautiful, I'm visiting from be Well Gifts :-) Hugs and wishes for a joy filled weekend, Katherine

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for linking up to the Thursday favorite things blog hop. Big Hugs!

Gwendolyn said...

You have a gorgeous and charming blog. I am your newest follower.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Sandy, I am loco over you!! You are brilliant.
Have a pretty day my FRIEND.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Sandy,

You are a talented girl for handling this mirror the way you did restore it. Looks nice and old.
Have a great fall and love to you,


Hampton said...

Greetings from Madrid.Congratulations on your blog! We love it.

Ozma of Odds said...

...i LOVE your tutorials!!
i have been gathering supplies for the all to fabulous candelabra ~ Jeanne d'Arc style, and now, i must keep my out out for old mirrors!!

LOVE IT! thanks for inspiring us sweets!
xo, Rosemary

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great mirrors and wonderful tutorial. I love antiqued mirror glass, too. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sandy! How are you? :) Your mirrors are just gorgeous- what a great idea to round them!! They turned out so pretty- I love the old mottled glass too! Happy you joined in at Feathered Nest Friday this week~ sharing this at the party tonight!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Sandy! Gotta love a gal with a power tool! lol! Your mirrors turned out so vintage pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

xoox laurie

Anonymous said...

I love your beautiful Blog. Merry Christmas to you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a beautiful Blog. Merry Christmas to you!

Anonymous said...

i just discovered your blog and love it. The giveaway is fantastic and i will cross my fingers. Cheryl Liberty

Anonymous said...

I'm always blown away by the beauty and creativity of what you do. I am inspired. Sandy C


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