I found myself in the depths of a hoarder's garage a few months ago. She was a mature woman living in a quiet suburban neighborhood. On the surface, she was a retired decorator. But as I spent 20 minutes or so visiting with her I realized she was a legit hoarder. I mean the kind you find on reality TV shows.
It was kind of exciting at first. I could only imagine the treasures this woman had collected over the years just waiting for me to unearth. Then it was sad as I began to realize the serious nature of her problem.
It was difficult to enter her garage and almost impossible to navigate. I found myself escorted through a narrow labyrinth where one wrong move could mean the unleashing of stores of furniture upon us. I unknowingly brushed against something, who knows what, that seemed to cause the beginnings of an avalanche. We both stopped, held our breath, and waited until the rumbling subsided. I continued to follow my host as she pointed out items of interest from this era and that designer...all of which she could not part with for various reasons. She needed to fix this leg or paint that table, of course.
Finally she did offer me a few pieces, one of which I purchased. It was a dilapidated old mirror with a story, I'm sure. Ugly, cracked, and forgotten, I was certain it was a treasure. So, I parted with $8.00 and my host parted with a piece of her, painfully, I'd guess.
I was right. The mirror was a treasure. Once cleaned, glued, painted, and placed on a wall to be admired, its true worth was evident. My daughter thought it may have once belonged to a mermaid. At least it looked like treasure rescued from the bottom of the sea. Its history unknown, I feel like it was a rescue of some sort.
By the way, it was a quick fix.
After cleaning and gluing the mirror, I covered the glass with paper and taped it down.
Then, I spray painted the wood with gold spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gloss Gold Spray Paint.
Next, I dry brushed it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. When you dry brush you are just trying to wash the color over your base color. I watered the Paris Grey down with water in a ratio of 1 part paint to 1 part water. Once you dip your brush in the paint mixture, dab off most of the paint from your brush. It should be so dry that it puts color down and yet leaves the base color showing through. You will hear your brush working when you dry brush paint on a piece.
And here it is...in all of its glory.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. - Napoleon Bonaparte