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« on: January 29, 2012 02:31:22 PM »

 Last night at about 5 past midnight my mind started whirring about this old mirror that's been sitting in my drawer for at least 5 years.  It was my Nan's, and I snaffled it when she died, it was covered with years worth of hairspray, and much as I enjoy the image of her looking at her perm and spraying it solid using the mirror, it wasn't very nice to look at.  I washed it a bit overenthusiastically and water seeped into it, making the fabric go all brown and gross.  Last night I decided I could probably find that mirror, take it apart and recover it.  So I did...

I didn't get a before pic, I ate my coco pops then went straight into dismantling mode, but you can see in this photo the pink fabric that was on it before (top left)  and some cool vintage hovercraft card that was used as padding in the mirror too! 

To dismantle the mirror you need to unscrew the cap off the end  then pull the handle off , then pull the cap at the top of the handle down  then remove the metal frame around the mirror.  Then you need to draw round one of your pieces with the new fabric you want to use...I used this vintage flowery stuff someone gave me...and cut it out.  Next you have to sandwich all the layers back together again...mine went mirror, metal handle thingy, vintage hovercraft cardboard, new fabric, perspex cover and hold on to them really tight while you feed all of it into the metal frame.  This is the trickiest part and took several goes, in the end I had to take out a layer of cardboard (there were 2 originally) but I still only spent about 10 minutes fiddling with it.  Once you have the frame back on you can put the caps and handle back on and tighten it up again

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012 02:40:35 PM »

Great project!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012 05:36:26 PM »

Looks so pretty. Your Nan would be proud. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012 05:41:16 PM »

It's a lovely mirror. The new floral fabric makes it even more beautiful! Great job.

« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012 11:46:00 PM »

Thanks Cheesy

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