Project Eight: Button Mirror

Found Item: A round wood framed mirror, about 26″ in diameter

Where: Sherman Gardens condos, Evanston.   A post on Craigslist advertised an apartment sale a few blocks from where I work.  Nothing listed was a necessity, though the mention of All-Clad cookware was compelling.  It was the voice of the writer– enthusiastic without the need for exclamation points, intelligent organization of  the merch—that lured me over at lunchtime.   I knew the location, since a friend once lived in a ground level apartment in Sherman Gardens.  Good thing, because the elevators there are notoriously small, definitely not for the claustrophobic or wearers of large fur coats.

The seller, it turns out, was moving to northern California for two years’ work on an environmental project.  His college aged son would move in with friends, and he would put the apartment up for sale or rent, who knows in this market.

The All-Clad was sold to the first customers, I learned, but there was some cool glass dinnerware from the quirky Architect’s Wife and a Room&Board dining room table with chairs open to any offer.

buttonmirrorThe Makeover: Among the books and miscellaneous vitamin supplements, I bought the mirror for $8.  Subliminally, I was looking for a frame to re-use buttons.   From worn family clothes, my mother, mother-in-law and her mother’s ancient sewing stuff, I had a lot of buttons.  I brushed on glue, then arranged the buttons on the mirror frame.  When they had set, I sprayed on a layer of clear coat to protect from dust.

Materials: Elmer’s White glue, Krylon Clear Matte Polyurethane, white and cream mother-of-pearl and plastic buttons.  Believe it or not, I ran out.  Had to put out a button SOS to my sister, and I also purchased a half pound from Heather’s Cottage on Etsy.


One Response

  1. I found your blog when Heather (of Heather’s Cottage) told me about your fabulous mirror project. It turned out beautifully, and it looks particularly lovely on that purple wall. Merry Christmas to you!

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