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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mirror, Mirror!

Hello ladies!
Mirrors of all shapes and sizes have always been very popular in my shop, and I am always on the hunt for more!  So, I was beyond thrilled when I discovered not one, but two gorgeous large vintage mirrors at an antique mall last week!

The first one that I am going to share with you (after her makeover, of course!) is made of Burwood.  The second, which I will show you in a bit, is Syroco.  Of course, they both began life as "gaudy gold"!  So, are you ready to see my new glamorous vintage  mirrors?
 Here is just a sneak peek!
 See, I told you it was gold!

Aaaaahhh!  So much better, don't you think?  Isn't it amazing what paint and a bit of distressing can do?
If you are unfamiliar with Burwood, it is just like Syroco, and made of a heavy resin like material.  The details are so amazing, you would never guess that the frame is not made of carved wood!

 Here's another close up of the beautiful details.  Love!
 Here is the Syroco mirror, they are both so gorgeous, it's impossible for me to pick a favorite!
 More of that "gaudy gold"!
 The Syroco mirror even came with it's original hang tag, which I was very surprised to see!  For the past year and a half or so, I've become an avid "Syroco huntress" (haha!), and have never come across a piece with its original tag til now!  I'll show it to you in a bit.
 The Burwood mirror has gone into my Etsy shop, and the Syroco one is headed there next!
 Did you know that Syroco products, which were made in Syracuse, New York, were exact reproductions of the original hand carved wood pieces?  That is the reason they are so incredibly realistic looking in their details.  By the way, the name "Syroco" was derived from a shortened version of "Syracuse Company".
Here is one last look!

I'm linking up todays post with White Wednesday, over at Faded Charm.  Do be sure to visit!


Susan said...

Oh, these mirrors are so pretty Donna! You've done a wonderful job with their transformations. Thank you for the info on Syroco. I always wondered about it.
Great finds!
Happy WW,

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great details on these Donna. You gave them a gorgeous lift.

Tete said...

You just keep finding these! I love them. I have seen them used in the garden with a collection hanging on the fence for a background. Makes it look like you have double the flowers. A great way to reflect all the hard work!
Hugs- Tete

Sandi said...

I hunt for syroco pieces too. I don't pick up as many as I did when I had a booth though. Your mirrors turned out GORGEOUS! Love them!!

NanaDiana said...

They look just gorgeous all gussied up with their white paint on! LOVE them. Do you take the mirrors out to paint them or just tape around? Big job either way, isn't it? xo Diana

Kim K. said...

You always do such great work, Donna.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

you are making me want to paint everything white!

Gail said...

These look great...I just bought a huge mirror to put in front of my desk...as the window is behind me I just didn't feel right when I was working but now the mirror has made my work space just right. Unfortunately it's just a plain wooden frame not one of these beauties that you have produced !! Thanks for sharing x

Love of the Sea said...

You did an amazing job transforming these two pieces. So pretty. You always score the best things to make even better!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Whistle ~ Whistle!
What a vision of beauty in white!

Ido said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I can never get tired of those type of mirrors!

Lynn Richards said...

I LOVE paint!!!!!
The mirrors look wonderful!

Material Girl Green said...

I love the 'new' mirrors! I love all things shabby, chic and vintage! I'm a new follower, check me out at http://materialgirlgreen.blogspot.com

Miss Gracie's House said...

That is interesting about syrocco...I always grab them when I find them too...they do paint up beautifully!