Last week I picked up a vintage gilded mirror that is in almost perfect condition. It was extremely dusty when I bought it and I didn't realise exactly how good it was until I brought it home and cleaned it. I don't know why sellers don't put a little extra effort in and present their goods nicely. They would be able to demand a much higher price. Anyway let's just say I scored a good deal on this one.
On Saturday when the kids and Phil were out at basketball, I did a little house cleaning and faffing with pretty things. We are all a bit over living through the renovation and the dust and mess so it was nice to have it clean and pretty for a while anyway. Not long till it's all finished so we are trying to hold it together and not get too fed up. Anyway I decided to hang the mirror to get it off the floor. It can sit here behind the front door till I decide what to do with it.
Now the decisions are keep or sell, paint or leave as it. To tell you the truth I kind of love it in its gilded gaudiness. It's so OTT that I may just keep it as is for a while. Although I know it would look fabulous painted a more muted colour.
Like this one I have in my hallway...
or this lovely one by Leslie Stoker
Decisions, decisions. I think there is no wrong. I will just see what happens when the house is finished and if there's a good spot for it. At the moment, I feel like I'm on hold until the plywood wall comes down between the part of the house we are living and the new part.
Someone asked me about the painting reflected in the mirror. It's a watercolour I did many years ago of the buildings in Prague. I saw a t-shirt in the markets of Prague in similar colours and I wanted to capture it as I love the city very much. Nice fun backpacking memories. Although from the photo I can see that the glass needs a good clean - like most of our house at the moment.
What do you think of the mirror?