I have been so disappointed by many of my latest thrifting trips. Stuff is so expensive, or just ugly/unsalvageable. I guess I'm not on a winning streak, so thank goodness I found this recently!
For St. Louis readers, the Value Village that had been located off Watson Road moved into the adjacent shopping complex next to the antique mall, and that is where I found this clock:
Look at that fantastic detail, and I LOVE that there is a lot of interesting negative space created by the swirls and filigree:
As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew I would be tearing out the clock and turning the piece into another mirror.
For $3.93, couldn't pass it up!
Using pliers, I yanked out all the clock stuff. Then I bought a five-inch round mirror from Michael's for just $1.99.
I kept going back and forth on what color to paint this, and at one point I had considered mixing up a custom color and brushing it on, but there is just no way I was going to get my brush in all those nooks without it taking foooorreeevveerrr. So, I went with basic white. I know, it's boring, but just wait until you see the finished piece!
Ta da!! Using my hot glue gun, I adhered the mirror inside the space where the clock face had been.
I just love it.
I took this shot so you could get an idea of size/scale. The mirror itself is small, only 5 inches in diameter, but the swirling all around it is just the right size. Any bigger, and I think it would be overwhelming.
It definitely belongs on a brightly-colored wall, as the color showing through all the negative space is AWESOME and looks amazing against the white.
And a final reminder of how it looked in its "before" state: