Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Flea Market Find

This old dresser is what we couldn't bring home with us
on Sunday at the Flea Market.

It's a beauty with wonderful details and original hardware.

The mirror is beveled but needs to be re-silvered but the fellow who I bought it from and who restores antiques told me of a GREAT way to restore old mirrors without the huge expense of getting them re-silvered.

Here's a great tip for you!

Take the mirror off the back of the piece so that you only have the mirror its self.
Set it on something level and pour muriatic acid on the back and let it set for about 10-15 minutes then scrape off the old silver. You'll end up with a beveled piece of glass.
Take the glass into a glass shop and have them cut a mirror to fit the old glass. He said he takes his to
a discount glass place and only pays about $20.
Put the mirror behind the beveled glass and put it together and you have
a new beveled glass mirror that you can't tell it
wasn't newly silvered!
And it only cost you about $20.

The plan is to put this in the bathroom as the sink vanity and install a vintage looking above the counter bowl
and faucets.

If this piece looks a bit too large in there we'll just use
the dresser you can see in the first picture on the left and I'll use this in our bedroom.

You can never have too much storage
in an old house!

I hope you're having a wonderful day.

Maura :)


Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

That will be beautiful! I actually like the patina of an old mirror... ever think of leaving as is? Either way it will be gorgeous in your bathroom!

Verde Farm said...

Oh Maura, I LOVE this piece. It is just beautiful...what a find. You did good lady!!
Amy at Verde Farm

The Bear's Blog said...

Dearest Maura,

What a beautiful piece of furniture. Do you know its history or how old it is?

However you decide to use it it certainly will be a treasured addition.

Thank you for sharing. Prudence & Sissy are eating (VERY noisy) their peanut butter & honey. They are quite a mess but want me to tell you that they love you beary much. I am the "mean mom" cause I won't let them near my computer until they are cleaned up. )o:

Sticky hugs from them both. Normal hugs from me.

Joyce a/k/a/ "mean mom"

Beatnheart said...

Great piece Maura..I even like the old glass that crumbling. A great tip..I would have never thought of it...

Jeanette said...

That is beatiful and I hope it works in the bathroom!

Linda said...

beautiful. can't wait to see the transformation.

Deb said...

There is a piece of furniture that you will have forever. Gorgeous!

Sherri said...

Oh Maura, what a gorgeous dresser!! I have a dresser like that but the top 2 drawers are bowed out like that-yours is just beautiful! Good luck with it! Thanks for the mirror tip-good to know!!

Brenda Kula said...

What a beautiful piece! Well worth the wait.

from my front porch... said...

It is just beautiful, Maura! Love it :)
And thanks for the tip.
One thing I always do when we buy a new piece or someone passes something on to us-write the date when we got it and where! If I know any original history, the date or where it came from, I include that! I usually write on the bottom of a drawer etc!
Waiting for bathroom redo! We also used an old dresser! Great minds think alike :)
xo, misha

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a beautiful piece, and a nice addition to your home! I would have snapped it up too!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh, so pretty! You really founds some fantastic treasures the other day. I'm drooling :-p....

Pondside said...

What a great idea - Can't wait to see the finished vanity.

Bearly Sane said...

Maura, your dressing table is full of character and you are a fountain of ideas...a wonderful comination! I love the grain in the timber...it's beautiful and I hope your idea for the bathroom works for you...will wait to see the results.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Please show how you turn it into a bathroom vanity...I'd love to see the steps!

Rural Revival said...

Storage is definitely an odd commodity in old houses and this, my dear, is an amazing storage or vanity piece. Great find!! Looking forward to seeing it in it's final destination.

Julie said...

What a great find! I can't wait to see how it turns out! I was thinking of doing to same thing with a dresser in a bathroom we are working on!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

yo have buffed it all up very well maura

Deborah said...

So nice!!!!
I love the way the drawers curve in the front...you've got yourself a beauty there!!

Deborah xo

Ann said...

Hi Maura,
What a gorgeous piece of oak furniture!! My hubby and I lived in KS for a couple of years, and I think that the best antiques can be found there...
Great find!:o)
The Tattered Tassel

Manuela@TPOH said...

What a gorgeous gorgeous piece of furniture! I love it. Either way, bathroom or bedroom it'll be gorgeous!


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Catherine said...

Hi Maura! it's such a beautiful piece of furniture.I love it; Wish you a lovely week end hugs Catherine

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Thank you for sharing this great mirror tip!
I have an old mirror that needs work and I'll give your tip a try. Thanks!


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