Before & After Wednesday: The Stacked Frame Mirror

December 17, 2014

A couple weeks ago I brought home a medicine cabinet that I scored from a local salvage warehouse.  Not needing a medicine cabinet, it was the mirrored cabinet door I fell in love with.  I'm sure I could have saved the cabinet and added legs and painted it with chalkboard paint and done something spectactularly crafty, but alas, even I (the keeper of all the things) have my limits.  And so does my basement.  So the cabinet was tossed, but the mirror was kept.

The medicine cabinet door was a beautifully framed mirror.  For being vintage (and in a salvage yard), the mirror and frame were in great condition.  So my first inclination was to take the mirrored door off and call it a day, but that wasn't enough.  The mirror needed more.  I mean sure it was fine; still very pretty, especially with a fresh coat of white paint but it was still "just" a mirror.  While I couldn't add-on to the actual mirror, I could build-up the mirror frame.  And since I'm incapable of keeping anything simple, that's exactly what we did.

Remember all those empty frames I've dragged home from yard sales, flea markets, etc?  Well, three of them were put to good use!  We cut each frame down to size to "fit" the medicine cabinet door.

 The second frame in from the front is the actual medicine cabinet door.  There is one frame attached on top, with two frames beneath it. 

The frames are graduated to capture each of their unique, vintage details.  I love how the corners line up!

The finish work on this guy was intense.  To start, if we create another one of these again, it's well worth the wait to make sure all the frames are painted before assembly.  It was tricky negotiating my paintbrush into some of the detail while attached!  Plus, the reveals are different since it's a mirror, vs. if the frames were used for a picture or other non-reflective material.  We talked about caulking some of the shadowlines where the frames meet, but ultimately we didn't.  We wanteded this piece to look like four distinct frames, not one giant frame made to just look like four frames, and the shadow lines help emphasize that detail.  

 

Through the added frames I was able to not only give the original medicine cabinet door mirror more height and width, but the frames also create a three-dimensional effect with the added depth.  This mirror comes off the wall towards the beholder (that sounds kinda creepy...). 

 

The Stacked Frame Mirror didn't hang around long! 

By the time the paint was barely dry, I was delivering it to a client.  And you'll never guess where it ended up!!

 Atop Beauty, our refinished china cabinet!  We still have a couple pieces we want to incorporate on to the top, but the Stacked Frame Mirror is a great start.  I suggested propping a mirror on to of Beauty for a couple reasons.  It's unexpected.  It's not too "china-y" (technical term) yet it still works to accentuate the cabinet and it's contents.  Also, with the clients high ceilings the mirror provides continued height to the piece itself. And lastly, the client loves mirrors as much as I love empty frames!  Work with what you love.  The Stacked Frame Mirror had enough varying dimension to it to work with the china cabinet, but not compete or overwhelm, while still maintaining visual interest.

 

*Phew*

 

You'd almost think I know what I'm talking about! 

 

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