Saturday, August 28, 2010

Antique Hand Mirrors


After we renovated our downstairs bathroom...I was looking for something to place on this wall. We decided to hang up these antique hand mirrors that we had purchased over the years. We originally saw the idea years ago in Country Living Magazine.
 
We found some plastic mirrors in green and ivory, and also some wood mirrors. I also have some silver plated hand mirrors that I am going to use in another room.

Once I figured out where I wanted each mirror to hang on the wall, Handy Man hung up screws. He then put plate hangers on the backs of the mirrors to hang them on the screws.

I liked the idea of having them hung at all different heights. I used seven of them here, to take up a good amount of space, but so that they wouldn't overwhelm the room. We get lots of comments from guests about the mirrors. I think they are a bit unexpected, but fun.

These antique hand mirrors aren't usually very expensive; most sell from $15 to $40, depending on condition and material. We collected these over a long period of time, without even knowing what we would do with them! I was just drawn to them, and after we saw the Country Living article, we put them up in a grouping in our last house. We did the same here.

I still watch for antique hand mirrors when we go to antique stores (along with vintage Fiesta dishes, of course). Is there anything that you watch for, or collect, when looking in antique or consignment stories?



14 comments:

Kristin said...

What a fun idea! Perfect use and means of display for a collection like that. I do not really collect anything, except for scrapbook supplies! LOL. But DH was a collector and I see some collecting "genes" in some of these kids . . . :)

Becky said...

I am so totally in love with this!!
must.....find....hand mirrors!

Becky
mrsbettierocker.blogspot.com
Visiting from Strut Your Stuff

Tricia Rose said...

That is an inspired way to show an enviable collection! I hope we get to see what you do with the silver ones too~

Suzanne said...

That is so cool! And fun. I liked it when I saw in in the magazine, but I like it even more now. Well done!

Bernadette said...

What a FANTASTIC collection. Love it to pieces.

Bernadette
www.b3homedesigns.blogspot.com

Nita@ModVintageLife said...

I remember seeing this in Country Living a long time ago and loving it. I love your version of it. I've done something similar in one of my bathrooms. I'll be showing on my blog very soon.

Sandy said...

This is special.. I just love old mirrors. I only have two, one from my grandmother and another my moms... great idea!
Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Jane said...

Your post caught my eye today as I was viewing the thumbnails on SNS on Funky Junk Interiors. I have a collection of about 20 vintage hand mirrors that I am going to hang in my guest bathroom once I get it painted. I enjoyed seeing a picture of what it could look like once I get them hung. Thanks!
Jane

Shannon Olson said...

Very nice idea.

Bettsi said...

Very cute! I have couple hung in my living room with a variety of mirrors. I really like the impact of having an entire grouping. Thanks for the idea!

Cristie said...

What a great idea...love it.

Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

This is so cool! I have an old antique hand mirror that I've been wanting to do something with, but the mirror is broken out of mine. I've been thinking about painting the broken mirror part with chalkboard paint. It's all about the chalkboard paint, right? Lol! Thanks for sharing.

Liz@Its A Blog Party said...

What a great idea!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Kathy said...

I saw the same article a long time ago & have since been collecting.... I have them hung in my beauty shop. I like the way you hung them, I did mine with ribbons. I may copy & do what you did with the hangers.
Yours looks Great!!!

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