Thrift Shop Federal Style Mirror/Key Holder Upcycle

September 21, 2018
 I found this federal/early American style mirror at a regional thrift shop recently.

The wood seemed to be maple in color which would fit into the early American time period.  But... I was surprised to find that it was made in China according to the sticky label on the back.

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I just love Caviar!  Not the fish eggs.  Dixie Belle Paint Company Paint in Caviar, a very rich black.

 I brushed two coats of CAVIAR on my find.

I distressed the edges and inner areas with 220 grit sandpaper, and wiped on a light coat of Dixie Belle Paint Company Best Dang Furniture Wax.  Then wiped off the excess in about 15 minutes.  I usually use an old tee shirt rag for waxing.  

The wax deepens the color, but a top coat is entirely not necessary with Dixie Belle Paint. 

When I opened the bottom magnetic door, I discovered the federal style mirror is also a key holder.  There were eight hooks across the top of the door compartment.

I added another one of my Tim Holtz Foundry Number tags.

Upcycle A Thrift Shop Mirror
I love the mirror/key holder in black!

Upcycle A Thrift Shop Mirror
Even if you don't need a key holder, it's a great little mirror!  Lots of neat detail.

Upcycle A Thrift Shop Mirror
See what's waiting for up-cycling at your local thrift shops!

Upcycle A Thrift Shop Mirror
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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