I know it's not as dramatic a change as we're used to seeing, and I actually had the paint ready to go but I just couldn't bring myself to put paint to mirror. Although it doesn't look too bad in these 'before' pictures the mirror was in really bad condition. The front of the mirror had turned grey from the sun, it was dry, rough and starting to splinter. All the sun and water and mud had taken its toll and the mirror was in a bad way. To revive it I:
- Took the panel off the back of the mirror.
- Removed the rusty nails.
- Removed the paper backing and glass mirror.
- Brushed the wooden frame to remove the leaves, dirt, dust, mud and other loose debris (I used a toothbrush for the smaller corners).
- Wiped the frame with a vinegar and water mix to get rid of stubborn grimy bits.
- Left the frame to dry.
- Cleaned the glass with vinegar, water and newspaper (the best way to clean glass!).
- Oiled the wooden frame by combining oil and vinegar and applying it with a rag.
- Then I reassembled the mirror (with a staple gun not nails).