How To Repair and Hang Pre-Drilled Mirror Frames?

How To Repair and Hang Pre-Drilled Mirror Frames?

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Regina Yunghans
Sep 23, 2014
(Image credit: Jooles)

Q: I was fortunate enough to pick up items at an auction of a formerly posh hotel. Two mirrors I snagged are beautiful, but were drilled right though the frame onto the wall presumably to prevent them from being stolen. I believe the frames are some sort of plaster - maybe someone could correct me on this?

My main concern is filling in these drill holes - should I just polyfill it and repaint the entire frame? Fill and try and patch the paint job? Any paint tips are welcomed - I like the finish as is and I'm unsure if I redo the whole frame it will come out as good. One of the frames also has damage on the side - could the same technique for the holes be used on this?

Bonus question - the mirror are quite heavy, size is 28" x 34". Any opinions on how to hang them? One will be hung over my bed and don't fancy waking up to shattered glass over me!

Thanks!

(Image credit: Jooles)
(Image credit: Jooles)
(Image credit: Jooles)

Sent by Jooles

Editor: Jooles, That looks like a gesso frame to me. I would research gesso frame restoration for a start. What do you think, readers? Leave your suggestions for Jooles in the comments - thanks!

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