Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Regency Eagle Gilt Wood Convex Mirror
Now, there’s a mouth full! This style of mirror was originally popular in America during the Federal period, 1785-1820.  It would have been carved from wood, usually using an eagle motif, gilded in gold with a convex mirror.  (Convex is when the surface of the mirror bulges forward instead of flat.) An antique convex mirror from this period could be valued at $35,000 or more!
Needless to say, this is NOT one of those!
This mirror is a Bassett Mirror Company “knock-off”. A “knock-off” is when a  company takes an antique or high end piece and changes it slightly in order to legally produce it.  Usually at a much lower and more affordable price.  It happens ALL the time. In EVERY industry. My dad worked over 40 years for Bassett Furniture Industries and Bassett Mirror Co. He bought this mirror sometime around the late 60′s/early 70′s. I can remember it hanging in my childhood home in Virginia.  Does anyone else remember a similar mirror from your parents or grandparents home?
My Mom said she would not use it again and asked if I would like to have it. Well, YES!  Though I didn’t have a clue where I would put it,I said I’ll take it! So…I carefully wrapped it up and stowed it under the back seat of the car to make the trip home from North Carolina to Oklahoma. (You can imagine how delighted my husband was when I said I had something else to pack in the car! He should be used to it by now.  It happens almost every trip!)
I knew I would be happier with the mirror if the gold was toned down. I set to work painting plain black craft paint over the gold and then wiping it off to achieve the look I wanted.  Very easy! 10 minutes…tops!
Still not sure where the mirror needed to go, I carried it around the house imagining it on first this wall and then another.  I decided the alcove above my fridge was just the place! I switched around a few things and hung the mirror. This mirror is EXTREMELY heavy! So I felt safer putting it up here out of the way.
Light plays off the mirror and really brightens up this little nook! For me, it brings a touch of sentimentality and nostalgia to my kitchen!
When we built the house, I had the electrician wire the outlet above the fridge to a switch. 
All of my above cabinet lights, along with this lamp, can easily be turned on at the switch! (I love this!) If you’re like me and like to place lamps in  hard to reach places, ask your electrician if it can be wired to a switch.  Often, it can.
It’s nice just to switch things up now and then.  This is a minor change, but a change of scenery is always a good thing!
Have  Blessed Day!


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28 Responses to Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

  1. Kim says:

    How pretty! You are so lucky to inherit this mirror, I really like the spot you found for it. No, no one related to me had one of these–I guess we didn’t have as good of taste :P.

  2. Ooohhh I love what you did w/ the mirror! I have to say I wasn’t a fan at first but after you toned down the gold and placed it on the shelf with the other items, it really looks incredible!!

  3. Debbie says:

    FANTASTIC! I love how you changed the color up a tad, and where you hung it looks awesome with the entire little vignette. You are soooo good! Thanks again for joining me. Debbie

  4. That looks so good and I love that nook.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Sonya! Every time I see more of your house I feel so happy that I found your blog! You have such great style and it is so nice to find folks who appreciate the traditional, even while putting a twist on it! Now, I need to go back through your posts and find some more pics of your gorgeous kitchen! :-)

  6. Hi Sonya ~ what a delightful mirror. You’ve transformed it ever so slightly so it fits in better with your style. Love that you have such fond memories of this particular mirror that now hangs in your home. Those precious hand-me-downs are absolutely priceless!

  7. Stacy says:

    The mirror looks great, Sis, and I love where you placed it. You have such creative imagination!

  8. Laurie Jones says:

    I’m a sucker for those mirrors, yours looks great!

  9. Mari says:



  10. Love the mirror, and the darker finish is wonderful. Your vignette is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  11. Susan says:

    Your vignette above your refrigerator is awesome!! It makes it look so homey and warm!!

  12. Gypsy Heart says:

    I love what you did to it ~ looks fabulous! The all gold was too much for me too. Such a great idea to have an electrician wire out of the way spaces to be used with a switch. That nook looks so neat with the lamp there.

    Hope you’re having a good week!

  13. I enjoyed seeing what you did with that mirror. Nostalgia has a place for us all, and when you can fit it into your decor, all the better! Loved the lamp in the cupboard…but then again I love all lamp light!! So much better than overhead and recessed lighting, n’est pas?

  14. This mirror is a true treasure, and it’s new finish makes it stunning! I love the muted, yet rich new look.

  15. I love what you did with it. Looks totally different. Aunt B may be wanting to take it back in her car next time she visits! :)

  16. Love it! Looks fantastic- I love your cupboard too! :)

  17. Pam says:

    Love the mirror and absolutely love that nook. How great that you have electric up there.

  18. Wonderful…your toning down worked wonders and now it’s beautiful!
    Love the wiring tip!


  19. I love convex mirrors and your update is superb!

  20. sheri says:

    Looks great sis… jealous you got it though! Just remember me if you get tired of it.

  21. Oh I just love this mirror and where you put it, how cozy it looks and I love the nostalgia of it.
    Also aren’t you clever in having that switch wired in!
    Thanks for coming by and your sweet comments about the table. It was a blast to do!

  22. Lindy says:

    I have a very similar mirror I’ve had for ten years or more and I love it. I always find a place for it no matter where I live. I did the same thing to it, antiquing it to tone it down a little a couple of years ago. Yours is adorable and I love where you placed it!

  23. Meredith says:

    What a wonderful job you did of updating that mirror to fit your decor without changing it completely! Cudos to you!
    Visiting from Frugal Friday :)


  24. Darla says:

    I love the look of the mirror better now. What an adorable display area for it!

  25. I love the traditional feel of this, looks great! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence’s Under $100 linky party.

  26. Meg says:

    It’s a beautiful transformation and works perfectly in your nook. I love it!

  27. Hanna says:

    Hi there! I am your newest follower!! I found you on the weekend link up! I love finding new blog and yours is lovely:) You can find me at http://www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    This mirror is beautiful and so is everything else about your blog:)

  28. Jaybird says:

    I love your mirror, the position of it and the info about the wiring!!
    When my parents married in 1944, one of their most treasured wedding gifts was a pair of smaller convex mirrors with eagles!! The darker patina developed naturally over all the years, and the pair is now hanging with pride, in my living room. Beside it is a picture of the mirror gift as it was opened on January 31, 1944. Makes me smile almost as big as I am smiling now as I share the story with you!!
    Thank you for the opportunity!