Antique Hardware and a New Mirror

After we repainted the master bedroom the old mirrors above the bureau didn’t seem to fit in or match. The gold I had painted the square target frames I picked up inexpensively wasn’t quite right and honestly I was looking for something a little more sophisticated this time around.  I found a really nice oval mirror on Joss and Main for about $100.  It has a thick silver border and hangs from a brown leather belt that matches width, about 2-3″ wide. I thought the belt was a nice nod to “dressing” which certainly happens to occur in this room.

Mirror

Mirror

The mirror can hang independently, which is great since I wouldn’t want to rely on the belt alone. I wanted to give the impression that the belt was hanging off an antique doorknob, due to it’s thickness, and that’s when I got to do a little craft. I have a couple of antique doors in the basement that I have ideas for and they came with all sorts of antique hardware including one with a white porcelain knob.  Old knobs are traditionally a mortise lock set so are hollow in the back. In order to attach the knob to the wall, I’d have to add a screw of sorts to add it to the drywall and fill the hollow area with resin to hold the screw. It’s hard to describe, but maybe the pictures will show what I mean.

Antique door knob hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I bought a general craft resin off of Amazon and hope I can think of more projects to do with it – I have a ton left over!  To avoid the resin leaking out of the screw holes on the side of the knob,  I wrapped the metal base in scotch tape to cover the openings. Antique door knob hanger

I then followed the instructions on the package and mixed equal parts of both the Resin and the Hardener in a disposable cup.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I filled the hollow portion of the knob, inserted the screw for the anchor and let it set up for 24+ hours making sure the screw was setting up vertically and not angled to the side in any way.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Once it was set up I glued the back plate on with gorilla glue and allowed that to set.  That was a personal preference for sure. I thought the back plate would look nice and add some visual weight behind the knob on the wall.  We worked together to find a comfortable hanging height and up it went.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

The oval shape is a great to accommodate the height differences of Jake and myself. It’s nice that I can choose earrings but Jake and can still take a peek at himself after getting ready. It also really compliments the feel of the room being a bit more sophisticated and understated, but unique enough to feel collected and thoughtful.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

It’s nice making these small updates to our master bedroom slowly now that I finally feel more comfortable with the color and feeling of the space. We’ve added some art pieces from Minted that give us the feeling of some memorable vacations and make our environment feel really personal.

Admittedly we’re moving slowly with the spaces we’re working on now, but more conscientiously if that makes sense at all. I have no regrets about it. Taking our time to fill walls with art, choose paint colors, pick furniture and even lay the flooring in the mudroom is allowing us time to digest each decision and not just rush to completion.  I think the stumbling along the way (like with Drizzle) are good learning experiences and allow us to accept this slow-down with ease.  You have to make some sour lemonade now and again to figure out the perfect balance of sour and sweet. We’re 5 years into this house and still learning along the way…that’s the fun of it, right?

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