I was having to make a trip back to S.C. for my daughters orthodontist appointment, and so I was checking to see what was for sale on Craigslist in Greenville, South Carolina. I was still in the process of replacing things that I sold before we moved. I thought I would check just for the heck of it. I always do a search for the key word “french”, and I have been on a search for a french Louis Phillipe mirror for a while now. I have only seen antique ones on ebay, and reproduction ones on websites with a pretty hefty price. They usually start around $200.00 and the price goes up from there. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I found one for sale on Craigslist. I was also pleasantly surprised at the $50.00 asking price. I asked her if she would take $40. for it and she excepted my offer. This was an antique mirror not a reproduction, and they had brought it over with them from France. She and her husband moved to Greenville to work for the Michelin Company. Michelin is a French tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of France. She had the most beautiful French accent… I could have talked to her all day! She told me that the mirror had been in her husbands family forever, and I asked her “are you sure that you want to part with it”? She said they decided they needed to get rid of at least one of them, because they had too many of them. She said “we have one in every room in the house”, and she pointed to the beautiful gold one above their fireplace mantle. I reassured her that it was going to a good home, and that I loved it along with all things french. We talked about France of course, and she said she had to catch a flight that afternoon back to France. She said that she was going back for business and pleasure as well. She said that she would visit with family and also go skiing while she was there. She was an absolute joy to meet and talk with! She walked me out to my car, and spoke french to my daughter Kendall who is taking french. My daughter and I agreed that she was simply adorable!!!
The mirror was not in perfect condition, but I think it gives it more character along with showing it’s age as well. I debated if I should paint the frame around the mirror or not, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to change the original paint on it.
Now for my Goodwill lamps – I purchased these two vintage cherub lamps for $8.99 each. I didn’t like the orange ribbon and flower on them, but I knew that it would be a quick and fun little DIY project. I started by removing the ribbon and flower while my hot glue gun warmed up.
Here is what it looked like after removing the orange ribbon and flower.
I had purchased a lace top at the thrift store a while back, and I got it just for the purpose of using it for it’s pretty lace. It wasn’t my size, but the lace was so pretty that I knew I could use it for something. It sure did come in handy for this DIY lampshade project:)
I put a thin layer of hot glue along the inside of the top of the shade to attach the lace. I got the burlap flowers on sale at Michael’s craft store, and I just hot glued those on too. I decided to leave the lamps this antique gold color, because of the antique gold on the frame of the mirror.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project and craigslist find!
Until next time friends,