So have you ever seen those fancy french hall console tables with all the carvings, and the mirror on top in those giant houses with halls 30 feet across? But you are stuck in your all white apartment with 2 feet of space and your budget is 15$ not 15000$? Ya me too.
So today will will REPURPOSE an beat up old antique dresser mirror and it's harp to fake the elegance of those console tables. Now generally I hate the whole DESTROY perfectly good antiques with chalk paint trend..but in this case we will make an exception, because there are a lot of these mirrors around and they really are hard to use..forgive me my trespasses. Try at least to use one that is really beat up.
vintage dresser mirror and harp
Narrow Piece of wood or shelf
A few screws
Some wire to hang
Paint and Brush
Sandpaper or steel wool
The big bucks french hall console table we are faking
Step 1: Step 1: Off to the Garage Sale or Classifieds (or Basement)
This project is so trivially easy it is quite funny.
First you beg borrow or steal, a beat up vintage dresser mirror with some fancy shape and some mouldings. The taller the harp (the frame holding the mirror) is the better it will look.
Ideally it will come with a chunk of wood for a shelf too.If not just buy any sized piece of wood you want and cut to fit. Round the corners or make some curves with a jigsaw if you want.
Step 2: Step 2: Dissasemble It and Paint It the Colour of Your Choice (white Shown)
Really, it is that simple. Take it apart, sand it a bit, and paint it. (you may remove or tape off the mirror) You dont have to be talented, or skilled, or anything. Let your kids do it if need be.
Now watch the paint dry. (Fun right?)
Save the harp swivel hardware to string some wire though it to hang the pieces (or screw it right to the wall)
Put the mirror back in (if you didnt just tape it).
Screw the shelf (just a flat piece of wood will do...make fancy corners if you want) to the originally bottom but now top of the mirror harp (predrill if need be).
Hang on the wall.
You now have your low clearance french console table. Tah-dah!
Step 3: Make 5 or 6 of Them at Once and Sell Them at Your Local Consignment Shop for Real Money!
These will fly out the door if you sell them or make them for friends!