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  1. nancegalleries
    June 26, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I think a shallow, built-in bookcase would be very nice under there. Looks great Victoria.

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  2. Stacey
    June 26, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    This man totally loves you!!!! Oh the things our guys will do to keep us happy… they amaze me. And this is INCREDIBLE! I can only imagine the complete terror you felt driving down the interstate with that baby on top! I’d be holding my breath screaming the whole time! (holding your breath while you scream is really hard to do! HA!) I have to say that I loved the idea of you making into into a headboard with the padded insert…but this might be even better!!! This thing is a beast. A beautiful beast! I can imagine you standing back looking at it for extended periods of time getting lost in the way it turned out and how excited you are to have it. Wow, I know that feeling.
    Really beautiful, Victoria. Another amazing project complete with the best story ever. Good job!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 27, 2012 @ 7:02 am

      What WOULD we do without them? I really have no idea… I’d like to think we’d figure out how to haul a hundred pounds of mirror ourselves. But? That seems really unlikely. It’s so nice to let someone else orchestrate the hard part!

      I really loved the headboard idea. The bed we have now is fine… antique-replica thing. But I don’t love it, and it has footposts that are really tall, and I don’t like how they chop the room up. This would have been a great solution… if we had 12 foot ceilings upstairs! Oh well, the mirror turned out fine and the hallway seems twice as big and bright. Plus, who knows how my headboard-tufting skills are!! Maybe I avoided frustration/disaster!!

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  3. Linn @ The Home Project
    June 26, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    I love it! What a substantial piece of furniture. And now it has such a nice story of how it entered your home! And I agree with Nance, built-in bookcases underneath would be perfection.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 27, 2012 @ 7:03 am

      Substantial is right! Every time I walk by it, I’m like WOW! That’s huge! Good thing I love giant shiny things!!

      I’m definitely sold on the bookcase idea… I’m going to wait a while before floating the idea. You know, let Paul forget about the original annoyances of the project, before suggesting new ones!!

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      • Yvonne Angus
        March 8, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

        I love the bookcase idea…AND a GF chandelier! How beautiful to see it reflected in the mirror from downstairs!

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  4. Karen B.
    June 26, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Victoria,
    This is so fabulous. I can’t believe the decorative parts are plaster, and that there doesn’t appear to be any chips or cracks. How old is the mirror? I like where you placed it…you realize I’m so jealous of your having a husband that can do this stuff. Lyn and I would have nailed it up only to have it take down half the wall when it fell from too much weight. It really is a beautiful mirror. Now you’re free to search Craigslist for a headboard. :-)
    Karen

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 27, 2012 @ 7:15 am

      Karen, I’m laughing at the image of you putting it up, only to have the entire wall crumble. Believe me, even though I KNOW Paul does an insanely secure job? I STILL stood back from it, once it was in place, kind of cringing and expecting it to fall forward and shatter.

      The frame came out of the estate of the Vice President of Baldwin Locomotive, which was headquartered in Philadelphia at the beginning of the 1900’s. The house was turned into apartments after WWII, as many giant old houses were. The tenants currently in the apartment with the mirror cracked the glass, and they were afraid it would fall out… so rather than replace the glass, or just remove it and leave the empty frame, they took the whole thing out. Lucky for me, but kind of sad for the house!

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  5. our heritage home
    June 26, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    Fantastic find! I though headboard too but, what you’ve done looks amazing, oh and by the way you should put a chandelier there;-)

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  6. OneWeekToCrazy
    June 27, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Wow, love what you did with that! Cheers to creativity!

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  7. Holly @ Adventures in Renovating
    July 1, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Absolutely love your mirror project – what an amazing find! I’m embarking on the first day of two weeks vacation set aside to work on our flat renovation, so you’ve inspired me to stop procrastinating over internet inspiration and actually get the paintbrushes out!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 1, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

      Sometimes getting motivated to start is the hardest part… At least until you run into seventeen unexpected problems!
      Good luck with your projects!

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  8. acitygirlscountrydream
    July 1, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    That was so funny. I found your page under another blog where they had like minded lunatics and your page was listed…along with mine. LOL. I am so glad I found you

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 2, 2012 @ 7:32 am

      Lol… I would love to see a “like-minded lunatic” blogroll! Who’s site is that? Looking at your blog, YOU do drywall? You put me to shame! I just watch the drywall being installed, sometimes stand there and hold things, and take pictures.

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  9. jennifer wingert
    July 11, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Thanks! I feel fantastic! The mirror is awesome. I want it. And I love your writing style, but I can’t read your blog at work anymore, at least, until I become immune to your hilarity, or evolve a quieter laugh. Now I’m sad. Better read one more.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 12, 2012 @ 9:21 am

      All kidding aside, the idea that random strangers think I’m funny is pretty much the best thing ever. Bizarrely, it feels like an accomplishment… a way more satisfying accomplishment than, say— reading Proust.

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      • jennifer wingert
        July 13, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

        You should consider it an accomplishment and a compliment and give yourself a hearty pat o’the back. I don’t just laugh at anyone. Er, with anyone? Because of anyone? You get my meaning. Love it.

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  10. thegreenlatina
    July 19, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    This is beautiful!!!

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  11. patinaandcompany
    August 10, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Clearly you have several of the same diseases that we suffer around here, just from this post and the one on looking at the very old house (did you buy it?). The mirror turned out lovely!

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  12. Beth Anne
    June 25, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    This is so adorable..I love your writing style and your humor!! I also LOVE the mirror and may I suggest a small bookshelf placed under it :)

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  13. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    I am wondering did Paul ever build that bookcase underneath the mirror for you? I think you should do that for sure, it will add such character and interest.

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    October 21, 2015 @ 10:05 am

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  15. Deb in Oregon
    February 21, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Victoria, I JUST found your blog-Yipee! Had to go back and read every single one. Very entertaining. But this is a thank you comment. I have had a HUGE 6-foot mirror leaning against the wall in my living room for FOUR years. I knew I wanted it above my buffet, but was so uncomfortable with the thought of it just hanging there with only toggle bolts between me and disaster-so I did nothing. BUT when I read your post about how Paul (clever man) hung your mirror I had an EUREKA moment. Even my sceptical husband saw the great wisdom involved in Paul’s method! And now I am the proud possessor of a 6-foot mirror hanging above my buffet. (AND my husband feels like he has accomplished a great thing.) So, thanks ever so much!

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  16. Lindsey R
    June 18, 2016 @ 10:19 pm

    Love this! I am about to try to put my mirror above our fireplace. The mantle is obviously going to support it from below but how did you secure yours at the top? I can’t see anything. I would love your expertise!

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  17. Bobbles
    August 7, 2016 @ 1:49 am

    I have a confession. Wow, this is very therapeutic. I just moved from Oregon to Massachusetts. I brought along 2 of my late mother’s mirrors…which were HER late mother’s mirrors. One is large, one is larger. Both have the original glass and gilding. I was very careful about wrapping them and packaging them. They got to my new house and were put into a corner of the study…still in the wrapping and packaging. I’m afraid to open them. While they’re still wrapped up, I know that they’re unbroken and nothing has chipped. Once I open them, that may not be the case. They may be Schrödinger’s Mirrors!

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