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A friends mum was throwing out a cane framed mirror and she asked me if I new of someone who could use one.

It was really very ordinary, but I took it and thought of a few friends – thinking an extra mirror is always handy to have and I could easily give it away.

When I got it home, I poured myself a glass of wine, sat down and and starred at it for ages. BINGO… then the idea of gluing a bag of seashells given to me ages onto the frame could bring it back to life.

I spent that weekend with a glue gun (stored in the laundry cupboard and not used for 10 years) and glued a whole bunch of shells onto the frame.

It’s a masterpiece and now I can’t part with it. It just goes to show that something that someone thinks is trash is not and turns out to be someone else’s treasure. The shell renovated mirror now hangs happily in our outdoor BBQ area :O)


Posted by sizzlingcool, 9th January 2014


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  • I love the idea fo shells around it,good on you!

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  • That is talented . Do you have a pic ? We were throwing rubbish out for the council pickup one day and we had very old plates from the garage which we put out . Next minute , we had a visit from my mother in law and she said “what a waste don’t throw it out ” and she took it from the pile and used it for herself . So to her it was treasure !

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  • great idea! great way of recycling and making something new

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  • Nice! My son often goes around at hard garbage time and picks up,a lot of stuff from piles of other people’s trash. It’s amazing what’s thrown out, most has nothing wrong with it, some just need a screw or minor adjustment. He does really well

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  • nice story for read

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  • Up cycling is definitely wonderful! Good on you! Finding treasures is good fun too!

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  • I love up cycling items! So much fun.

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  • I love redoing things like that. I wishing had more time and more materials. Op shops always send my imagination crazy. Good on you :)

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  • It feels really good when you can make something better and reuse :)

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  • what a great way to use the shells and bring the mirror back to life

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  • love how things can be revived :)

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  • Nice work! I love rescuing things, I grab alot from hard rubbish (most people are happy to give if you ask) and re purpose it – I even made a toybox out of a cabinet I found and its been great for the kids room! Better for the environment too.

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  • loooks like such a great idea good job

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  • Love your idea and it’s great to know you like it!

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  • I totally agree with you & frequently visits op shops for this reason. I leave feeling more excited than I do leaving Myers :)

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