Bleached Wood Mirror

The hubs and I met with a builder a few weeks ago with the plans for our new construction, and I’m started to get prettty excited about getting things rolling. My better half doesn’t quite understand my logic for collecting decor so far in advance, but he’s also never furnished and decorated 2500sq ft of house. To be fair, neither have I. But after a mere 4 years (hah!), our 1500sq ft Tarragona House has finally reached a “done-ish” stage, only for us to leave it almost all behind in the name of Airbnb.

The truth is, I’ve been studying and sketching house plans for almost a year, which is about how long ago we started looking for our perfect-for-now lot. I’ve been saving design and decor ideas for even longer. I think my hope for our next home is that it won’t linger in that mod-podge stage due to my indecisiveness for too long. That we can get it together more quickly than 4 years, so we can enjoy it and share it with friends and family.

I’m currently obsessed with raw wood – I’m talking old, stripped down pine and oak. So, when I found this solid wood, beveled beauty for $4.99 from a local SuperThrift, I thought I’d see if that little bleach trick would work for me again…

Bleached Wood Mirror
Another great thrift shop find!

Before I could do anything, I had to get that old poly and stain off the frame. Citristrip to the rescue! It only took two rounds to remove the old finish.

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Round 2 of Citristrip

I cleaned all the gunk off using my new best friend, After Wash. Once everything was dry, I started applying bleach to the frame, letting it dry between coats.

Bleached Wood Mirror
After 3 coats of household bleach

Some parts of the frame lightened quickly while others were clearly made from darker pieces of wood. I put a few extra coats to the darker areas, which helped a little.

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Finished bleaching

To help even things out a bit more, the frame got a good buffing with Amy Howard’s Liming Wax.

Bleached Wood Mirror
Bleached Wood Mirror
Bleached Wood Mirror

Isn’t she lovely? Talk to you all again next time I get into some trouble! 😉

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