Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The mirror

As a follow up on yesterdays post, I want to tell you about the mirror.

The mirror that we have in the "church" is really very tall. It is 2 m x 3 m, which would be 6,5 x 10 feet if I am doing the conversion correctly.

It's quite funny how it ended up in our place. Three years ago, when we had just bought the house and before we could move in, I spent some time planning how to furnish it because I was so eager to finally have all this space and I placed a big mirror in that room thinking that it might be something I could create.

When we moved in other projects took over and I forgot about the mirror plan. 

About two years later there was a sale at one of the hotels in town. They were redoing their restaurant and lobby and was selling everything, so we went there and got some really good plates, some glasses and a bunch of other kitchen utensils (and was too late for a huge, wonderful chandelier).

On our way out I saw this huge mirror on the wall and asked if it was also for sale. The woman in charge confirmed that it was - if they could get it down without breaking it (they had obviously already broken a similiar one). She took my number and promised to call and let me know.

She called three days later, telling me that the mirror was mine for the price of 50€ (about 73 USD) but that I had to pick it up as soon as possible, preferably the next day.

I had no idea on how to do it, because obviously a 6 square meter (about 65 sqft) mirror without back support is not something you can just put into the car. I briefly considered renting a big car, but my father talked me out of it because the risk of the mirror breaking was just to big.

In the end I called a local glass manufacturer that transported the mirror for me on one of their special cars. The transportation ended up costing about three times as much as the mirror itself, but even at a total price of 200€ I think it was worth it. The mirror is really huge and it totally transformed the room and I think it is funny to think that is has been in that hotel lobby. I love pieces with a history, and it doesn't always have to be old histories to be interesting.

As you can see, the furniture is different on these pictures. I used to have it like this before I switched places of the dark and the white sofa.

Although the room is so much better than before, I am still not satisfied with it. I think the main reason is that there is only one window and I do not like rooms without windows. I would like to put in another window at the same wall as the mirror, but I am not sure that would look good. I would also like to take down the wall to the left, but Darling disagrees with me, so I guess it will have to wait.

That was the story of the mirror. I really hope we wont have to move it, because I do not think we can do it ourselves without breaking it.

This definitely tops my list of impulse buys that caused me problems with transportation, but it is far from the only occasion when I bought first and considered the logistics later. Please tell me that I am not alone!

What is the worst thing you have ever moved or transported? 


  1. Generally speaking I buy first, ask questions later. Our worst move logistically though was actually a free pool table that needed to go about 15 miles (I think that's about 24km). We ended up paying a professional, and he took it apart, moved, leveled and re-gelded.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comment! Have a great day. Anu

  3. My worst idea was trying to get a sofa up our winding cottage stairs - it very nearly got stuck together with my husband and son. A never to be forgotten moment!

    Pomona x

  4. Cait - I am so happy to hear that I am not alone in the shopping first - questions later. ;-) There are many times when I have been at the thrift store, and not knowing wether I will get the things home or not.

  5. Pomona - Ouch. I can totally relate to that feeling. Did you manage to get it up?


I hope that you like my blog and will become a follower. Thank you so much for commenting, every single comment brightens my day!