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Thread Holder From a Thrift Store Mirror

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I bought this thrift store mirror many months ago because I loved the frame. I knew a little paint is all it needed to make it beautiful but still it hung on the wall in the garage for what seemed like FOREVER. That seems to be the case for most of the items I bring home. But lately I've been inspired to give a lot of my thrift store purchases the makeovers they've been waiting for. I'm thrilled to say that I've completed one more project!
I'm still in the very long and ever changing process of setting up and decorating my office/sewing room, which used to be the dining room. Once I realized that I don't need another mirror in my house (and the mirror in the frame was in pretty bad condition with lots of dark spots), I decided this mirror should become a framed thread holder.
We bought all new pegboard for the garage and I was able to salvage some pieces of the really old pegboard that came with the house to use for this project. My husband traced the mirror and then cut the peg board with a jigsaw.
This peg board had really small holes and some filled with decades old paint, so my husband used a 1/4" drill bit to make the holes large enough to accommodate my 1/4" dowels which I had bought based on the size of the holes in the new pegboard.
I cut some wood dowels down to about 3 inches long using the miter box and hand saw. I made them just long enough to accommodate sitting in the hole and holding my tallest spool of thread. They are a tight squeeze to get them in the holes but that keeps them from falling out once it's hung on the wall.
I used Valspar spray paint to paint the dowels white and to give the old peg board a freshening up.
I used E6000 glue to attach the peg board to the back of the frame because all the plastic tabs broke off when I was trying to remove the mirror.
I set the frame face down on some paint cans before gluing because I had already put the dowels in and didn't want to wiggle them all out. I put the E6000 all around the outside edge of the pegboard and really gooped it on around the plastic tabs. I used more paint cans to weigh the whole thing down and compress the pegboard and frame together while the glue dried. I let it dry overnight.
I spray painted the plastic mirror frame using the same pink that I used on other projects for my office/sewing room.
I still have plenty of open spaces to add more dowels and more thread.
To see more of my thrift store makeovers, stop by Our Secondhand House.

To see more: http://www.oursecondhandhouse.com/p/thrift-store-makeovers.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jun 2, 2015

    Oh my gosh this is SUCH a cool idea!

    • B
      B
      on Jun 4, 2015

      @Hannah V Thanks Hannah!

  • Bonnie B
    Bonnie B Robinson, IL
    on Jun 2, 2015

    What a great idea! I usually cringe at pegboard. This is cute in the frame! AND I can always paint the pegboard if I want....BTW, what did you decide to do with the mirror?

    • Bonnie B
      Bonnie B Robinson, IL
      on Jun 4, 2015

      @B There's lots of things can be done with vintage aged mirrors with age spots. Shabby chic ideas come to mind as does all manner of vintage and even Steampunk. Might have to keep our eyes open for inspiration!

  • Deb Laber
    Deb Laber Cincinnati, OH
    on Jun 2, 2015

    I'm constantly amazed by the ingenious ideas Hometalk posters come up with! This one almost makes me want to learn to sew:) Really great job.

  • LYNDA
    LYNDA Owensboro, KY
    on Jun 3, 2015

    That is so cute. Much prettier than mine. I found my board at an auction. It has roll after roll of nails. Not sure what is was for, but it is perfect for thread. Heavy!! Really!! holds about 50, nice.

    • B
      B
      on Jun 3, 2015

      @LYNDA That sounds like a great auction find!

  • Holly Dowling
    Holly Dowling
    on Jun 3, 2015

    I love this and have pieces that will work nicely. Very charming idea. Thank you!

    • B
      B
      on Jun 3, 2015

      @Holly Dowling Thank you!

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