HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MIRROR FURNITURE
The use of mirror furniture arose first during the twelfth century AD. But the mirrors used back then were made of metals such as bronze and gave off warped and unseemly images. In history, it was Venice that first established itself as a pioneer in mirror production and started incorporating mirrors in its various furniture works. The mirror furniture was highly expensive and was possessed only by the ruling societies as an icon of sumptuousness and royalty. Dressing stations were the first form of mirror furniture made and people could use them for vanity purposes. Also in those days another wide application of mirrors was in candle holders. These were to be used by the sophisticated elite class. However the art didn’t stay within the confines of Venice for a very long time. Venetian artisans and craftsmen eventually sold their ideas to the neighboring countries. Soon after, it started flourishing in Paris and England, particularly London, but all the while with the rudimentary type of mirror.
Mirror furniture as we see around us today came into rise only in the late seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries. This was when mirrors got their metal foundation and glass surfaces. But it was not until the 1800’s that mirror furniture were made accessible to the general public. This is the period which witnessed a hike in the mirror making industry when mirrors’ quality was improved and extensive production begun. In the 1920’s when the art deco movement picked momentum, mirror furniture shot up in fame and was in the limelight. In the 1950’s it became even more famous when celebrities like Marlyn Monroe advertised their use of mirror furniture. The Hollywood also made a pitch for mirror furniture in screens small and big. Soon this type of furniture made its way into homes across Europe and America. In the 1980’s however, it suffered a setback owing to its widespread use in furniture of minimal qualities and its lost vigor. But it has made a huge comeback in the modern times and is in much demand till date.
If you have some patience and time, by following a few steps you can make your own mirror furniture using certain simple materials available in any home store. Any mundane piece of furniture at home or an old, second hand piece available for low cost can be given an astounding makeover right there in your place in a matter of lesser than two days by turning it into dazzling mirror furniture. Also, this way you can save a great amount of money.
The first step in making your own mirror furniture is sanding. Once the entire piece of furniture is sanded using a sander, the step that follows is priming. Primer cans have directions printed on their rear side. You may want to use a metallic finish spray paint for this purpose to get a thick and professional look. After the furniture dries, it’s time for some painting. An aluminum metallic paint is a great choice for this step. Multi-layer coating is necessary for best results. The final step is fixing glass or acrylic mirrors pre-cut to the dimensions of the furniture using mirror mastics. That’s it. Your mirror furniture is ready! Adornment with ready-made mirror coasters, pretty beads or even knobs for functional reasons is an additional option.