How to know if that broken, stained or otherwise messed-up object can be saved or if it’s a goner. Third in a series from HGTV Magazine, November 2017.
Dilemma: You found a funky, cool mirror at the thrift store but it is speckled with dark spots. Is it worth buying or is it really just junk?
“The splotches are due to moisture or cleaner residue that oxidized the glass,” says Ann Igelbrink, a vice president at Christie’s auction house. The only solution is resilvering, a pricey process that involves stripping the piece with heavy-duty chemicals and reapplying silver nitrate. Consider the spots part of the charm—and part of the mirror’s worth, if it’s really old. Says Igelbrink, “A mirror plate surviving for centuries is nothing short of a miracle, so don’t alter it!”