Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

It’s Day 291 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the restoration of a Shabby Chic mirror made me think about the restoration of other shattered things. The  mirror was purchased for a song back in the happy days when an abundance of Rachel Ashwell’s  Simply Shabby Chic line, made exclusively for Target, crowded the shelves.  In the house I brought my babies – now fourteen and thirteen – home to, it graced my bathroom vanity. I don’t recall where it lived in the townhouse I moved into, thus ending my homelessness. Much of that time is a blur…When I married my sweet hubby and moved into the home we now share almost eight years ago, I lovingly hung my prized mirror in our bedroom. It’s a heavy piece – I just didn’t realize how heavy until it fell from the wall, shattering not only the mirror itself but the beautiful carved wooden frame. Carefully, I wrapped the broken pieces and stored them until the day would come when I’d have it put back together again. More years than I can account for later, that day finally arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my hubby. We shipped the mirror off with our window cleaners. Today, after some needed spring cleaning, I set up my beautifully restored Shabby Chic mirror. It reminds me so much of other shattered things.

Beautifully restored Simply Shabby Chic mirror. The clock & everything on the sideboard is SSC. Replacing the brass knobs with acrylic crystal look ones echoes the glass in the lamps & mirror. All from Target. The Shabby Chic inspired floral painting and inspiration board – TJMaxx.

Generous as he is with me, my husband still balked a little at the cost to restore the mirror – $42. He could see the price tag on the frame insert – $9.99 – and wondered why I didn’t just replace it. But that’s not my style. I’ve been drawn to shabby since long before it became chic. I find beauty in broken things and experience joy in their restoration, which aligns to Shabby Chic’s principle of beauty in imperfection. Add to that the fact that the mirror is rare (that mass production of Simply Shabby Chic items for Target was short lived and now they only carry linens for the most part), and it’s not so easily replaced – at least not for me. Having an authentic mirror that is based off the one my design role model and most inspiring entrepreneur has in her home means something to me. Besides, I doubt I could find one that’s more beautiful in my eyes.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I see my shattered mirror the way I believe God, the Master Creator, sees us – His shattered things. We are intricately carved in His image, with his imprint and design, but our sins are heavy. So heavy that their weight sometimes causes us to fall and shatter. In our broken state, others don’t see our innate value and may feel we aren’t worth the expense of restoring. But God still sees us as beautiful, rare – a treasure. No expense – including crucifixion of His only begotten Son – is too great to bring us back to wholeness. The finished work – done on the cross – restores us. This week, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s not lost on me that like my Shabby Chic mirror, like us, His shattered things, He once was broken and shattered. Praise God He is restored, ensuring the restoration of those of us who trust Him, too.

How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you in the you view shattered things in your personal and professional life? How could they be restored?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Beauty from Broken Things – Even When Damaged, We Can Still Serve Our Purpose

Beauty from Broken Things – Even When Damaged, We Can Still Serve Our Purpose

On Day 142 I didn’t set out to do I a DIY restoration project, but I’m so glad that’s how it turned out because not only did I now get to use an item I thought could no longer work in my house, the project reminded me of two important lessons that can be applied on the home front and in the workplace: 1) Beauty can still be found in broken things, and 2) Even when we’re damaged, we can still serve our purpose.

  1. Beauty can still be found in broken things.

As much as I purport to love all things Shabby Chic and am usually alright with imperfections, my OCD about symmetry had me headed to return a damaged piece of faux architectural salvage. I thought it was wood but found out the hard way that it was resin. I’d purchased it a while back and had planned to spray paint it white, however, somehow, when I took it to the store to select the right paint color the day after purchasing, a large section broke while it was in my shopping cart.  By the time I realized it, though I literally retraced  all of my steps and searched high and low, the broken chunk seemed to have disappeared into thin air. Attempts to have the janitorial crew notify me if it turned up proved futile, and I was close to tears because it was the only one at the store.

Eventually, I found something else (featured on the blog) and resolved to return the original piece since it must have been damaged to have broken so easily. Due to time constraints, I never made it back to Old Time Pottery for my refund and wasn’t in a rush to go back. The thing is, I love the piece and wasn’t at peace letting it go. Then, this morning, inspiration struck and I was thrilled that I’d held on to the broken “salvage”. After about an hour’s work, I’d lovingly mended the piece and restored its beauty.

Broken, mended and still beautiful.


With a broken “wing”, this piece still wanted to fly.
A new “wing” traced onto paper and then two pieces of corrugated cardboard.      
I stapled the two “wings” together.
Next, I hot glued the two “wings” and inserted them right at the break point, where they fit perfectly.
Spray painted. (Had to flip picture from phone, hence repaired “wing” on opposite side.
Brown Sharpie used to distress.
Crayola brown pencil used to distress.

2. Even when damaged, we can still serve our purpose. 


The damaged piece now hangs above the door in our powder room. It’s not perfect, but I still love it. I’m proud of my creativity, resourcefulness and ability to see past the damage to be able to understand that the piece can still serve it’s original purpose. Perhaps it’s not serving where I’d originally intended – between the dining room and living room – but I found an alternate location that actually works better. The “salvage” now picks up the taupe-y browns in the powder room’s artwork and complements the scrolls on the light fixture. The really cool thing is, it has taken on more meaning because of its story.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who’s been broken herself, I’m so glad that God looks at me and still sees beauty. Despite all the damage – a dysfunctional childhood, divorce, domestic relations custody challenges, destitution, discrimination, all the “Ds”, I’m so thankful that He gives me chance after chance and provides countless opportunities to still serve my purpose (evolving): coaching, encouraging, and inspiring other women to minimize their personal Pink Collar barriers and to maximize their beauty and best Savvy & Chic professional lives. All to His glory. Not only that, He uses the damage to give me a story. I believe with all my heart that I mean even more to Him because of it. I know He sure means more to me.

What about you? Have you been broken by the personal barriers that try to render us “returnable”? Do you know that you’re still beautiful? And that, if you let Him, though damaged, God can still use your to serve your purpose?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach