Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vintage Hair Brush Makeover


When I purchased this vintage brush and mirror set at a flea market recently, I knew the broken brush had some life left in it.  The mirror is still in good shape and I love the patina on both pieces, but the poor brush has seen better days.

You can see where the wood part of the handle is missing.  I was lucky to be able to push the slightly twisted silver handle back into shape without breaking it.

I pried out the remainder of the brush which didn't come out without a fight; the old glue had turned black and was breaking off like glass.  I grabbed a bottle of tacky glue, a piece of vintage lace, and an antique tintype photograph.  I already had the tintype and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it in a repurposing project.


I spread some tacky glue inside the handle and started pressing the lace into place.  It didn't have to be perfect, just enough to hide the raw edges of the lace and cover the inside.


Then I got a little carried away and didn't pick up my camera until it was finished.....

After gluing the photograph to the lace I filled in around the edges with an old necklace, watch face, rhinestone, filigree, and a flower brooch.

Much better.

I thought it would look better if I could hang it up, so I punched a couple of small holes in the top and added a short chain.

I think she looks real comfortable and right at home inside the brush. 

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34 comments:

outjunking said...

Very impressed. I have an old hand mirror I stare at for that ah ha moment to hit me.
Thanks for the inspiration,
Lisa

Karen Bates said...

Love it...you are so creative! The added photo just makes it all work so well. It's so pretty....great idea.

Michelle L. said...

What a lovely lovely little piece, Betsy! The shape of the brush is so elegant - you and your unique brain have saved it from a junk pile somewhere.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Gorgeous, Betsy! I would never have thought to do something like this! It turned out beautifully!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great idea - Pretty. I would have never thought to do something like that.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i just ADORE this transformation!! so lovely and VERY clever! ;)

Connie Mercer said...

yes~lovely!! Love the idea!!!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This reminds me of the great vintage-inspired jewelry you create....just larger!!! Great job!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Just beautiful, Betsy!!! LOL, I saw it on Pinterest before seeing it on your blog!!!!!

I just posted my flea market finds!!!

xoxo

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I was wondering what you were going to do with that brush...it's fabulous! So romantic and delicate. Great idea to hang it, too! Love it.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Almost forgot, I'm off to join your Linky followers!

Loretta said...

How creative you are! I knew you would do something with it, but certainly not this wow factor...I love it! You are too much! Hope you have a delightful day! Hugs

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very cool, Betsy.

Jeanne said...

I'm your newest follower on Linky! I'm so happy to have discovered your blog..love the hair brushes!! Scrolled through other posts and I'm smitten!

Maria Ireland said...

The hair brush is gorgeous. I love it.
Hugs Maria

Stella said...

What a great creation. Love the lace background and the added jewelry. Hanging it was a great idea.

Danice said...

That looks so good. I also have an old brush and comb set. 'Seems like they don't make them like those anymore :)

Kristen@fit2feelbetter said...

What a beautiful work of art! It is really cool.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love it! What a pretty transformation.

xo,
Danielle

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I would not have believed it if I had not seen it!! Wonderful idea, so often the mirror is broke or the brush is bad, the price is right though and this is an idea I am putting in my mind the next time I see a broken one. Thank you!!

Carol

Jane said...

Such a beautiful transformation!! Hard to believe it's the same brush. Always enjoy seeing what you're creating.
Jane

Faire Notions said...

Looking good! Great idea.
Lisa

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

What a great idea and it turned out just beautiful, Betsy!
xoxo,
Julia

Ann said...

Wow what a beautiful piece now. Perfect idea to add the tin type and lace.
Ann

Our Delightful Home said...

WOW! Great transformation.


PS: I am your newest Linky follower

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Curtains in My Tree said...

ya I like that also

Diane Writes said...

Oh my! How pretty is she Betsy. I love it and how I wish I could personally touch this piece of beauty.

Laurie said...

What a treasure! You're so creative!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just beautiful Betsy!! I love your treasures!! Are you planning on going to The Vintage Bricoleur's for the blogger meet up? Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Beautiful makeover Betsy!!

Blessings,
Linda

Anne said...

What a pretty idea! Thanks for visiting me, I'm following you back :)

Sue said...

What a clever way to re-purpose something that had seen much better days, Betsy! It is so pretty now. :-)

gail said...

your vintage hairbrush makeover is a very nice transformation! Very pretty, so clever.
gail

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You are so creative, Betsy! It always amazes me the beautiful things you make from castoffs. ;)

Thanks for linking your talents to Time Travel Thursday.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage