The Story of a Bamboo Wall Mirror

Having a full size mirror is a necessity in my guide, am I proper? I really like having a full size mirror so I can see my outfits head to toe as soon as I dress and able to exit the door. I purchased a full size leaning mirror just a few years in the past and leaned it on a spot on the wall in our bed room. I bought that mirror from Kirkland’s and didn’t spend a lot on it. Ornamental smart, it wasn’t thrilling, only a black metallic framed mirror. Good sufficient, however not a number of pizazz.

Quick ahead and I began trying final 12 months for one thing extra fashionable to interchange that mirror. I checked out bamboo and rattan mirrors and noticed one by 4 Arms model (the Candon) and noticed that it was carried by a number of completely different on-line distributors, so I discovered essentially the most respectable value I may discover on the time and ordered the mirror simply after Christmas. It wasn’t an important value at over $700, however I bit the bullet and figured it might be a pleasant excessive finish mirror that I might preserve perpetually.

After getting notification that my mirror was lastly arriving mid-March, I used to be very joyful about that because it took awhile to ship after which that was a false alarm when the truck confirmed up, however the merchandise with my identify on it was some type of nightstand and clearly not the mirror I ordered, I used to be disillusioned to say the least. I ordered from AFA shops and the mirror was drop shipped by the model which I’m certain is the norm as of late, so delivery is a little bit unpredictable. They stayed in contact with me after I wrote them and requested concerning the new delivery date and once I would get my mirror. I bought a monitoring quantity and about 3 weeks later, my mirror lastly arrived.

To say I used to be disillusioned after getting within the mirror after ready 3 months was an understatement. I used to be so very disheartened to see the workmanship of the mirror and the way badly one complete nook was put collectively. I couldn’t consider that any model would ship out a mirror that appeared this badly put collectively. It was wrapped extraordinarily effectively inside a field and it wasn’t a matter of delivery harm.

It appeared to us as we examined it that a part of the curved trim contained in the mirror had failed and that somebody had tried to repair it, but it surely went badly flawed as there was an enormous hole in a single space of the black trim, a spot within the bamboo caning in one other space and that one nook of the caning was rippled and never clean as had been the opposite 3 corners. There’s a spot between the black trim and the mirror itself in addition to just a few different flaws the place the black trim was pieced collectively. How this escaped high quality management I’ll by no means know! The mirror was made in Indonesia, so there’s that.

One thing had gone badly flawed with this mirror restore or no matter had occurred to it. I rapidly took pics with my telephone and despatched off an e mail to the contact I had and he or she then forwarded my e mail to customer support. I despatched loads of pics and informed them that this mirror ought to by no means had been shipped out, the standard management failed on this product large time. I’m certain the images helped inform the story and so they agreed with me and I bought an e mail just a few days later after that they had time to course of telling me my cash can be promptly refunded 100%! Effectively, that made me very joyful. I wasn’t about to pack up the mirror and ship it again, so I used to be very pleased with their good customer support choice. I figured I might attempt to salvage it and restore it as greatest I may.

As you possibly can see within the first image, the caning was extra yellow and I made a decision {that a} darker coloration would look higher with our furnishings and ground. I bought out Provencial stain, which is identical coloration stain we used on our downstairs ground. First, I bought some wooden putty and plugged up the gaps as greatest I may after which stained it with a foam brush which took about 10 minutes. Then I bought out some black paint and touched up these areas that I puttied. It makes it extra invisible to the attention, however after all when you look intently it’s there. The stain darkened the caning and made it look higher, I feel. Right here is is after I completed my doctoring of the mirror.It’s not excellent, however an entire lot higher than earlier than.

Mark hung it on the wall for me and I’m more than happy with the way it got here out…and it was FREE! That make me very joyful too. I made lemonade out of my lemons!

I liked the mirror sufficient to spend good cash on it, however now I can reside with it even with just a few flaws and the truth that I’m getting a refund makes me really feel an entire lot higher about it. The issues are positively extra hidden now and I really like the darker stain on it. Fortunately, the ripples on the underside left nook of the caning don’t present too badly in any respect.

It’s good to have a classy mirror on the wall and I’ll love this for a few years.

I do recognize the corporate, AFA Shops, for working with me and for excellent customer support in getting me a refund. All’s effectively that ends effectively! The Candon mirror is carried at a number of on-line retailers and now the going price is $899 (affiliate hyperlink), in case you’re (loopy sufficient to pay that a lot…I used to be fairly loopy to pay over $700!)….., However watch out for  my story. I certain hope their high quality management improves after this fiasco!

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