The Story of a Bamboo Wall Mirror

Having a full size mirror is a necessity in my e book, 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 a number of years in the past and leaned it on a spot on the wall in our bed room. I received that mirror from Kirkland’s and didn’t spend a lot on it. Ornamental clever, it wasn’t thrilling, only a black steel framed mirror. Good sufficient, however not a number of pizazz.

Quick ahead and I began trying final 12 months for one thing extra trendy to exchange that mirror. I checked out bamboo and rattan mirrors and noticed one by 4 Palms model (the Candon) and noticed that it was carried by a number of totally different on-line distributors, so I discovered probably the most respectable worth I may discover on the time and ordered the mirror simply after Christmas. It wasn’t an ideal worth at over $700, however I bit the bullet and figured it could be a pleasant excessive finish mirror that I’d preserve eternally.

After getting notification that my mirror was lastly arriving mid-March, I used to be very glad 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 title on it was some kind of nightstand and clearly not the mirror I ordered, I used to be disenchanted to say the least. I ordered from AFA shops and the mirror was drop shipped by the model which I’m positive is the norm lately, so transport is a bit of unpredictable. They stayed in contact with me after I wrote them and requested concerning the new transport date and once I would get my mirror. I received a monitoring quantity and about 3 weeks later, my mirror lastly arrived.

To say I used to be disenchanted 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 total 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 nicely inside a field and it wasn’t a matter of transport injury.

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, however it went badly mistaken 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 a number of 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 mistaken with this mirror restore or no matter had occurred to it. I rapidly took pics with my cellphone 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 instructed them that this mirror ought to by no means had been shipped out, the standard management failed on this product large time. I’m positive the photographs helped inform the story and so they agreed with me and I received an e-mail a number of days later after they’d time to course of telling me my cash can be promptly refunded 100%! Effectively, that made me very glad. 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 determination. I figured I’d attempt to salvage it and restore it as greatest I may.

As you may see within the first image, the caning was extra yellow and I made a decision {that a} darker colour would look higher with our furnishings and flooring. I received out Provencial stain, which is similar colour stain we used on our downstairs flooring. First, I received 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 received out some black paint and touched up these areas that I puttied. It makes it extra invisible to the attention, however in fact should 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 good, however an entire lot higher than earlier than.

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

I liked the mirror sufficient to spend good cash on it, however now I can stay with it even with a number of flaws and the truth that I’m getting a refund makes me really feel an entire lot higher about it. The failings 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 nicely that ends nicely! 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 positive hope their high quality management improves after this fiasco!

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