I picked up the doily a few weeks earlier just because I liked it and was thrilled when I realized that the two pieces were meant for each other.
I wanted a mirror for this corner and found that everything I liked was $300 to $400. Then I found a nice large ugly mirror for $80 and bought it. I knew that after I applied some paint to it this ugly duckling it could be a swan.
I painted the black stripe -- it had been white -- and brushed gold onto the top of the relief areas to bring out the pattern. It had been all white with no definition. When I bought it Cottage Master asked me, "Are you sure this is the mirror you want?" Yup, I saw its potential.