Oil Pan Mirror

December 17th, 2014 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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An inexpensive mirror was affixed to the interior of the pan using a hot glue gun.
A nontraditional and simple wall arrangement.
There was no need to tamper with an already beautifully eroded paint finish.
OK...Ive had this ball of old string for the last 25 years and FINALLY found a way to use it other than for hanging a frame.
The string was wrapped around the pan several times to add touch of softness to the rigid metal. 
The foundry mold mirror is one of my past creations but placed togother they bring to mind portholes in the hull of a ship.
Using an old tin bowl, I created an another mirror to set inside the oil pan frame.
An inexpensive mirror was affixed to the interior of the pan using a hot glue gun.

An inexpensive mirror was affixed to the interior of the pan using a hot glue gun.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2014)

My peculiar fixation with crackling paint, corroded metal and the overall look of dilapidation are what drew me to this oil drain pan. My tactic when it comes to repurposing is if I can visualize the end result in few seconds, then I buy it. So I bought it and it looks just like the deteriorated image I had envisioned.  

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2014)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, industrial, green, mirror, jim healy, junk architect

Comments (8)

just_old_stuff writes: I'm really lovin' that doubled-up mirror! Posted: 5:56 pm on February 10th
CottageElements writes: Jim you find the best junk! Love this as a mirror...it is awesome!

Lani Posted: 8:19 am on December 20th
Dinantiques writes: Simple, industrial perfection. I love what I see in the reflection too.
Posted: 4:54 am on December 20th
gadgetsponge writes: Haven't thought of that before! Great use and super cool pan you found. Posted: 12:11 pm on December 18th
G writes: Shhh, What's that I hear..? People running to find their own vintage oil pans.
Jim, your creations are what makes a house a home. You have this great ability to look at a forgotten piece of salvage..and bring it back to where it's enjoyed in a way many would never think of. What a gem..!

Merry Createmas..!
Posted: 10:42 am on December 17th
StrangeCargo writes: Hey Jim, you know a posted project is a good one when you realize and say to yourself, "how cool, I could have done that!" And then you secretly rack your brains out and exhaustively search high and low all of your old haunts to find the same exact components to steal, err, replicate your masterpiece. Thanks for the inspiration.


Posted: 5:45 am on December 17th
georgiamoon writes: WOW! Jimmy this is so awesome! When I look at the original piece, I see a fabulous crusty, old pan, which is something that I would love and want to buy, what I wouldn't see is this fabulous mirror! I know for a fact that you see the finished piece in your mind within seconds...that is a special talent. The addition of the string is a great detail. Pretty amazing stuff here!

Posted: 5:06 am on December 17th
AtticusFinch writes: That's awesome! There is a story in each of the chips and cracks...

Good job!
Posted: 4:43 am on December 17th
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