September 24, 2023


I Believe in Real Estate

The Story of a Bamboo Wall Mirror

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Having a full size mirror is a necessity in my ebook, 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 couple of 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 clever, it wasn’t thrilling, only a black metallic framed mirror. Good sufficient, however not quite a lot of pizazz.

Quick ahead and I began trying final 12 months for one thing extra trendy to switch 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 essentially the most respectable worth I might 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 without end.

After getting notification that my mirror was lastly arriving mid-March, I used to be very completely satisfied 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 type of nightstand and clearly not the mirror I ordered, I used to be dissatisfied 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 transport is just a little unpredictable. They stayed in contact with me after I wrote them and requested in regards to the new transport 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 dissatisfied 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 imagine 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 transport 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, however it went badly flawed as there was an enormous hole in a single space of the black trim, a niche 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 niche between the black trim and the mirror itself in addition to a couple 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 flawed 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 advised them that this mirror ought to by no means had been shipped out, the standard management failed on this product huge time. I’m certain the images helped inform the story and so they agreed with me and I bought an e-mail a couple of days later after they’d time to course of telling me my cash can be promptly refunded 100%! Properly, that made me very completely satisfied. I wasn’t about to pack up the mirror and ship it again, so I used to be very proud of their good customer support resolution. I figured I’d attempt to salvage it and restore it as finest I might.

As you may 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 similar coloration stain we used on our downstairs ground. First, I bought some wooden putty and plugged up the gaps as finest I might 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 in fact if you happen to 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 a complete 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 completely satisfied too. I made lemonade out of my lemons!

I beloved the mirror sufficient to spend good cash on it, however now I can reside with it even with a couple of flaws and the truth that I’m getting a refund makes me really feel a complete lot higher about it. The failings are undoubtedly 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 trendy mirror on the wall and I’ll love this for a few years.

I do respect 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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