The wooden frame had a rough life, The back was a piece of cardboard covered with that old masking tape top to bottom. One corner was nailed with tiny furniture tacks and they had cracked the edges of the frame as well as holding nothing together. The heavy mirror shifted around inside the frame.
Stripped the tape and cardboard from the back of the frame, pulled the various nails, removed the mirror (and cleaned it).
Used carpenters glue and 3 clamps to hold the frame shape as it dried.
Next was some Durham's water putty. Used a clean salmon tin, spoon, knife, bamboo skewer, a stiff bristle (narrow) paintbrush and a sanding sponge.
Applied and wiped smooth over the dents and scratches and layered and carved gently for the corners that had missing wood. Sanded smooth.
Painted 2 coats of ASCP Primer Red (dried between coats).
Inserted the mirror.
Needed to make a fresh 'backing'. Used brown kraft paper cut to the size needed (about 1/8" less than the size of the frame, all around).
Glued the paper to the back. Replaced the screw eyes and added the new wire through the eyes.
Sprayed back lightly with water so the paper would dry taunt.
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