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windowpane Mullen picked up from an
antique store at home in New Jersey. Her
grandfather painted it white, replaced
the glass with mirrors, and lined the bottom
with tiny hooks, instantly refurbishing
an antique into a decorative mirror.
“I also think I acquired the ‘junk’ gene,”
she laughed. “I'll see something on the
street and I'll be like, I have to have this.
‘One man’s trash,’ you know what they say.”
A tall shelf Mullen found recently on
the street sits in the mudroom, unused
for now. She discovered it homeless in
her neighborhood next to another shelf,
and she and another Astoria resident
helped each other move the shelves to
their respective apartments (“The people
are so friendly here!”).
There is a wooden ladder with the bottom
rungs missing in their bathroom, making the
perfect towel rack — also a street find.
One of her favorite rescued pieces is a
long nightstand of sorts on wheels. She
painted the top white and placed it next
to her bed.
“Everyone on my street has good taste,
I guess!” Mullen joked. “I just had a plain
white nightstand and I wanted something
different. Now there’s plenty of
storage. I love it.”