They've been hanging around in a box in the basement ever since then, just waiting for their big transformation. Oh yes, they knew their time would come.
Now for the plan: I've seen lots of variations of the Captain Mirror. From Ballard Designs, ringing in at a whopping $449:
To Horchow at a budget busting $725
The first thing I needed was a mirror to insert into the center of the tray. I measured the tray and it was an awkward 13.5" across. Michaels had a craft mirror at 12" and Hobby Lobby had a candle mirror at 13". Ideally I would have gone for the 13" to leave as little a gap around the outside as possible but it was so heavy I didn't want to put any extra strain on the straps or bamboo tray (notorious for splitting).
The 12" turned out great, and I kind of like the extra border around the outside. It was as simple as hot gluing it into the center of the tray.
Now for the straps/belts. I measured the height of the tray and around the bottom half to make sure the buckles would meet the tray at the right point. With tape measure in hand I hit up J&J Junk (more on that here) and found these 2 belts for only 50c. That's right, just 25c each and unbelievably both are real leather (one is even Tommy Hilfiger).
See - I told you so.
Here is my version of the Captain Mirror for under $10.
I used a chunky acrylic hook I bought, for I think $1 at a flea mall, to hang the mirror.
Here's the captain in pride of place in our master.