Product Spotlight: Add A Frame

In today’s post, we’re featuring our flagship product: Add A Frame®.

Our Add A Frame collection aims to easily and affordably give your bathroom a more finished, polished look. Rather than replacing your entire mirror — or worse: living with bare edges — Add A Frame simply attaches to your existing mirror. With adhesive backing and dimensions customized to your exact mirror specifications, you can change the entire look of your bathroom in minutes.

Of course, there’s more to our Add A Frames than how easy they are to install. They also come in more than 80 finishes, with styles ranging from traditional, to contemporary, to rustic, to ornate. Whatever type of style you’re trying to create with your blank canvas mirror, Add A Frame can create the near-effortless transition.

Plus, if you’re unsure about which frame to order, we’ll send you a sample so you can visualize the effect of adding a frame in person. You may even want to order several samples to test out different styles before you commit to a full frame.

Once you select your chosen finish, everything you need for installation will arrive with your customized and perfectly fitted frame. You’ll simply glue your frame corners together, add the assembly wedges to secure the corners, then use the corner guides to measure spacing for placing the adhesive-backed frame directly onto your mirror.

And trust us: this isn’t one of those home improvement projects that sounds easy and actually ends up taking weeks. In fact, we have hundreds of reviews from real customers that use the word “easy.” Here’s just a small sampling:

“We are delighted with the frames we purchased. They gave our bathrooms a much-needed facelift. They were also very easy to assemble and install.”

– Tena H.“Love this mirror frame! Installing it was pretty easy and it instantly added some elegance to my bathroom. It really makes the room feel complete.” – Nicole S.

“Taking the plain mirror from the original build and turning it in to a focus piece could not have been easier. Measure twice, wait for arrival, glue together and place on the mirror. Couldn’t be happier.” – Hilary K.

What can we say? Add A Frame is the product that made us, well, us. We’re pretty proud of it and we think you’ll like it, too.

Shop our Add A Frame collection to see for yourself.

Winter-proof Your Bathroom: When to Drip Your Faucet

With colder-than-average temperatures expected this winter, it’s important to know how to protect your home from the costly damage of frozen, burst pipes. Between cleaning up water damage and pipe repair, a burst pipe can cost thousands of dollars. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to ensure both your home and your pipes make it through winter unscathed.

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

The pipes of your home are at risk of freezing any time the temperature drops to 32 degrees F and below. However, for most insulated and indoor pipes, the temperature has to get much lower to really cause trouble, especially if your home has sufficient heating. As you might expect, uninsulated pipes or pipes in basements, attics and garages are at the biggest risk.

Yet, when temperatures drop to the teens and single-digits, every sink in your home could be at risk. According to the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois, the “temperature alert threshold” is 20 degrees F and below. When overnight temperatures drop that low, here are a few steps you should take to winter-proof your bathroom:

  • Open cabinet doors. Exposing the pipes of your bathroom sink to warmer indoor air can help prevent freezing.
  • Drip your faucet. Having cold water running through your pipes helps prevent freezing. You only need a slow drip to make a difference. To avoid wasting water, place an empty jug or bowl under the faucet each night for reuse.
  • Keep your home at a consistent temperature. As tempting as it can be to save on your heating bill in the winter, don’t cut the thermostat too low. In fact, even when you’re out of town, make sure your home stays at least above 55 degrees F.
  • Add pipe insulation. If you have particularly vulnerable pipes, consider adding pipe insulation, which can be an inexpensive solution to a potentially costly problem.

Dealing with frozen pipes is inconvenient — dealing with a burst pipe can be downright disastrous. Avoid the disaster this winter by taking the proper precautions.

Does your winter bathroom need an upgrade? Shop our Add A Frame collection now.

Can You Recycle a Broken Mirror?

Whether you have an old mirror that’s seen better days or need to dispose of a recently broken mirror, you may have found yourself wondering: can I recycle this?

The answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think.

As far as traditional recycling goes, the answer is unfortunately no. Unlike glass bottles or jars, which can be recycled in most areas, the type of glass used to make mirrors, coupled with the reflective coating on the back, makes it unable to be recycled. In fact, even if the reflective coating could be removed, mirror glass still can’t be recycled.

The reason lies in the actual recycling process. With glass, this means crushing it into small pieces and melting it down. Since mirror glass and bottle glass have different melting points, recycling centers can’t accommodate mirror glass. So, while you may have had great environmental intentions to send your broken mirror to a recycling center, we regret to tell you that isn’t possible.

But wait! That doesn’t mean your only other option is throwing away the pieces. In addition to all of the crafty repurposing ideas we shared in this post, we have a few more ideas for how to recycle an old or broken mirror.

  • Make a custom hand mirror. Choose a piece close to your desired size and shape (or cut one, if you have the proper tools), then use a Dremel to smooth the edges. You can put it in a small picture frame or line the back with decorative paper.
  • Call your local art store. Since art stores often sell broken glass by the pound to makers of mosaics and stained glass, they might be interested in purchasing your broken glass or accepting it as a donation.
  • Check with a local antique store. If your mirror is just old and not broken, you may be able to sell it to a local antique store or donate it to a reclaimed furniture store.
  • Put it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Whether it’s an old mirror that’s seen better days or pieces of broken mirror glass, you never know what someone else might need.

Regardless of what you end up doing with your old and broken mirror, make sure you use caution when handling potentially sharp pieces. While the seven years of bad luck might be a myth, the dangers of jagged glass are not!

 

In the market for a new mirror? Shop our selection.

5 Tips for DIY Holiday Decorating on a Budget

Getting in the holiday spirit doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity and patience, you can DIY festive holiday décor that your family can enjoy for years to come.

Here are our five best tips for making homemade holiday decorations a new tradition in your house.

Go Natural

If you know where to look, the great outdoors has plenty of (free!) craft supplies to offer. Head outside and gather pinecones, greenery clippings or even holly branches. You can arrange your foraged materials in a vase as a centerpiece or glue to a wreath base for a unique door decoration. Feeling extra crafty? Lightly spray your pinecones with white spray paint so they’ll look freshly dusted with snow.

Repurpose

Many common household items can be repurposed into holiday crafts — from ornaments, to napkin holders, to garlands. For instance, a little spray paint and glue transforms these clothespins into snowflakes and a little tape goes a long way in creating this paper towel roll holiday tree. Don’t be afraid to see the world of possibilities your recycling bin has to offer.

Dehydrate

For the cost of a few oranges and apples, you can create a classic garland made of dehydrated fruit. Just slice your fruit thinly and place on a baking sheet for one to two hours at 200 degrees F. Once the fruit is dehydrated, you can thread a ribbon through for a lovely smelling garland or tie slices in bunches of threes to hang on your tree.

Keep It Simple

Christmas ball ornaments are inexpensive and often sold in bulk. Grab a big bag and fill hurricane vases for centerpieces or mantle decorations. Add in a few sprigs of greenery and you’ll have yourself a classic look that is easily remade every year.

Work With What You Have

Chances are, much of your existing home décor can easily get a holiday makeover. Consider draping lights or garlands over mirrors, tying ribbon around planter pots or covering paintings in wrapping paper. These simple changes can transform a room with minimal effort and supplies.

With these ideas as inspiration, your home will be in the holiday spirit in no time.

For more décor inspiration, check out our selection of decorative mirrors.

The 5 Best Natural Glass Cleaners

If you’re trying to reduce the chemical cleaners you use in your home, replacing your glass cleaner is a great place to start. While we have a great recipe for making your own, we also know that sometimes it’s just as easy to go the store-bought route.

While the definition of “natural” can vary depending on what you’re looking for, these five glass cleaners have transparent ingredient lists and great ratings on GoodGuide. Plus, since proper mirror maintenance is important to improve the longevity of your mirror and prevent desilvering, you don’t want to risk using harmful products. Also important? They work well to clean your mirror and get a streak-free shine.

Method Glass and Surface Cleaner

This glass cleaner from Method doesn’t contain ammonia and still manages to get the job done. Plus, not only are the ingredients non-toxic, but the company doesn’t test on animals and uses 100 percent recycled plastic, so you can feel extra good about this purchase.

Green Works Glass & Surface Cleaner

With a plant and mineral-based ingredients list and a big name parent company — Clorox — this cleaner is effective, without being harsh. Plus, the entire Green Works line is certified by the EPA’s Design for the Environment program.

Seventh Generation Glass Cleaner, Free & Clear

This hypoallergenic cleaner doesn’t contain any fragrances, so while you won’t get a fresh, clean smell, you can trust it to be entirely free and clear of any harmful additives.

Better Life Natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner

Better Life cleaning products are billed as “safe, green and powerful” — which sounds like a great combination to us. With this cleaner, you get both scent-free and streak-free, so it’s a win-win.

ECOS Window Cleaner with Vinegar

ECOS products are designed to offer a plant-powered clean that’s safe for people, pets and the planet. While this cleaner might leave a light vinegar scent behind, you’ll know beyond a doubt that your mirrors and windows are clean.

Cleaning might not be your favorite item on your to-do list, but at least these products can help you feel good about what you’re bringing into your home.

 

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