How to Fix/Prevent Black Spots on a Mirror

close up of desilvering mirror

Whether you buy framed mirrors online or pick up an antique mirror from a vintage store, black spots on the mirror’s corner or edges are bound to occur thanks to “mirror rot” or desilvering (you may have seen us cover the topic before on an earlier post). Silver nitrate is the responsible component for transforming plain glass to mirrors, and it’s safeguarded from damage with a copper-sulfate protective coating. Paint sealants also provide extra protection for the mirror’s back. But when these protective coatings are exposed to various elements, including air, moisture and cleaning solutions, dark spots appear or “desilvers.” Desilvering occurs thanks to the oxidation of the silver nitrate and copper sulfate, which is caused by the condensed moisture from splashes of water and other elements on the edge of the mirror. While these black spots are repairable, mirror restoration or “resilvering” requires professional help. It can be problematic because professional restoration services can be pricey and can involve the use of chemicals that are toxic to you and your environment. The good news is you can take preventative and eco-friendly restorative measures to keep mirror black spots at bay.  Read More

5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

framed picture gallery wall in apartment

Home decor is one of the best ways to express yourself while also creating a comfortable place you can call your own. However, it’s not a talent that comes easily to most people, so it’s only natural to need help every now and then. Many decorators have incorporated a new trend called a “gallery wall,” an eye-catching arrangement of artwork and decor that’s meant to function as a statement piece for the home. While the gallery wall is one of the most stunning decorating trends, it’s not easy to master. Thankfully, here are some tips to make the task almost foolproof.  Read More

3 Things to Consider When Adding a Framed Mirror Over a Fireplace

large stone fireplace in den with cathedral ceiling

If customized properly, a mirror is one of the best choices for over-mantle decor because it brightens the wall and creates the illusion of space. The simplicity of a mirror also allows for the addition of seasonal or thematic home goods like baskets, small sculptures, flowers and lights. If you have a mirror in mind for the mantle, here’s a short guide to customizing the frame to best suit your home decor: Read More