What to Do Instead of Throwing Away a Broken Mirror

It happened — you broke a mirror. But before you start worrying about the seven years bad luck, (we promise it’s a myth!) your most immediate concern should be what to do with all the potentially dangerous broken glass. While there is a safe way to throw away a broken mirror, you might find that inspiration strikes right as the glass shatters. And if you’re feeling crafty, that broken mirror could be repurposed into a number of beautiful décor items.

Here are five ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

Mosaic a tabletop

Combined with broken tile and shells, mosaicking is a unique art form that makes something beautiful from broken pieces. Choose a unique design, glue down your pieces and then either fill in with grout or cover with a glass frame to ensure jagged edges are kept safe from fingers.

Spruce up a picture frame

Plain picture frames are inexpensive and boring, while mirrored picture frames are chic and visually appealing. However, you don’t have to shell out up to five times the cost to get a fancier frame — all you need is a little broken glass and glue. Do your best to line up your pieces with smooth edges pointing toward the outside of the frame and use glass cutters to trim down pieces that are too large.

Use in a backsplash upgrade

Retiling your kitchen backsplash? Add in some mirrored pieces to your design and watch how your boring tile arrangement is suddenly a custom art piece.

Jazz up your old light fixtures

Unhappy with the light fixtures in your home, but not interested in spending big bucks to replace them? Mosaicking the outside with glass will instantly give you a fresh look and add a unique reflective quality to any room of your home.

Make a crafty ornament

If Christmas is coming, repurpose your broken mirror into personalized presents for your favorite loved ones. A box of plain ball ornaments is inexpensive and all you need is a little glue to position your pieces around the surface. Just don’t be surprised when you want to make more after you see how nice it looks on your tree.

Feeling inspired? Leave your ideas for repurposed broken glass in the comments below.

4 Off-the-Wall Ideas for Decorating With Mirrors

More often than not, when we talk about decorating with mirrors, we’re sharing ideas about wall placement and framing options — but who ever said mirrors had to be confined to the walls? By making your mirror decorating choices a bit more “off-the-wall” (literally!), you can add dimension and intrigue to a room. How? We’re so glad you asked.

In a centerpiece

While you may be able to find a mirrored tray, you can also repurpose a rounded framed mirror to be the base of a centerpiece in your dining room or on your coffee table. Then strategically placing other decorative items — like a small bud vase of flowers, cute salt and peppershakers or an ornate candle — and watch how the reflection of your décor creates a pleasing visual element.

On shelves

Staging shelves can be a process. You don’t want them to look too cluttered or too sparse, but you also need certain items displayed. Utilizing a mirror on a shelf gives the entire room a reflective quality that can enhance your space and develop an illusion of depth.

In furniture

Mirrored tables, bar tops and even dressers aren’t just beautiful and practical — they can also create dynamic reflections around a room. Plus, glass framed furniture looks less bulky in a small space, so it can be an ideal way for maximizing minimal square footage.

On kitchen cabinets

It might sound a little too off the wall, but replacing the center panel of your kitchen cabinets with a mirror can make your kitchen feel brighter and bigger almost instantly. Especially when paired with light paint colors and countertops, mirrored kitchen cabinets can be a huge design win.

Just like some ideas require out-of-the-box thinking, sometimes decorating with mirrors is best when your ideas are a bit off-the-wall. Whether using big mirrors, small mirrors or mirrors incorporated into furniture, you’ll be amazed at how their subtle reflective qualities can transform a space.

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How to Find Your Bathroom Style

Your bathroom should reflect your personal style — but what does that really mean?

If you’re a new homeowner or living on your own for the first time, developing your own personal style can often be overwhelming. Where do you start? What if you like lots of different styles?

Luckily, bathrooms are the perfect sized room to dip your toes into the home decorating waters. With a smaller space, you can more easily experiment to find what best reflects your likes and dislikes.

As you begin looking at new shower curtains, toothpaste holders and mirrors, here are some decorating styles to consider:

Modern

With simple touches and geometric shapes, a modern-style bathroom is likely to rely on neutral colors, natural materials and clean lines. To achieve this look, think of less as more. You won’t want your vanity cluttered with toiletries and anything overly ornate or colorful would feel out of place.

Playful

On the opposite end of the decorating spectrum, creating a playful style bathroom would allow you the freedom to be as quirky and colorful as you want. While you’ll still want to choose items and finishes that complement each other, this style is ideal for decorators who are drawn to bright floral shower curtains and unique tile choices.

Bohemian

Do you love vintage textiles, greenery and well-integrated pops of color? Are you a fan of eye-catching patterns and unique tiling? Well, then a bohemian style bathroom might be just your speed. Start by pairing an ornately framed mirror with a colorful patterned rug and see how your style emerges.

Classic

The best thing about classic décor is it never goes out of style. Cool-toned colors, clean lines and elegant touches combine to create a timeless, luxurious space. And don’t worry — classic doesn’t mean out-of-date. Traditional touches like marble vanities and subtle patterns will maintain their appeal for years to come.

 

Discover your décor preference — shop framed mirror styles today.

How to Choose the Right Frame for Your Bathroom Mirror

It’s time: you’re finally going to upgrade your bathroom look by framing the mirror. Yet, just as you’re excited to get started on this easy and affordable mini-makeover, you’re struck with indecision. With so many different frames to choose from, how do you know what will look best in your bathroom?

We know choosing the right frame can be intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help walk you through the steps to making your decision. And trust us: before you know it, you’ll be stepping back to confidently admire your perfectly framed mirror.

Here are our best tips for selecting the frame style that’s right for you:

Consider your bathroom style

From easily changeable décor items like shower curtains and bath mats, to less flexible design touches, like your faucet finish and vanity surface, you want your new mirror frame to integrate seamlessly with your current bathroom style. Think carefully about how certain colors and materials will look together to ensure you’re creating a look that is natural and coordinated.

Consider the feel you want

Different frames will create different ambiance in your bathroom, so take the time to determine the feel you want to establish. The color, material and finish of your chosen frame can all impact your bathroom style in subtle, but effective ways. For instance, if you want a bathroom that feels fresh and modern, a contemporary frame might be more your style. Or, if you really want to make your mirror a statement piece in your bathroom, you might be interested in a more ornate frame.

Order sample frames

If you’re on the fence between a few different frame types, don’t leave your decision up to chance. Instead, order a few sample sizes so you can see first hand how your new frame will work in your bathroom. This can be especially helpful in bathrooms with tricky lighting or mixed finishes — and the peace of mind that comes with seeing your frame options in person will be well worth it.

With all that said, here’s one thing we know for sure: framing your bathroom mirror will be worth it, even if choosing a frame seems tough.

 

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3 Tips for Moving Mirrors

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, packing up and transporting your belongings can be a logistical nightmare. Plus, the stress of moving is always made worse by the risk of something you own breaking or getting damaged in the process. Since mirrors are one of the most nerve wracking items to move — after all, no one wants seven years bad luck — we’ve compiled our best tips for transporting your large mirrors safely to your new home.

Buy a dedicated mirror box

It might seem excessive, but mirror boxes are specifically designed to protect mirrors and well worth the extra effort. With four separate pieces of interlocking cardboard, mirror boxes can be adjusted to fit any size mirror. You can also line the pieces of cardboard with bubble wrap for extra cushion and protection. Find your mirror box at any hardware store or moving company, or order online. 

Secure the glass

Next, take some precautionary steps to secure the glass in your mirror. Using painter’s tape, tape an “X” across the surface of your mirror, with tape running from corner to corner. That way, even if the worst happens and your mirror does break, it won’t shatter into several tiny pieces. As an added precaution, cut out a piece of cardboard that is the exact size of your mirror’s interior glass and tape it onto the frame. Finally, wrap the entire mirror in a layer of brown packing paper and a layer of bubble wrap, then secure with packing tape.

Review and label

Now it’s time to put the mirror in your prepared mirror box and see if your protection efforts paid off. When you lift the box and shake it slightly, you shouldn’t feel any shifting or sliding of the mirror inside. If everything feels secure, you can tape your box closed and label the outside with a permanent marker. Be sure to clearly identify the package as fragile.

And that’s it! While it can also be helpful to point out specific boxes to your movers that contain fragile items, your mirror should now be well protected to make your move. Before you know it, you’ll be unpacked and enjoying it in your new location.

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