How to Dispose of an Old or Broken Mirror

When your mirror is showing signs of aging or has a broken surface, it’s time for a replacement. But before you start searching for custom framed mirrors online, you should have a plan to properly dispose of your broken or old mirror. Here’s how to get it done:

1. Take Safety Precautions

Gear up before handling the glass by using safety glasses, thick gloves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt. This safety gear is useful for protecting your eyes, face, hands, arms, legs, and feet from potentially getting cut by glass shards. Also, have your tools ready in advance to properly label, pack, and clean up any remnants of broken glass from your mirror. Here are some tools and material to have on hand:

  • Tape
  • Trash Bags
  • Boxes
  • Blankets
  • Labels
  • Newspaper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Vacuum

2. Use Tape to Cover Its Surface

If your mirror has cracks or is shattered, you want to prevent it from breaking further and creating a hazard. Use duct tape or masking tape to cover the surface. Any stray pieces of glass will stick to the glue of the tape, so you can avoid the risk of getting hurt as you dispose the mirror.

3. Wrap It and Box It Up

Use bubble wrap or old blankets to wrap up a whole mirror so you can keep it intact and secure. Also, add extra protection by wrapping the mirror with newspaper. Consider placing a broken mirror in a plastic bag and box as an extra precaution. Use labels or write on the outside of the box so handlers can be aware of the broken glass.

4. Dispose of It or Consider a Recycling Center

Carefully place the mirror in the proper container to get rid of it. Clean up the area where you removed it and use bread to pick up any broken glass you may have missed. If your city has a recycling program where they pick up mirrors or broken glass for you, follow the rules for properly identifying and discarding your broken mirror. You also usually don’t have to break the mirror into very fine pieces, since the glass sorter grinds it before transporting it to a recycling facility. You can also recycle your broken mirror yourself if your city or local community has a recycling facility.

Final Thoughts

Getting rid of your old or broken mirror requires being careful and considerate. By taking the necessary safety precautions and properly packaging, labeling, and cleaning up after its removal, you can safely dispose of your mirror with peace-of-mind.

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

Framing a Dining Room Mirror

fmm customer photo of a bronze frame in a dining from

fmm customer photo of a bronze frame in a dining from

Not sure what to do to spruce up that bare mirror in the dining room? No fear, the Add A Frame® can work for any mirror in any space! Adding a Le Flore frame in Bronze made this large wall a new focal point. Complementing with the bronze chandelier and accents, the Add-A-Frame adds another warming touch. Easy to order and even easier to install. See more of our happy customer’s before-and-after shots here. Read More

Catch our Drift(wood)? DIY Driftwood Project

Inspiration. I took a trip to a family member’s lake house this past weekend for some quiet time. While I was there, I had the opportunity to explore and was able to drag out of the lake a few water soaked pieces of driftwood varying in size. Working with driftwood can be tricky. Whether it is the condition of the wood or how it differs from every other piece used, sometimes your end result looks like something that should be thrown back in the lake. There is a fine line between a contemporary piece with rustic inspiration and just a pile of rotting wood!

While these dry out I will be brainstorming ideas for my next creation, but I am considering going with something similar to these below. A more functional bench, or maybe even a centerpiece…


driftwood bench


Check out a few other benches we are digging here.


Driftwood Bowl