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How to Turn Your Plain Mirror into a Bathroom Design Mirror?

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You can add novelties to mirrors to turn them into a bathroom design mirror. You can buy mirrors that are framed in every imaginable material, from woods, metals, plastics, cork to wickerwork and even plaited grass. The smooth hard texture of the glass mirror lends itself to decorating of various kinds.

Incidentally, a flat mirror is not your only option for decorating your bathroom.

How to Frame a Bathroom Design Mirror

The most practical way to frame a bathroom mirror is to install the mirror first in a space where the wall tiles have been removed. You will need to calculate the space you need carefully to allow for the glass as well as whatever frame you choose, leaving no unsightly gaps.

For the bathroom mirror design, you need to use fasteners suitable for the pre-drilled holes in the glass. They usually have neat rounded chrome heads, and screw into strong pre-sunk fittings in the wall.

If you are using decorative tile edgings to frame the mirror, you can position them with tile adhesive all round the mirror, so that they fill the space left between the mirror and the rest of the tiles.

Perhaps your décor calls for stone chips, mosaics, wickerwork, cork or matting. Even frilly, fabric covered board can look stunning framing a bathroom mirror design in a little girl’s bathroom.

If you use wood, you can buy a whole variety of picture framing and wood trim routed into broad or narrow designs, in lengths, and you may even find decorative cornices that may be suitable. You can look in hardware stores, at timber yards or at picture framing and art shops.

You might like to choose rough wood with no routed design in it. For all these frames, you need to measure very carefully and cut the corners into 45 degree angles (for a rectangular mirror) and glue and staple the corners at the back before fastening them around your bathroom design mirror. To fasten them into position, use a good contact adhesive, carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Any small gaps left can be grouted or filled up with silicone caulking. Remember to treat your wood with a good polyurethane sealer to protect it from moisture.

Crafts Involving a Bathroom Design Mirror

If you are artistically inclined, you can do quite a lot in the way of decorating yourself. Working with glass can even become a fascinating hobby in itself. Here are a few ideas for your bathroom mirror design :

• Cut up mirror tiles with a tile cutter into shapes and create your own mosaic. This can give you a bathroom design mirror with very interesting broken reflections and flashing light effects.

• If you have a really steady hand, you can engrave designs by hand with a dremel tool. This is suited for fine lines, such as tendrils, whorls, and other irregular, curving lines. Larger areas on your bathroom design mirror, such as leaves, flowers, birds and animals or geometric designs or straight bands and thick lines are better sand blasted.

• You can have designs, patterns, motifs and images sandblasted onto your bathroom design mirror, to create special effects. If you have a suitable compressor and sandblasting gun, you can do it yourself. Practise first on old pieces of glass or cheap mirror tiles at first, until you get the technique right.

• Or you can try using an etching cream, which you should be able to find at an art supplier, or certain specialist glass stores. You should follow the instructions for using the etching cream, including safety precautions. For both sandblasting and etching you need to transfer your design onto a plastic sheet that is adhesive when the backing is removed. Some printers/plotters will print your design from your computer onto such material. Or you can draw it onto the plastic with pen and ink. Cut out the areas to be sand blasted or etched, then remove the backing and stick the template onto the glass, pressing down firmly and making sure there are no edges lifting, or you won’t get neat crisp outlines. The template protects the parts of your bathroom design mirror that you don’t want etched or sand blasted. If you are sandblasting, the rest of the mirror you can cover with paper and masking tape to protect it from the flying sand.

Remember, whenever you work with glass you will need protective clothing, particularly safety eye wear. Also, don’t work where powdered glass and chips will cause harm to animals, humans, or pollute the environment that they frequent.

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