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How to Decorate your Bathroom Mirror

Whenever you think about bathroom mirrors, they hardly bring to mind the epitome of style. More often a practical necessity compared to a fanciful form, the mirror often gets lost or simply forgotten in bathroom decorating endeavors. Decorating a bathroom mirror may be a little puzzling at first, but with endless possibilities it can provide the inspiration for the entire decorating theme within the bathroom or it may be the crowning beauty of the magnificently decorated room. Whether you do have a mirrored vanity or a flat mirror, following are some recommendations that may make your looking glass a glass worth looking at.

Obviously, when considering the decorating options for mirrors, you have to remember the objective of the object and maintain enough viewing space to still use the mirror. You will also need to take under consideration opening ability if it’s a vanity or medicine cabinet, which kind of lights are above the mirror and just how close the mirror’s edge would be to any other objects. Now that you have those things in mind it’s time to search through a number of options.

This first suggestion is etching your mirror. This is a good idea because it can be used on either a flat mirror or perhaps a vanity and you don’t need to bother about whether it opens or the location where the lights are. The one drawback is that it is long lasting, so be sure this is actually the look you would like prior to starting. You will need etching cream, a new craft paintbrush, a clear contact paper and a craft knif. All of these items are often found in most craft stores. Decide on the pattern you want etched in to the glass and draw or trace it on the contact paper. Choose an item from the shower curtain or wall border or a nice flower border that matches your design. The sky is the limit for etching patterns. You may also bring in leaves from your yard to trace if that’s the appearance you would like. Once you have your pattern on the contact paper, cut the design out with the craft knife. Peel and stick the contact paper to the mirror with the cutout where you would like your etching. Make sure the edges of the cutout are firmly followed the mirror’s surface by smoothing around all of them with your fingertip. Now, following the instructions on the container, apply the etching cream on the mirror with the paintbrush. When it’s finished, in accordance with the time provided in the instructions, wash with warm water and remove the contact paper. Now you have a customized mirror with not much money or effort!

An enjoyable idea for dressing a flat mirror would be to frame it, either with a custom cut frame or rough-cut lumber, again with respect to the look you want to achieve. This concept requires figuring out just how much space you might have between your mirror and then any object, including lighting fixtures, installed around or over it before you decide on the kind of frame material you would like. If you want to use a custom frame, call your local frame shop and ask them how you can measure the dimensions. When you have your measurements, go to the frame shop and decide on the frame material you would like. It may take a couple of hours or a couple of weeks to have your frame, with respect to the shop. After you have your frame, place it around your mirror (you might need an additional set of hands for this) and nail it in place with finishing nails (make sure the nails are long enough to go through the frame and in to the wall). Cover the nail heads with matching putty or paint and presto – instant artwork! The process is virtually exactly the same if you are using rough-cut lumber except you will need to plan on staining or painting the wood. Or, if you have a lot of space round the sides of the mirror you can mount shutters to provide the room an outdoorsy, spring window feeling. Old shutters is often available at flea markets or antique stores. New shutters can be purchased from most building supply stores or hardware retailers.
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