Do you usually throw away your old mirrors? If your answer is yes, consider giving your old or broken mirrors a second life. You can repurpose them for both indoor and outdoor use, giving your home fresh, unique décor. If you’re a creative, you can turn your undesirable mirrors into handmade gifts.
In today’s blog, we’ll explore a few ways to help you transform your mirrors into a cool project.
The Benefits of Upcycling Mirrors
A well-placed mirror can be a useful asset to even the dimmest room. Mirrors can make space appear larger and more open, and they can evenly distribute light and emphasize a room’s colors. Additionally, they can brighten up a room that lacks windows. One of the lesser talked about advantages of mirrors, however, is how easily you can transform them into a fun, DIY project.
Discover three ways to upcycle your old or broken mirrors.
1. Create Unique Frames
You can repurpose an old wall mirror by placing it into a picture frame. All you’ll need is a pair of glass cutters to trim down large ones. After you finish trimming your mirror to the perfect size, mount it inside a picture frame.
Place your new, framed mirror in a room or stairwell that needs more lighting. Alternatively, you can use it as a tray for your jewelry.
2. Place Your Mirror Outdoors
If you’re like most people, you’ve never considered placing a mirror in your backyard. Although it may sound silly, putting a wall mirror in your garden can add an element of curiosity to your house.
Set it behind a garden statue or water feature to create the illusion of depth in your yard. If you have a workshop set up in your backyard, you can place your mirror behind your workbench so that you can monitor your kids as you work.
You can also place it in a secret place within your garden to create an air of magic, which works best if you own garden gnomes, fairies, and dragonfly decorations.
3. Make a Mirror Mosaic
A mosaic is an artistic design or picture made out of any assembled materials, and they typically consist of stone, tile, or glass. Even if your broken mirror is beyond repair, you can use its shards to create a one-of-a-kind mosaic masterpiece.
Use the shards as interesting components in your next painting; you can turn them into sun rays that reflect at the viewer. Alternatively, you can cover your garden statues and orbs with broken mirror pieces to curate a mosaic garden piece.
If you’re looking for practicality, consider tiling an outdoor table or fountain with broken mirror pieces to create an artistic yet functional piece.
Renovating? Murray Glass Can Help
Although you can have lots of fun with broken glass, you may want to put the broken pieces back together—especially if your mirror is an antique or a hand-me-down. Murray Glass specializes in glass repair, and we’re committed to salvaging your piece to make it look good as new. Best of all, we offer 24/7 emergency repair service. Schedule your consultation today.