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Mirrored Bedroom Wall

Hello, I have a wall in my bedroom that has really become quite an eyesore. The ENTIRE wall is mirrored!! It is 8ft high and approximately 11 ft wide. I have contemplated building shelves with open backs to let mirror show through. I have also thought of looking at frosting tutorials, and stencilling but STILL have not been truly inspired. Does anyone have any ideas, or finished projects perhaps that they can show me to possibly inpire me with this wall??? Removing it is a BIG pain, and can be quite messy (already went thru that on a wall downstairs living space). These mirrors WERE quite popular in the mid 90's and I never thought I would grow tired of them.....but I have! I also have them in TWO side by side bathrooms on first floor, LOL. The broken pieces and small shards of mirror STILL sit in a very large bucket on my deck because I refuse to throw away. I know I will have an artistic revelation later and want to use in a mural? I don't know, I just know they did cost a lot of money and are very difficult to remove without breaking. So I figure to use that wall to a greater potential, i just have to find a solution to work with it. Thank You Maria Salcedo

  • Cassi Rasmussen
    Cassi Rasmussen Peoria, AZ
    on May 15, 2013

    What is your style? vintage, shabby chic, modern?

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on May 16, 2013

    You could use molding (inexpensive wood or foam and then paint it) and run it up and down, OR side to side (creating a mirrored stripe effect) and frame the entire mirror with the same molding. OR you could also cover the entire piece with Wallpaper or Fabric. I've done both with good results. Can't wait to see all the suggestions and you're final project 'reveal'!

  • Shelly
    Shelly Atlanta, GA
    on May 16, 2013

    I dealt with a similar situation with a client who had a wall of mirror over her garden tub. To create visual impact and down play the mirror I hung a large piece of canvas art on top of the mirror. I left only about 6" of mirror exposed around the sides of the artwork to serve as a frame. The artwork added colos and drama and with the little bit of mirror still showing we were still able to take advantage of the light reflection the mirror provided. I used 3M Command Hooks to hang the art. You could do the same, hanging one or two pieces of art directly over the mirror. Also, don't be afraid to position a piece of furniture in front of the mirror to help downplay it.

  • Sharyn Diaz
    Sharyn Diaz La Pine, OR
    on May 16, 2013

    Have you considered wallpaper? There is so much to choose from...grasscloth or burlap textured are my personal favs...you have to use the correct adhesive and never forget there is glass behind it by trying to hammer a picture hook into it.

  • Accentuations!
    Accentuations! Medina, OH
    on May 16, 2013

    Hello Maria! Your problem is not uncommon at all. It would help to know the style of the room/furnishings before giving you any ideas. I have had to do this for a client before and fabric was the answer. Could you let us know your style and what furniture is near that wall? Thanks! Sallie Homza, ACCENT'UATIONS accentuations@neo.rr.com

  • Mary B
    Mary B Thorofare, NJ
    on May 18, 2013

    Why not try a faux brick wallpaper, there are many patterns that are realistic......wall paper has come a long way. Good luck.

  • Kathleen M
    Kathleen M
    on May 19, 2013

    I would love to see a photo of the room and the lay out of the furniture. It would really help to know if there is furniture positioned on the wall. I feel that there might possibly be a way to use that mirror.

  • Maria Salcedo
    Maria Salcedo Chicago, IL
    on May 21, 2013

    Omgoodness!! Thank You everyone for the WONDERFUL ideas! My style is Vintage, Shabby, and Romantic. I'm working on my bedroom lampshade now. Using cool Walgreen gift bags for cover media because it has cool black and white pattern. The black on the gift bag feels like a velour. For my mirror, I think I will try something with White Lace, and somehow incorporate my other colors of grey, whites, pinks and black colors. I don't have pictures of mirror yet because I have a bunch of boxes in front of it temporarily now. But, I'm reupholstering vintage chairs with fabrics. The pictures are what I'm using for my lampshades. Haven't started that project yet because everything is "STILL" in dream stage. But, I'm getting closer....The Roll of gift paper is reversible and I plan to use it somehow in a mod podge or decoupage project. here are pics of gift paper and bags. For now this is the start. Thanks everyone.

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on May 22, 2013

    @Maria Salcedo Sounds wonderful! Happy creating and when you're ready please do post a pic or 2! xo

  • Kathleen M
    Kathleen M
    on May 24, 2013

    Ahh...well, since you have given me a bit of inspiration with your photos, I have another thought. I once hung a large mirror from the ceiling to hang in front of an existing wall of mirror. If you attached a curtain rod to the ceiling close to the mirrored wall, you could hang a collection of vintage frames to the rod with colorful ribbons. The frames could be painted uniform color to unify the arrangement. Make sure to paint the frames front and back, because the backs might show a bit reflected in the mirror.

  • Maria Salcedo
    Maria Salcedo Chicago, IL
    on May 24, 2013

    Kathleen, that is a WONDERFUL idea!!! I had thought about the curtain and rod before. But the idea of hanging frames is GREAT! You wouldn't believe the stash of "old goodies" I have and can pull out. although most of my empty frames are large I may just go hunting for smaller ones. either on my house or flea market. thank you. I promise to take before and after photos for everyone.

  • Kathleen M
    Kathleen M
    on May 25, 2013

    I'm glad you like it Maria! Try mixing large and small. I'm glad you have a stash- that makes it a really low cost project. I can't wait to see how it comes out. You can find some really great patterned ribbons to use to hang the frames :o)

  • Mary Insana
    Mary Insana Pittsburgh, PA
    on Aug 9, 2013

    We had the same type wall to wall mirrors in our dining room. I didn't think I'd ever get tired of them either. When I told friends I was getting rid of the mirrors, most of them asked WHY ?

    Before Picture
When we moved in it was just the mirrors and the long counter top type piece. I had a china closet custom built under the counter

    Before Picture When we moved in it was just the mirrors and the long counter top type piece. I had a china closet custom built under the counter

    Unstained cabinets stained in red mahogany.

    Unstained cabinets stained in red mahogany.

  • Shirley
    Shirley Winter Haven, FL
    on Aug 10, 2013

    Another thing you can do is to get shelf paper with sticky back on it, then put it up ,cut out different shapes like trees or leaves or anything you wish, then cut out pattern with razor blade and then etch the pattern on the mirrors.that you have just cut out and then peel off what is left. It really is A nice effect. I did this on my closet doors that was covered in mirrors. But I guess you could also paint where you cut the pattern out , that way if you get tired of it just scrape it off and do A whole different pattern.

  • I like the idea of a curtain, it could look quite pretty.

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