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DIY Beveled Mirror Tile Overmantel

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I had a large empty space over my fireplace and wanted a wall with some wow.
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I thought some type of mirror might be nice…until a local glass company told me an unframed beveled-edge mirror in the size I needed was upwards of $600…and required professional help to hang it. (Can you imagine how much it would weigh?)
Sigh.
After looking for inspiration on line, I decided to build an overmantel. I'd use purchased wood molding to duplicate the woodworking of the original fireplace and these beveled mirror tiles:
Seemed pretty simple…attach the squares, trim with molding, paint and enjoy!
This was the plan:
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But the devil is in the details. And it seemed that each seemingly simple step came with unexpected problems to solve. Well…. they were unexpected to ME since I was making this up as I went along.
Problem-solving is at the heart of every true DIY project. You just have to think your way through it and not give up. It’s all worth it in the end. (Visit DustandDoghair.com for the full blog post AND my solutions.)
I had to figure out how to SAFELY attach the mirrors to the wall…
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deal with packs of uneven tiles….
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and find a way to make all the uneven edges of the tiles look even…
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Attach a large wood header securely to the wall, then trim it out with moldings (and miters!!!).
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There were several times I thought about quitting…but I stuck with it. And am I glad I did!
Because now my fireplace looks like this:
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All that's left is to decorate!

To see more: http://dustanddoghair.com/2016/11/01/diy-fireplace-overmantel-project-lessons-learned/

  • Vanessa
    Vanessa Cleveland, OH

    Beautiful!

  • Jessie
    Jessie Dundalk, MD

    Beautiful job! Perseverance paid off beautifully.. I am thinking of attempting something similar BUT I would etch the lining on back of tiles to give that "antique, weathered almost mercury glass effect " Thanks for the inspiration!

    • EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com
      EmDirr @... Pittsford, NY

      That would be very, very pretty! Be sure to post yours... and how you achieve the etching...to inspire someone else... 🙂

  • Maria Powell

    It looks like you have a window on top of the fireplace.

    • EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com
      EmDirr @... Pittsford, NY

      You're right...it does kind of look like a window :)

  • Rpepplesjr

    Very nice. But the low pictures bothered me right away. Maybe add more art so it isn't so symmetrical. Vary the size and shape of the frames. Don't you love it when you accomplish something and it is so beautiful!

    • EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com
      EmDirr @... Pittsford, NY

      Yes, I knew we would have to change up the artwork to something more vertical. Despite the fact that they are actually hung pretty high, the illusion is just the opposite. They were changed to vertical artwork for now, but eventually I intend to

  • Jane Burgett

    I've been considering doing something with beveled mirror tiles. Not sure what yet, but definitely will do it. Yours is beautiful, great job. If I may ask, where did you get your tiles?

    • EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com
      EmDirr @... Pittsford, NY

      Thanks, Jane! Mine came from Lowe's. Home Depot also carries them.

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