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DIY Beveled Mirror Tile Overmantel

I had a large empty space over my fireplace and wanted a wall with some wow.
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?)
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:
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…
deal with packs of uneven tiles….
and find a way to make all the uneven edges of the tiles look even…
Attach a large wood header securely to the wall, then trim it out with moldings (and miters!!!).
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:
All that's left is to decorate!

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  • Mary Weaver-Davis
    Mary Weaver-Davis Richmond, CA
    on Nov 1, 2016

    That is very very VERY cool. Hmmmm......your making me think....haha

  • Sue
    on Nov 3, 2016

    So pretty!! Love it

  • Cass
    Cass Valley City, OH
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Wish I'd seen this 10 years ago.

  • Ellie Lajuett
    Ellie Lajuett Hilton, NY
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Looks awesome!

  • Mary
    Mary Duluth, MN
    on Nov 3, 2016

    I have beveled glass in my front door, and when the evening sun hits it, I get rainbows all over my living room and dining room walls, and I just love it. Actually I get them on furniture and the carpeting also. I do hope you get some reflective colors from your beveled mirrors on opposite walls to enjoy! I am curious about one thing. May I ask why your wall pictures are so close to the floor? I have art on every wall in my home, and was told to put them at "my" eye level, which I did, and for those not my height, it is just as pleasurable as it is to me.

    • Rcwmmm
      7 days ago

      I think it's just because it's such a tall and room and now that you added the beautiful mirror focal point that goes high, it makes the pictures appear low. If you are in the room the effect is likely very different (the pictures appear at eye level) but from the angle of the photos taken, they look at knee level. :D

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