The Craft In Me

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

What to do with a cracked mirror

Two solutions for a cracked mirror:


This mirror got cracked a year ago during a move. Granted the mirror has only one crack and it’s in the corner, but I still could not live with this imperfection. I also could not throw away a perfectly good mirror so there had to be a clever way to save it.

My first solution was to hide the cracked portion behind some curtains. Giving it sort of “window” feel. It was easy enough, I just hung a curtain rod and curtains like a regular window and easy peasy, no more crack.






But knowing that I wouldn’t be keeping this look for long there had to be another way to disguise the imperfection once more.


Initially, and I still may end up doing this, I was going to mod podge some fabric along both sides of the mirror which would hide the crack and still be attractive enough that it would just look like a decorated mirror. But, I could not find just the right fabric I had rumbling around in my head. So, I’ll wait till the right print comes along and then go for it.


Meanwhile, my creative juices searched another pathway to ingenuity. I don’t remember how I came to this conclusion but I decided to use paint.


Since I’m a lover of swirlies and scrolls I could simply incorporate the crack right into a nice swirl pattern! Yes, this could work!


Oh, and I painted over the golden frame too. The mirror did not start out gold, I had been using this golden glaze on everything around the house and the mirror was one of the many victims.


Using regular craft paint, I painted the frame and the swirls black.


Painting on a mirror is somewhat challenging because I couldn’t pencil in a sketch first so I painted free hand.


Painting right along the crack. You can't even tell it's there.



I'm not quite finished and will post complete pictures when it's all done, but what a perfect disguise!


Please excuse the not so clear pictures. Photographing a mirror has no perks! The only way to get a halfway decent shot is to lay the mirror on the floor because it will give somewhat of a plain background.



But like I mentioned, I'm not finished, it definitely needs more swirls and a spritz of Windex.


I could have done both sides but I really liked the one side deal, it adds a bit of artistry, don’t ya think?

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28 comments:

  1. Amazing creative solution!! Looks great!

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  2. Great idea!! I love revamping stuff like that cause I hate to throw it away.

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  3. THAT IS creative, great job, love it! jen

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  4. What a cute and clever solution! I have never thought of painting around the crack! Brilliant!

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  5. That would look cute on any mirror, cracked or not. Great idea!

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  6. wow, you can't see the crack whatsoever! great job!

    Kimra
    http://crafty-cove.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a great solution, I love it! I'd love for you to link this up with our party and show it off. http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/10/all-about-you-monday-link-up.html

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  8. Very creative solution to a frustrating problem!

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  9. That was super clever! Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Mad in Crafts party.

    Vicki at http://www.rustyroostervintage.blogspot.com/

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  10. Awesome! You are so creative. I love the curtain idea. I have a mirror that was broken down one side, and curtains would be perfect!

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  11. Most excellent and clever solution. Looking at it now, you could also have done a branch with a bird, or a twining vine. Good thinking!

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  12. So cute! I would love to have you link up over at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday party! :)

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!
    www.sassysites.blogspot.com

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  13. Brilliant! I love swirlies, too! OKC is very special to my family! We have traveled from Idaho to OKC seven times in the past year and a half so far to get treatment for my son's eyes. LOOOOOVE Oklahoma!!!

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  14. Great job on the transformation! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Hopefully we can see you again next Tuesday! xoxo

    -Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  15. Very clever! I will never again throw out a cracked mirror!

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  16. Perfect. And to think I passed up a cracked mirror thrifty the other day!

    -Dani @ <JustDropsintheBucket

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  17. Oh my gosh! You are a genius! I will never ever pass up a cracked (but otherwise beautiful) mirror at a garage sale again! Thanks so much for the tip!!!!

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  18. Wow! Looks great. I think I'd keep it that way. Mod Podging fabric might translate the crack through the fabric.

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  19. Oh sister! What a great idea. I have a window at the top of my door that has a crack. There is no way to fix it other than replace the door. This just might work! Thanks!

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  20. Genius! Stinkin' Genius!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie linky Party!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  21. Brilliant solution! Thanks so much for linking up to my Open House :)

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  22. Brillian! I love it! Swirls are always a nice way to add some glamour to a project! Thanks so much for sharing your solution!

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  23. WOW! I would never have thought of doing that.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

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  24. hmmm? Wonder if i can do that with my cracked windshield...lol Love the idea!

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  25. What a great idea! It turned out so well - really really cool!!

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  26. very clever idea!

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)