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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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  1. Amazing creative solution!! Looks great!

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

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

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

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

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


  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.

  8. Very creative solution to a frustrating problem!

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

    Vicki at

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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!!!

  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!

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

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

    -Dani @ <JustDropsintheBucket

  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!!!!

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

  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!

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

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

  26. very clever idea!

  27. I might try te painting some patterns on the crack idea... I'm not the best artist (I might be the worst!) but anything I can accomplish should look better the the current full lenght crack on my mirror...


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