Sunday, July 25, 2010

Antique mirror: Ready for the dump?

When I think of mirror on a backsplash, typically, a bar area or commercial space comes to mind. The trend is using old materials in new ways. Today, let’s consider antique mirror. Old mirror that is tarnished and distressed is a unique surface for a backsplash.


Antique mirrors can be found at flea markets, antique stores or maybe your own attic. There are also products you can buy to simulate an antique look on a new mirror. Take your newly discovered mirror to a glass cutting shop and they can cut your large mirror into workable square or rectangular tiles. Make sure you get good sounds advice from Traditions in Tile on the setting material that is needed for the thickness of your new tiles and the surface they are going on.  Then simply lay it as you would any other tile. You will want to grout it with an un-sanded grout so you do not scratch the mirror any more than necessary.


Antique mirror is a unique surface which provides a wonderful reflective quality yet you do not have to worry about seeing and cleaning every water spot. This would be a perfect solution to a dark or small space that could use some brightening. It also provides an element of glamour and charm. And who couldn’t use a little bit of glamour and a little more charm?

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