Mirrored furniture is a beautiful addition to traditional, contemporary, cottage or shabby chic style rooms. Decorating your furniture with mirror tiles is a simple do-it-yourself project that brings light, texture and design to simple wood furniture.
Tools & Materials
You can make your own mirrored furniture with 12-inch-by-12-inch tiles you can cut to fit the top, sides and front of your furniture pieces. You can find the tiles in packs of six at a home improvement store. You'll also need mirror adhesive to secure the tiles in place; you can use mirror mastic that's applied with a caulking gun or pick up a pack of adhesive strips or squares designed specifically for the tiles. It's important to use the right adhesive when you're attaching mirrors so the glue will not bleed through the face of the mirror. You'll need a measuring tape and/or a T-square to fit the tiles; you can use a glass cutter to score the tiles and grozing pliers to snap the score lines.
Making do-it-yourself mirrored furniture is a three-step process beginning with the design of your piece. Lay out the tiles to fit the space so you can dry fit the design and mark any necessary cut lines. A T-square ruler is a helpful tool when you need to make a straight cut. Just lay the tiles in place, mark the face of the tile where the beginning of the cut line should be and then use the T-square to mark a straight line. Score the line with your glass cutter in one direction only; do not drag the cutter back and forth. You can snap the line in two by placing the grozing pliers over the end of the score line and applying pressure until the mirror snaps.
It's a good idea to wear protective gloves and glasses when you're cutting any kind of glass or mirror. To secure the tiles, apply the adhesive to the back, place them on the furniture and press down gently, but firm enough for the tiles to connect with the wood.
Consider the possibilities of adding mirror tiles to your existing décor to make mirrored furniture that will fit in a shabby chic, cottage or contemporary style room. You can transform an old wood bedside table to fit a shabby chic style bedroom with a fresh coat of paint and mirror tiles on the face of the drawers, top and sides. You could also tile the top of a dresser with mirror tiles for a cottage style room. To create a modern buffet for your dining room, cover the top and the drawer fronts with mirror tiles. For a traditional china cabinet, add mirrors to the vertical panel behind the shelving and showcase your china and collectibles.
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