When large-scale construction works on bathroom repair are finished, the most pleasant stage of the arrangement of the room remains - the choice of furniture and accessories. Interior items created by own hands make the house really cozy. Only self-made things can be fully considered unique.
And, if you make yourself a locker or chest of drawers for a bathroom, by far not everyone can, then anyone who wants to build from an improvised material an unusual decoration for a house can. Surely you have old, already irrelevant, but favorite things at home, which are a pity to throw. We propose to give these things a second life, after a little work on them. In this article we will talk about how to make an original and stylish bathroom accessory from an old mirror.
We make the mirror waterproof
All the furniture and decorations that are purchased for the bathroom, must meet one main requirement - to be moisture-resistant. In this room, "climatic conditions" differ significantly from all other rooms in the house: there is constantly high humidity, there are temperature changes, and all furnishings come into contact with water and steam.
Condensate formed on the surface of furniture and accessories will not harm them if the interior has a coating that protects them from moisture. For the bathroom it is recommended to purchase mirrors, the surface of which is treated with a special composition that preserves the mirror coating in its original state. Such mirrors are significantly more expensive than ordinary ones and at home it is impossible to achieve this effect. But you can protect the frame from the moisture and the back of the mirror. To do this, several times, treat the surface with waterproof paint or varnish.
Decorating with your hands
The easiest way to update an old mirror is to decorate it with various decorative elements. You can decorate both the frame and the mirror itself. Using various techniques of arts and crafts - from the most basic, to more complex, you can decorate a mirror in any style you like.
To decorate the mirror in the bathroom, you should choose decorative elements that are not afraid of moisture. These can be beads, buttons, old jewelry, rhinestones, waterproof stickers, etc. All this, for sure, will be found in your jewelry box. You need to choose the glue for counterfeiting, depending on the material, the main thing is that it does not lose its qualities from constant contact with water.
In the bathroom, the mirror, decorated with ornaments obtained from the sea depths, harmoniously looks. Having been on vacation, we often bring with ourselves shells, corals and shells, which then dust somewhere on the shelf. All these marine wonders perfectly tolerate the impact of water and moist air. You can glue them on liquid nails or on any other construction waterproof glue.
Frame made of fabric
Very interesting look pictures and photos, inserted in soft textile frames. Why not experiment and make such a frame for the mirror in the bathroom?
It is very important to choose the right material - it must be waterproof, like the one from which the curtains are sewn for a bath. The base for the frame can be made independently( from plywood, laminate, chipboard, etc.).You will also need a sintepon, glue, scissors, thread and needle.
First of the fabric you need to find a kind of "cover", which we will fit the frame. Then we coat the frame with glue and wrap it with synthepon( the more layers of sintepon you use, the larger the frame will be).Now the frame needs to be packed in a cloth case. In order for the product to be finished, the fabric should be gently stitched along the outer edge. The ready frame can be decorated with buttons, beads or flowers from the fabric.
Decoupage is the decoration of things with paper clippings. The image is cut from paper, glued to PVA on a previously painted surface and varnished. Using decoupage technology you can decorate almost any piece of furniture, and a mirror is no exception. Beginning to master this technique is best from special decoupage cards. After a little practice, you can go to napkins, photos, magazine cuttings, etc.
The products made in the decoupage technique do not tolerate the high humidity of the air very well therefore if you want to hang a mirror decorated in this technology in the bath, first coat it with several layers of waterproof varnish( ideally, there should be 10-12 layers, but tryapply at least 5).
Those who have at least a little know how to draw, probably with ease will cope with the task of painting on the mirror. The choice of a drawing can be anything - from landscapes and sketches to simple abstract drawings - depending on your artistic abilities. Painting is best with acrylic paints, as they tolerate the conditions of the bathroom well.
In addition to the colors, you will need a mixing palette, a set of brushes, contours and varnish for the final coating. To create different invoices, specialists also use a foam rubber sponge, cotton buds, toothpicks and other improvised means.
The most common material for finishing floors and walls in the bathroom is ceramic tiles. From the remnants of the tiles, preserved after the repair, you can make an original frame for the mirror. The more different elements will be in the mosaic, the more effective it will be. Therefore, you can walk through the building shops and collect there fragments of tiles;also spectacularly look fragments of ceramic dishes, glass pebbles, shell beads.
The mosaic elements are glued to the mirror or frame, and the space between them is filled with a grout in the tone. Choose a pattern based on the general style of the bathroom: it can be simple geometry, floral ornament or marine theme, or you can just scatter pieces of the mosaic in artistic disorder.
How to hang a mirror in the frame even a child knows, but what if you decided to do without this decor element? Mirror without frame can be fixed to the wall with liquid nails, the main thing is to apply enough adhesive to enable it to withstand the weight of the mirror. You can also hang a mirror on the screws fixed in the wall. However, for this you will have to take the mirror to the workshop, so that it drills holes for the fasteners.
In shops special wall mounts for mirrors are sold. They are mounted to the wall in such a way that they remain practically invisible while at the same time holding the mirror securely. The mirror looks glued to the wall, but in fact it is firmly fixed on the holders.
And if you fix the mirror on the wall so that it is on the same level with the tile, the effect will be simply stunning. So you can visually increase the space, and create the impression of an endless bathroom. The main thing is not to frame the mirror, let it "merge" with the wall.