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Make Your Own Mirrored Furniture

Written by The Plastic People
30/01/2018 14:03:13

How To Make Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture has been popping up everywhere and many of our customers have excelled with their own mirrored furniture creations so we thought it was time to feature some of their work and talk about how you can transform your furniture to make your own mirrored creations. Mirrored furniture can be so expensive to buy and easy to break and that's why we love our acrylic mirror for this purpose.

Acrylic mirror wardrobe door panels   Acrylic Mirror Dance Studio   Plastic Mirrored dressing table top   DIY Mirrored Bedside Table

Because acrylic mirror is 10 x stronger than glass mirror it is much, much harder to break. If it did ever break, you wouldn't find it in hundreds of tiny pieces like a broken glass mirror - rather one or two large pieces.  The other wonderful thing about acrylic mirror is its weight.  It is around half the weight of glass so it is remarkably easy to lift. Being both light weight and superstrong means acrylic mirror is much safer to work with than glass. And great in children's rooms. We love the picture sent in by the mum who has incorporated a mini dance studio to her daughter's bedroom!

Easy Mirror Facelifts
You can mirror just about any piece of furniture as long as its eadges are square and its surfaces are flat.  Furniture with clean, simple lines are choice candidates for the easiest of mirror facelifts!  One of the simplest projects to start off with is to refresh an existing table with a just a mirror top, leaving the rest of the table as is.

If you’re more confident, you could have a go at covering an entire table in mirror – remember when you measure up for the mirror to go on the table legs plan for one mirror piece to overlap the adjacent piece, so you get a clean edge.

If you’d like to create a really sophisticated look with mirror, you could make a pattern to lay out over your table top or go for a mosaic look using smaller pieces of mirror.

Choosing Mirror
Before you start transforming any piece of furniture with mirror (whether acrylic or glass) measure up or make templates of the areas you wish to cover.  We recommend having the measurements for all sides and tops but for anything like drawers to provide a template in case of slight variations in drawer sizes and also so you can mark out where you want holes drilled for hardware / drawer handles.

You can take your measurements and templates to your local glass shop or if you decide to use acrylic mirror or polycarbonate mirror the friendly team at The Plastic People will be happy to give you a quote if you email your measurements and template.  If you have only measurements you could get an immediate price online.

Whichever option you choose, your mirror supplier can cut the mirror to the sizes and shapes you need and drill any holes where you might want them, saving you the tricky job.    With a bit of planning and patience on your part you can have all the mirror shapes you need supplied without having to attempt the cutting yourself.  If you like to order online, the added benefit of acrylic mirror is that it is unlikely to break during transit as it is so much stronger than glass mirror. 

Fixing Mirror
Depending on what the piece of furniture you wish to cover with mirror, your fixing choices vary.  If you are covering the top of a piece of furniture - for example, the grey dressing table above - you may simply wish to lie the mirror onto the top of the furniture and give it some resistance by using some rubber stops to prevent slippage.  If you wish to adhere mirror to your furniture - for example, covering wardrobe doors above - you may prefer a clean, seamless look and like to choose a suitable adhesive rather than mechanically fixing the mirror with screws. A suitable adhesive for acrylic mirror is Evo-stik's Acrylic Mirror Adhesive.   

Top Tips For Fitting Acrylic Mirror
If you are considering working with acrylic mirror, here are our top tips to fitting them successfully:

  1. For best results fix acrylic mirror to a completely flat wall or surface. If you are fitting it to a wall which is not completely flat and smooth, or you are not sure, it is best to fit it first to something rigid such as a piece of MDF.

  2. If you are bonding mirrored acrylic to wood, brick, plaster or other wall substrates, use Acrylic Mirror Adhesive  – it won’t adversely affect the mirrored acrylic. 

  3. If you’re screwing acrylic mirror in place, have the holes drilled a little oversize. This will allow the acrylic mirror to expand and contract with temperature changes. Note that acrylic mirror can warp in variable temperatures. Changes in humidity levels cause the biggest variation.

  4. Do not over tighten screw fasteners as it will cause dimpling and distortion. 

  5. If you are going to drill the acrylic mirror yourself back up the surface with a durable material like plywood so the drill bit continues into a solid material preventing chipping on the opposite side of the mirror.

For further advice using acrylic mirror our team of friendly plastic epxerts will be glad to help. Contact them here.

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