I love mirrors, don’t you? Every home should have a healthy selection of looking glass. Mirrors help to bounce light around a space (desperately needed now the clocks have gone back) and of course, they give you somewhere to preen.
Mirrors also happen to be brilliant for freshening up your home with the seasons. Take Halloween for example, when the black mirror moved from the lounge to the hallway, the ‘sunny’ mirror went from the hallway to the bedroom, and the new black Baroque mirror moved from the bedroom into the lounge.
Mirrors come in a myriad of styles and colours to suit any taste and this ornate full length mirror from Dunelm was perfect for a small area I’d been working on.
The only problem was the back.
I mean look at it.
Talk about UGLY!
I get it. Ordinarily, we put mirrors against the wall, so who cares what the back looks like? But this mirror lives on OneandSeventy’s landing, which means the back is on full display to anyone visiting the second floor.
Not quite the stylish look I was going for!
I did try removing the whacking great health and safety sticker, but it started to pull away the backing paper.
I’m kinda glad it did to be honest, or I might never have thought to cover that paper backing. But having previously used Fablon to make some office storage, I had an idea.
Fablon is a sticky back plastic and appears to be the material of choice in many a Facebook DIY decor group. I can’t say I’m entirely convinced of its efficacy as a splash back (if you know differently, I’m all ears!), but it IS a brilliant medium. It’s so incredibly easy to use and was perfect for covering the back of this mirror.
First, I checked the width I needed. I was pretty lucky; there was only 2cm difference between the width of the mirror and the roll of Fablon, so I was able to crack on without any additional measuring.
After removing the stand, I laid the mirror face down on the floor and, starting at one end, applied the Fablon. That’s about it. No rocket science required!
All I will say is that when using Fablon, you want to pull the roll taut and take it nice and easy, smoothing out as many bubbles and creases as you can along the way.
When you get to the end, use a scalpel / knife / scissors to cut away any excess at the side/s and bottom to create a nice neat finish.
Annoyingly, the backing paper on this mirror was already creased in places so it’s not perfect. But I think you’ll agree, it’s a million times better than before.
This is one of those projects born out of frustration. The back of that mirror was driving me nuts, irritating the hell out of me every time I went upstairs. Now, the back is just as stylish as the front and all for a few quid.
And it took no time at all. It was a job I’d been putting off for months and in the end, it only took 20 minutes!
So. If you have a mirror and the back is on show, you know what to do. GRAB the FABlon!
Did ya see what I did there?
A hui hou,
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