DIY Rescue: How to Fix a Broken Mirror
Friday, March 14th, 2014
Do you remember me telling you about all the mirrors that I have broken over the years? Well, there’s another broken mirror that I didn’t break. My son did. With his little face. He was sprinting to the the bathroom when he tripped and fell into the hallway mirror, face first. The bottom half of the mirror was in shards, but his face was intact, not even a scratch.
I’m terribly thankful that my little man’s face was fine. Now about that mirror: I bought it from a thrift shop for cheaper than I could have gotten it at that one store. I thought about replacing it but when I saw the price of mirrors, I decided that I could totally live with a broken mirror. After paying just two dollars for a mirror, I couldn’t bring myself to pay over five.
You may call me cheap, but whenever something breaks, I always, always try to figure out a way to fix it or make it into something else; that is what I did with the broken mirror — I fixed it with some moulding that I had sitting around, and a glass scoring tool that I bough years ago when I thought I’d make my own mirrored furniture (My ADD kicked in and I never got around to it, but now that I have broken mirror pieces … ).
Here is what I did:
I simply scored the glass with my scoring tool; then I took a magazine and placed it over the score mark and then I started tapping lightly (With a small antler. Yes, a deer antler. Because that is what I had handy at the time. I could have used a rubber mallet or a high heel. Hammers, glass, and me don’t mesh well.) I gradually increased the force of my tapping until the mirror broke along the line.
After I got the glass to break, I took my pieces of moulding, made a few mitered cuts, and glued them to the mirror. I ended up with a nicely framed mirror, and a non-smart phone grainy picture that doesn’t do it justice. See…
What do you do when something of yours breaks? Do you replace it? Do you fix it or save it for later so that you can turn it into something else?