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24 February 2012 @ 07:25 pm
Mirroring walls on the cheap.  
Anyone still here?

We'd like to mirror part of our garage so that my daughter can have a place to practice her dance form at home. I'd probably use it for yoga and I'm pretty sure my husband would use it as well.

I was kind of thinking we could try to pick up some of those mirrored closets that slide closed,remove the frame, and glue them to the wall. My husband thinks that isn't safe though.

Do any of you have any suggestions on how to do this without spending tons of money?
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my art is your smutshahar_amar on February 25th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
I second Ikea. They even have these mirror tiles in packs of three or the slim wavey ones for very cheap. Put a buch of those next to each other and voila - mirror wall.

Another option would be to ask your daughters dance teacher/studio. They have to get theirs from somewhere, right? One of my old studios had very glossy metal sheets installed instead of glass mirrors. I don't know what they are called and how to get them, but they are probably easy to mount on a wall and quite safe.
The Guerrilla Aesthetegrrillaesthete on February 25th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
If you could get some mirrored closets and install them on a track inside the garage, that would be pretty sweet. You could have them store one behind another, and slide them out when in use. Otherwise, it's not a good idea.

I don't love the Ikea suggestion because the more breaks you have in the mirror, the more distorted the image you get back. I have a pack of the Ikea mirrors in my closet, and I don't really get accurate images. This is especially bad when concerned about alignment (i.e. yoga).

If you don't want to install sliding doors, I would urge you to check out your local mirror/glass shop. That kind of stuff is usually ridiculous cheap, and you can have it cut to exactly the size you want. I also like the polished metal idea, as long as your garage doesn't get too dusty (the dust will scratch the shiny finish right off).
Grenacia Gem Green: readinggrenacia on February 26th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I recently helped friends put up mirrors in their dance studio. They found the ones they liked at Menards, but I expect all the large hardware stores would have them (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.)