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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2013

Need to get rid of wall of mirrors...

My home was built in 80's and has a living room wall full of those ugly smoke mirrors. I need an easy, inexpensive way to get rid of them without tearing them out. I am wondering if I could cover with wallpaper. Anyone had experience with this? Got any other ideas?

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Since the mirrors sound like they are from floor to ceiling I think you have your answer in the wallpaper. Pulling them off of the wall will certainly do some damage requiring drywall repair. How much depends on the amount and type of glue used. I'd imagine they are stuck on pretty well. I've removed mirrors and repaired drywall but never tried to cover them over. Obviously you can't nail anything on that wall without breaking them. Covering with wallpaper would hide that the mirrors are there but can increase the risk of someone not realizing they are behind the paper, breaking one accidentally. A safer option might be some sort of paneling, which is also a very dated look, which can be glued to the mirrors. At least this way there is something to keep the mirrors from throwing shards if broken accidentally. Just make sure they are stuck on well. You could even pull the mirrors off and then hide the drywall damage with paneling. All of the above are kind of dated, ugly looks but if you can't afford to do it right you can at least get by with one of these options until you can.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I am assuming these are glued-on, not mounted with hidden slip-in racks or tray fasteners ? If not glued, no problem whatever to remove them (at least for a glass/mirror man).

Several ways I have run across that people have handled these - some people use a mixture of several in one room, usually in a symmetric manner:

1) find a mirror sales/installation company who has a mirror saw (assuming these are surface, not flush mounted) - they can cut through the glue in no time flat, leaving just a small amount of glue to be picked off and a bit of drywall scraping damage to be patched with drywall compound and repainted. The saw is like a bandsaw with a diamond or carbide-coated wire blade like that used to cut granite but on a small scale, that cuts through the glue behind the mirror. Can be done by machine or by hand with 2 people. There are also razor-thin very long saw blades to do this. Probably about $20-30/mirror if you have multiple mirrors.

2) build or have a finish carpenter make finished wood frames to fit around them, and fill the frames with tapestries, paintings, wood veneer, posters, or whatever.

3) above, but deeper with shelves as a curio or display or memorabilia or hobby display case with the mirror showing through behind, or cover mirror with stick-on paper or veneer first

4) hang cloth on it, tightly stretch and fasten around the edges, then pin or hot glue knickknacks or photos, etc on it - I saw one stunning one with special doll hangers to suspend antique dolls, with a clear acrylic plastic case cover built over the front to protect it from dust and such

5) hang tapestries or persian rugs or scene/animal area rugs over them

6) paint a scene on it with oil paints or acrylics

7) apply those stick-on scenery pictures designed for kids rooms or to go over panelling - essentially contact-glue backed scenery wallpaper

8) cover with fancy art paper - there are some incredibly fancy and intricate interior design papers - I would think photomount spray adhesive or spray contact cement on both surfaces per instructions would work fine

9) have shrink-wrapped with a design or photo - the kind of shrink appliques they are putting on buses and vans for advertising - getting relatively cheap with new high-volume printers at sign shops, and available in a LOT of patterns and photo images

10) cover with a double-layer acrylic hinged face that you can open up (hinged at bottom) and open back acrylic piece, and lay matted photos pressed between the two pieces, then close back up and hinge backup into place - makes a dynamic display case for photos, diplomas, certificates, etc that can be changed at will

11) just conceal with highboys or bookshelves, with or without a drape to conceal the mirrors behind

12) applique with peel and stick window frosting or stained glass effect sheeting, or have acid etched in a pattern (or learn to do it yourself)

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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