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DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Last year, I used a mirror as the base for some simple quote art [you can see that DIY here].
I live in a narrow house, so adding mirrors really helps add the feeling of space.  I've really struggled to find a mirror for my fireplace that is what I'm after in size, design and cost - so I'm up-styling a staple IKEA mirror [STAVE] to achieve the look I want.



| WHAT YOU NEED|
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Ikea STAVE Mirror | Lead Trim Tape [I needed just under 1 and 1/2 rolls] | Scissors/Craft Knife



| HOW YOU MAKE IT |



To start, I removed the frame from my mirror - it's kept in place with small side pins and lots of glue - so I used a craft kife to break the glue up and a small, flat screwdriver to help remove the sections.  Some bits came away easily and others needed a little more pressure, but the mirror didn't get damaged and neither did I - take care if the mirror you are using is fixed in place in this way!
It's a bit of pot luck as to the finish of the mirror edges, but the IKEA mirrors don't seem to have been snapped and have been neatly cut, but the edges and corners will need protecting and you will need to take care.
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Before starting, make sure your mirror is completely clean.
The trim I am using is self-adhesive and comes with a smoothing tool - but it really is as easy as applying tape.
To cover the raw mirror edges and to make them safe and protected, I outlined the mirror with the trim, keeping in line with the mirror edge:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Cut and use slightly more length than required and where the corners meet, use a craft knife to mark a neat 45 dgree angle and cut the trim to sit flush - it requires little pressure and can also be easily cut with scissors.
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Use the tool to firmly stick the tape down in place, but also to smooth the edges, help even out any lines and to mesh the edges and ends together.

Once completed, I drew my intended design on a piece of paper for reference and then used washi tape to ensure that I achieved straight lines and a measured and cut piece of paper also helped me make sure the measurements were equal in design!
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
When applying my lead tape,  I used slightly more length than required, allowing the ends to overlap and again, used the tool to help smooth the tape in place and ensure it was secure:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Keep in mind the areas of trim that will overlap or those that will meet - there are 8 points where 2 lines will overlap.

Once the design was in place, I took each corner in turn to neaten these areas and make my cuts - using the craft knife to make a 45 degree cut through the trim
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
....and then again in line with the outline to neaten:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
For the overlap, I left this fairly smooth but you could really define this, as it traditional with lead trim, with the tool [I may change my mind about this at a later date! or I may end up trimming the lead where the two strips meet for a flush finish - I'll let you know!]
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Now your design has been applied and once you are happy with the finish, your mirror is ready to display!
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
This can be adapted to any shape and size of mirror, whether functional or decorative and I'm tempted to try out the technique on the longer version of the STAVE in my bedroom.
If Home Decor DIYs and crafts are your bag - you can find more ideas right HERE.

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DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror

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