The space above many people’s fireplaces is usually a blank space however there are some who make use of different knickknacks such as photos and other items to take your eye away from the blank space.
That said, there is a solution to making this space pop. One of the best ways you can do this is with beveled mirror tiles. Though it may seem like a big job, it’s actually pretty simple as explained on Dust and Dog Hair.
With this simple yet elegant accessory, you can make your room appear larger, your fireplace will look grander, and most of all, the empty space that normally resides above the fireplace will no longer be that way again.
1. Start with a Plan
Since you are essentially building a new piece of furniture it makes sense to sketch out the plans. This diagram will help you ensure that you have exactly the right amount of materials along with an understanding of where everything goes.
2. Beveled Glass Mirrors
These small mirrors come in packages of 6, so it’s imperative that you get a precise measurement of exactly how many you need. This will help you only go to the hardware store once.
3. Adhere Command Strips to Tiles
The tiles only weigh about 1.5 pounds and the 3M command strips hold roughly 4.5 pounds. That said, it’s best to use 3-4 of these strips per tile. It will distribute the weight well and if you’re in a more humid environment, will keep the tile on the wall with greater efficacy.
4. Affix First Row to Top of Mantel
The best thing to do is start with one row. Let the tiles sit there overnight so you can see how well they are adhering. Furthermore, be sure you have measured the correct distance from each end point so your mirror will be centered.
5. Work Your Way Up the Wall
The best way to work your way up the wall is by affixing the command strips to the wall as you ascend. Be sure your mirrors are ready to go and you’ll be able to stick them onto the wall with ease. This is the part of the job where you’ll have a lot of momentum.