How Can I Cover Up a Mirror on the Wall Without Taking It Down?

Updated April 17, 2017

Mirror tiles and mirrors are a relatively inexpensive way to add glamour and light to a room. They also make a small space look larger by adding depth to the room. When you no longer want the mirror as part of your decor, there are several ways to cover it without taking it down. The key is to remove the reflective element of the mirror while still using it as an attractive feature on the wall. Glass paint, fabric and artwork accomplish this. For each method, clean the mirror well first.

Draw a sketch of the mirror to scale. Figure out to which parts of the mirror you will apply the stencil if it is not the correct size for the mirror.

Use masking tape to stick the stencil to the glass. Outline the inside of the stencil shapes with liquid leading and allow it to dry. Carefully move the stencil to another part of the mirror. Line the shapes with the liquid leading. Repeat until you have covered as much of the mirror as you would like. Or draw the stained glass design freehand.

Paint within the liquid leading shapes with glass paints. Use a small brush and apply several thin layers of paint. Allow the paint to dry between applications. Paint one colour at a time, then switch to another colour. Use a glass paint marker for small spaces. Allow all the paint to dry.

Purchase a fabric that goes with the decor of your room and is the same size as the mirror. If you need to sew two pieces of fabric together, join them with a flat seam, taking care to match the pattern on each piece.

Coat the fabric with liquid starch so that the fabric is wet but not dripping. Apply the fabric to the mirror. Start at the top, laying the fabric flat against the glass. Smooth out the creases and bubbles as you go. Use a squeegee to smooth out the fabric. The liquid starch will adhere the fabric to the mirror.

Use spray glue instead of liquid starch. You may need to apply the fabric in several pieces so that it is not too heavy for the glue.

Examine your collection of art for pieces to put on the mirror. Look beyond traditional framed pieces and consider posters, photographs and paper memorabilia, such as concert programs and tickets, and children's drawings.

Create frames on the mirror. Use stencils of frames that are large enough to hold the artwork. Place the stencils on the mirror; use glass paint or glass etching solution to colour them in. Let the paint thoroughly dry. Or instead of paint, use lengths of ribbon. Attach it with spray adhesive.

Attach the artwork within the frames using spray adhesive or a reusable pressure-sensitive adhesive. You can change the artwork if you apply a reusable glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid leading
  • Stained glass pattern stencil
  • Masking tape
  • Glass paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glass paint marker
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric
  • Liquid starch
  • Spray adhesive
  • Squeegee
  • Artwork
  • Ribbon
  • Stencils for frames
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About the Author

Christina Ash has been writing since 1982, throughout her career as a computer consultant, anthropologist and small-business owner. She has published work in various business, technology, academia and popular books and journals. Ash has degrees in computer science, anthropology and science and technology studies from universities in England, Canada and the United States.