Decorative mirrors come in many sizes and styles and are used to accent rooms. They can help a room look bigger, add light and provide a function. Mirrors can be full-length or small vanity mirrors. Mirror frames are available in metals, woods and many other materials. Some mirrors are mounted on the outside of the frame and the screw heads are visible. These may stand out visually because their steel colour contrasts with the mirror frame. You can easily mask this problem with decorative screw caps that compliment or match the frame. Or instead, you can use contrasting screw caps to add a decorative flair to your mirror frame.
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Things you need
- Decorative screw caps
- Drill (optional)
Choose a mirror that will accent your home's decor. In order to use decorative screws, you will need a mirror that has screw holes on the outside. These are different from mirrors that are hung using fasteners on the back. Count how many screws and decorative screw caps you will need to hang your mirror.
Buy enough screws for your mirror. Make sure the screws are the right size for the holes in the mirror. They must also be compatible with the wall material you are hanging it on. For example, use drywall screws for drywall.
Hang the mirror using the appropriate screws. Use a screwdriver that matches the screw head type. Make sure the mirror is even and that all the screws are securely in place.
Find and purchase decorative screw caps that will fit your screws. Caps come with ends that snap into place. These ends must match the type of screws you are using. For instance, if you are using Phillips-head or "cross-head" screws, you will need Phillips-head caps. You can also buy decorative screw caps that are self-adhesive. Screw caps can be found in various shades of metal and wood so they will blend with the mirror's frame. Or if you like, you can choose contrasting screw caps that will stand out as a decorative element against your mirror frame.
Press the screw caps into place using your thumb. Make sure they are lined up properly so they snap into place easily. If you are using self-adhesive screw caps, remove the paper on the back and press the sticky covers over the screws so they cover the entire screw head.
Tips and warnings
- You may need to drill pilot holes in the wall for the screws before fastening the mirror to the wall.
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