DIY Garden Window Mirror
by GraceAnn Simoni
Here’s a quick DIY idea, and a timely tip, from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.
Enjoy your outdoor view…twice!
Add some sparkle and reflection to you space, with a DIY Garden Window Mirror.
The deck on my house has an overhang that always seems to be a dark corner even in the sunlight. I used an old window frame like this one, with individual window panes about 10″ x 8″, and an old mirror. I had someone cut the mirror panes to fit. (You could do this yourself with a glass cutter knife, gloves, and patience).
Then using Liquid Nails–caulking that is also adhesive (check in the bath remodeling section of the Home Depot)–I glued the pieces in place. I then hung it securely on the siding, creating a “faux” window.
The mirror reflects back onto the deck making it appear more spacious. The mirror also helps to bounce light and make that section beneath the overhang brighter. I then added a window box full of shade loving annuals and it made for a true focal point. Be careful to put your mirror in a shaded space; you do not want the sun reflecting into the mirror directly. Poor yourself a glass of ice tea and enjoy!
I made my garden window mirror a few years back, and have since given it to an appreciative friend. Here are some similar, ready-made ones, that UK readers can purchase and skip the DIY:
Take you current silk plants to the great outdoors and give them a good cleaning.
Just add a couple drops of dish detergent in a (Miracle Grow) dispenser attached to the hose. With the plants lying on their side (too keep water from getting into the pots) hose them off with the solution then rinse thoroughly.
In about an hour of drying time you have fresh looking bright green silk plants.
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