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Ask Casa: A Web Order Gone Wrong

Hi Casa,
So I did something really dumb and ordered a big piece of furniture online before I saw it. I love the idea of this Contemporary Swivel Mirror, but unfortunately it's made out of incredibly cheap particleboard.

Even more unfortunate, the return policy is draconian, and I'm feeling too lazy to return it. I'm trying to think of a way to make the mirror look at least a little more interesting. One thing I'm thinking of is spray-painting it gold. Do you have any other ideas?
Thanks and Happy New Year!
Zulkey

To hear my suggestions for Zulkey,

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Hi Zulkey,
What a bummer! I feel like sometimes web retailers can be really sneaky about listing what their products are made from. I'm sorry!

I wouldn't recommend just painting this mirror unless you're unhappy with the color, because paint alone won't conquer the particleboard problem. I do, however, have some other suggestions for you.

One would be to have four strips of wood cut to match the size and shape of the mirror frame and adhere them as a façade. Either paint them or stain them to finish off the look. Or, you could do the same thing with four strips of mirror, or adhere mirror squares, like the Ikea Lots Mirror. You could also adhere decorative tin ceiling tiles to the face. But, you'll want to take your measurements, as many tend to be quite large. Another thought is to go down to your hardware store and pick up four pieces of decorative wood molding to adhere to the mirror frame with wood glue. You may have to have the shop to cut them to the exact size for you. In this case, you'll definitely want to paint or stain the wood, and a can of gold spray paint might actually work wonders!

Hope that helps! Be sure to add before and after photos to the Su Casa group!
Cheers,
Casa

Join The Conversation
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Hmmm, it really depends on the rest of your interior. Finish the mirror that complements your existing room.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
thanks all! And I did review it on Amazon, not favorably! I appreciate it.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
put vinyl stickers on it
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Total bummer but great suggestions to salvage it. :)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I suggest you write a review about the item on Amazon as well.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
Casa told you about strips of wood but ypu can buy strips of veneer, in whatever type of "wood surface" you like - they adhere quicky just by ironing them. Depending where you buy them, they can also be "peel ans stick". Here is one type of the many you can find online (they send you a sample first if you wish, so you won't repeat the mirrot mistake :-P ) http://www.tapeease.com/wood_weave.htm
brookberrys brookberrys 8 years
Good suggestions, Casa. My first thought was to also decorative tiles, maybe like a mosaic border around the mirror.
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