Nearly eight years ago, I did an article reporting some of the newest, hottest items I found at the National Hardware Show. Some of the items I report about never see the light of day. Some become regional success stories. Some go national.
I said this about a new little product called Mirr.Edge. "Big bathroom mirrors are susceptible to water damage which blackens the bottom of the mirror. The Millennium International Development Corp., has developed the Mirr.Edge. The kit consists of self-stick, mirrored acrylic bevel strips that attach to the edge of the mirror. The product masks the discoloration and makes the mirror look like beveled glass. The company is trying to get distribution, but my advice is to try mail order."
Almost every home has large mirrors in the dampest place in the house, the bathroom. Sooner or later water gets in at the bottom and destroys the backing. You have to, either throw away a very expensive mirror, get it re-silvered, or live with the ugly black marks.
Mirr.Edge changed all that. In 5 minutes you could change the most disreputable mirror into a beveled glass masterpiece that looks like it cost twice what your original mirror did.
The problem was that Millennium International Development Corp.oration (800) 757-2990, www.mirredge.com. was a one-man band (actually a hard working husband and wife team, Florence and Stan Segal). For years they toughed it out in little mom-and-pop kitchen centers, doggedly trying to get exposure in five or six Florida Home Depots in Florida.
They finally made it with national distribution at both Lowe's and Home Depot, on the home centers' Web sites as well as www.improvements.com. Along the way they went from just having a beveled glass border look to several different types of wood framing.
If you have an old mirror that needs fixing, or just want to beautify a mirror or other piece of glass (a glass topped coffee table for instance), here's all you do. Once you have the product in your hands, the whole project shouldn't take more than 15-minutes. You'll be bragging about it for years.
Here's how it's done:
Here's all you do:
1. Measure mirror. Horizontal pieces should be 4 inches shorter than mirror width. Vertical pieces should be mirror height.
2. Place decorative strips upside down on cutting surface. Using triangle and very sharp-edged utility knife score the back of the strip with the utility knife.
3. Place a cotton towel on top of cutting board to protect decorative surface from being scratched. Place scored decorative strip, scored side up on board with scored line at the edge of board. Hold strip firmly with both hands. Snap down sharply. If only a small piece of strip needs to be snapped off, use a pair of pliers to snip it off.
4. Affix adhesive pads and dab a little adhesive approximately 8 to 10-inches apart. Place vertical strips first. Adhesive dries rapidly so place strips immediately. This is the touchiest part. Strips must be placed exactly right the first time because they can't be moved.
5. Put 2 two pieces of tape and two dabs of glue on each corner plate and position over decorative framing strips at corners. If mirror is wider than 60-inches glue and place seam covers.
6- You're done. Brag about it.