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drc726

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I wanted to lighten a very dark corner of my garden and having an old mirror I thought it would work and tried it standing on the ground rather than higher up as most garden mirrors seem to be its across where 2 fences meet.
I think it works but needs the edges softened/framed so it does not look as if just left there.
I am considering putting a willow trellis in front of it so the mirror is less stark.
Any thoughts on what I could do would be welcome.

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How about a door frame with a small pediment on top around the edge of the mirror? This would give the idea of a gate open to another part of the garden.

This will give you an idea of what I mean:

http://www.maxwellsdiy.com/doors-c6/door-furniture-accessories-c11/door-shaper-internal-door-frame-pediment-architrave-head-piece-p978

Andrewr

4 Sep, 2013

 

iam hopeless with design... may i sat tho i do like your garden and the bench/chair seat....

4 Sep, 2013

 

Trellis sounds a good idea,will stop you accidentally working into it aswell.

4 Sep, 2013

 

I think Andrew has hit the nail on the head!
Watch you don't miss it, though, or you might smash the mirror.
Oo-er, seven years, don't forget. Lol.
You might even consider raising it on a faux step to make it look as though leading to a garden on a higher level.

5 Sep, 2013

 

They all sound really good ideas, will you have some woodland bulbs and flowers, primroses maybe in front, it may be possible to make it like a receding path......

5 Sep, 2013

 

I think it looks nice as it is. It's like a door into another part of the garden :o)

5 Sep, 2013

 

I agree with Hywel, it looks great as it is..

5 Sep, 2013

 

I love mirrors in the garden Denise and yours looks really good. I was going to suggest the same idea as Andrew or frame it with an arch. I like Mouldy's step idea too :o)

5 Sep, 2013

 

Looking good already Denise . . . love the path idea :))

5 Sep, 2013

 

How about buyin a large Ivy and training it around the edge of the mirror.
It looks good, I like mirrors in the garden.

5 Sep, 2013

 

This looks good as it is but I think Mouldys idea sounds really good.

5 Sep, 2013

 

Paul I have a Parthenocissus and Ivy growing around mine :o)

5 Sep, 2013

 

That sounds pretty Annella, virginia creeper or boston ivy?...We'll be seeing the colour soon

5 Sep, 2013

 

I like both Andrew and Mouldy's ideas too, nothing too new just something that looks as if its always been there;0)

5 Sep, 2013

 

All the suggestions are great Drc - can I throw another into the mix....
what about an old (or new) wrought iron gate, also giving the impression of opening into a new area.

5 Sep, 2013

 

I really like Andrew's idea with the door.

5 Sep, 2013

 

Ah....Annella...you've not been around.Have u checked u'r messages recently.I sent you one as I have u'r white Astrantia seed in an envelope ready to post!

5 Sep, 2013

 

Thank you all, some great ideas to mull over

5 Sep, 2013

 

*say... not sat.... weekend came quick there...

5 Sep, 2013

 

I also thought of ivy or even a jasmine perhaps? The door suggestion is a great one though!

It is a lovely idea.

6 Sep, 2013

 

A wrought iron gate in front gives another illusion - I've seen someone's blog in the past few days that used mirrors very effectively. Will trawl through my computer history to see if I can spot it.

6 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks Wildrose I am not going to rush it I like the idea of framing it, thanks Urbanite that would be good.

6 Sep, 2013

 

I like the ideas that have been put forward and am looking forward to seeing what you decide upon Denise....

8 Sep, 2013

 

One thought - is it a glass mirror or acrylic? If glass you might want to consider a safety film, in case of breakage.

8 Sep, 2013

 

I will show you the results Lincslass. Its glass Urbanite and thats a good idea.

8 Sep, 2013

 

Has the back (iron oxide, I think) been protected against the weather to prevent the reflective coating from flaking off?

9 Sep, 2013

 

We had a new bathroom this spring and it came out of the old one, so Mouldy it hasnt what do you suggest?

9 Sep, 2013

 

I really don't know.
Some would suggest pva, but as an ex-plasterer, I wouldn't, as I've found (upon sealing walls to recoat them) it tends to loosen paint, which, in effect, is what the reflective coat is.
Maybe not, but it's worth checking.
You'd be better asking someone who's done similar or a mirror manufacturer.
Sorry I can't be more helpful. :-(

9 Sep, 2013

 

Thanks Mouldy.

9 Sep, 2013

 

S'me again. Lol.
I've just googled the problem.
Apparently, it (the back) will require an acrylic coating to protect it against frost & moisture.
Maybe B&Q or another can provide the solution.
Hope you get it solved!

9 Sep, 2013

 

Could you nail together a rustic frame and just lean it against the mirror. Those odd bits of wood made me think that might work. I think its called Rustication or something. People make arches like that. When a bit falls off you pop another back on.

9 Sep, 2013

 

Yes that is the way I am thinking Dorjac with Andrews idea for an open gate.

9 Sep, 2013

 

I like the trellis idea as it might stop birds flying into it and injuring themselves.

25 Sep, 2013

 

Mouldy and Penny f got me thinking about the safety side of it and wondered if it is frost proof? What do you know! putting it back in the garage I broke one corner off so to the tip it goes.
But I still like the idea of a mirror and gate effect so come the spring I will be on the look out for a garden mirror.

26 Sep, 2013

 

Sorry to be a wet blanket but last year a thrush flew into a garden mirror at my friend's home and broke its neck, so I'm rather against them in practice although I like the idea of them. I suppose it's the same as birds flying into windows and stunning or killing themselves.

29 Sep, 2013

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