I needed to brighten up the wall behind my stove. I was going to have a mirror cut to just the right dimensions and hang it back there so it would look unobtrusive. After a few months not getting around to that I spotted the Zoe Circle Wall Mirror set over at Apartment Therapy. (I’ve seen similar things in past years, possibly at CB2?) It made me think of those individual round mirrors you can buy at craft stores, so I went and bought some along with some 3M Picture Hanging Strips, which act in a similar way to velcro but have the advantage of holding well and removing cleanly. (I love the Command line of 3M adhesive products.) Also if I should, say, ignore a pan of spitting hot tomato sauce that gets little tomato colored dots all over everything, I can simply pull the mirrors down to wipe off the wall and put them back up when I’m done.
I got one 10-inch mirror, three 7-inch mirrors, three 5-inch mirros and a package of five 3-inch mirrors. The total for the mirrors was just about $13. Now, they aren’t as nice as the pleasing 9-6-3 inch dimensions as the Zoe mirrors above, but they’ll do.
I spent some time (ok, like three hours) arranging paper cut outs artfully:
I liked that last on the best and attached the mirrors using the 3M strips.
It stayed up for just over 24 hours before I decided it wasn’t right. Maybe another, sleeker kichen could pull this off, but not mine. I pulled them off the walls – so simple! so cleanly removed! I decided to go with simply putting three 10-inch mirrors together back there:
When I returned to the store I was derailed briefly by the discovery of octagonal mirrors with beveled edges. I thought maybe those would look cute hung in a row behind my stove? Maybe? But I stayed with round ones, and Scott has voiced his preference for circles over octagons, decision made.
I like them as a temporary measure until I have the money to build the kitchen of my dreams. They pull over light from the front windows and make the stove sunnier.