Dress Up an Unused Fireplace
So subtle you might miss it, this sleek trick brings extra light into the room and makes art of a colorful rug.
How to Do It
At a local glazier or framer, have a piece of mirror cut to the exact dimensions of the fireplace opening. Ask to have the edges of the mirror seamed, so they’re not sharp. Place a heavy, sturdy wooden crate just inside the fireplace, with the bottom facing out; this will keep the mirror safe in case a vacuum cleaner or a pet pushes on it. With super-strong double-faced tape (such as Scotch Heavy Duty clear mounting tape; $6, amazon.com), attach the mirror to the bottom of the crate, then carefully shimmy it into place. For a more casual effect, simply lean a large framed mirror against the front of the hearth, as you might lean a piece of art against the wall above the mantel.