I got a very interesting question from a reader today, Elenir in Sao Palo, Brazil. Here’s what Elenir had to say:
“I have striped mirrors on the walls of small powder room. The vertical stripes are over glass (mirrors and opaque etched glass) so the surface is a whole wall of glass, and I hate it. I don’t want to break them out of the wall, so I thought about covering them with wallpaper, or fabric or even painting them. Could you help me with this?”
Elenir didn’t send a photo, but I can only imagine how busy a small powder room with etched stripe mirrored walls would look! But as far as how to disguise the walls, I’m a bit stumped.
If the room was larger and the mirrored walls weren’t striped, but were just solid mirror, I would suggest something like this…
via The Exchange
But I don’t think that would work on a mirrored wall with etched stripes, and certainly not in a small powder room.
The idea of wallpapering over the wall sounds like the best option in my mind, but I’ve never used wallpaper paste over something like mirror, and I’m also not sure if a wallpaper liner would need to be used so that the etched stripes don’t show through.
So, any advice for Elenir? Have any of you ever wallpapered over a glass surface before? It think painting over them would be the least viable option unless the entire surface of the mirrored walls were etched first so that the paint would adhere, and I can’t even begin to imagine how costly that would be!!!
Update: Elenir sent a photo of her powder bath with the striped mirrored walls.
What do you think?
Update: Y’all really came through with your suggestions, both here and on the A2D Facebook Page! Elenir wanted me to give you a big, “THANK YOU ALL!!!” It looks like she’s going to try Mary’s suggestion of priming the surface, wallpapering, and then painting over the wallpaper. Hopefully she’ll let us know how it turns out!