(Fortune cookie prediction).

When I saw my fortune cookie, I wondered who wrote these obtuse messages for people to decipher after they had stuffed their faces with chicken fried rice and almond chicken guy ding.

"Should" really means you PROBABLY can do it, or the likelihood is that you will do it. It leaves an element of doubt though, doesn't it? There could even be an "if" added to that fortune cookie prediction.

You SHOULD be able to undertake the mirrored fence project and complete it... IF the sunny, dry weather holds out for a few hours. We have been getting quick cloudbursts of showers lately so I understood the uncertainty of the fortune cookie prediction in that respect.

You SHOULD be able to complete the project... IF you don't cut a finger, drop a hammer on a toe, trip on the sawhorse....or do anything that would warrant a trip to local Emerg where you are sure to wait long hours before seeing a physician. You get the picture?

These were the thoughts swirling in my mind when I happened on the fortune cookie from our take-out dinner on the very night before we were to start our mirrored mural panels.

Grand words to say that we were going to beautify our back yard. More grand words to really mean, cover the ugly lattice fence that is hiding scrawny cedars allowing us to see into the neighbour's yard.

Or more to the point, HE is able to see into ours. Did I mention we have a pool and here in the northern hemisphere, it is bathing suit season?

You might ask me where I got the idea to glue mirrors to a conceal a hideous fence. Pinterest, of course! I searched for broken mirror projects and found so many that I am certain there must be lots of people who wondered as I did what to do with mirrors left from their home renovations.

This winter, hubby and I decided to put up louvered doors in our bedroom closet and remove the three fairly large panels of mirrors from the time our home was built in the 1980s. We tried selling them but no one wanted them. Not much of a surprise really. Then we tried giving them away. We placed them at the road with a sign telling people they were FREE! A scavenger came and took all the steel tracks and the frames but left us the mirrors.

So on a very bright Saturday morning, we were ready to tackle our project. We had bought the special glue that would be needed to keep these suckers attached to wood panels (pressure treated pine in case you are wondering) hopefully through the heat and humidity of our summers to the coldest wintry Canadian nights.

In case you should want to try this, here is the first thing I learned about the glue. It is very tenacious. Wear gloves. I did not. Hubby was unconcerned. Don't worry says he. It will come off easily. Uh huh! Really? The suggested varsol method didn't work. The second method was to use my apricot face scrub all over my hands and that didn't work either. The only way I finally managed to remove all the glue was to shave, yes, shave my fingers in the shower.

The second aspect to consider in this project is that the mirror shatters in unpredictable patterns because of a very solid plastic backing that must be removed before glueing the mirror to the wood. I had to work with whatever shapes came my way.

Hubby was on breaking duty....this comes naturally to him anyway as around our house, he is known by the nickname Mr. BS Man (BS =break and spill). It took us an afternoon to get the mirror pieces broken and glued to one panel.

Another important piece of information....leave the panel in horizontal position for 12 hours. Lifting it too soon will cause some of the heavier pieces to slide off and break into a zillion shards. Let's just say I quickly learned the reason the mirror originally had that danged difficult to remove plastic backing!

With three panels finished and installed, the most important ones to allow us our privacy, I am not sure if I should have mirror pieces all over the wood fence or just in the middle. I mean, a person could really go wild with mirror pieces all over each panel. We have lots of mirror left (I mean LOTS), and it's probably best to wait to see how the mirror holds up over the winter anyway before investing right away in more pine boards.

There are other possible uses for the leftover mirror. The mirror could be cemented as mosaics in stepping-stones. I think it would be stunning if we then placed solar lights close to these stepping-stones. Can you imagine the lovely reflection of the lights in the evening? Or, I have seen a piece of mirror glued on top of a tree stump. For this we would have to invest in a tool to cut the mirror to the precise shape of the top of the stump. The mirror looks like a big puddle of water sitting on top of the stump. Very cool!

Does this give you any ideas for those mirrors you have hidden somewhere behind the clutter in your garage? Have you done anything original with your mirrors? If so, leave me a message! I will share some of your brilliant ideas in a future post.

In the meantime, I am very pleased with the results. Friends and family who have visited commented that the panels are an effective trompe l'oeil as they appear to give us a glimpse into the neighbour's yard. Of course, they are only reflecting objects from my own yard. I particularly like the way they reflect all the nearby flowers.

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You can let me know what you think. Should I add more mirrors? If you have any other ideas for recycling mirrors, I would love to hear them.

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