|A diamond in the rough? Screengrabbed from this Shirley Homes website.|
|Or perhaps a single piece of art plus potpourri. Screengrabbed from this Royal Crest Homes website.|
|Methinks it underachieves, artistically-speaking. Screengrabbed from this Merchant Circle site featuring Ramey Custom Builders.|
|The very first step in this process is to measure the back wall of the niche and cut a mirror to fit it (remembering to leave enough gap on each side for the clip installation). I had this mirror professionally cut at Admiral Glass in League City (audio warning on that URL - pause the embedded vid if you don't want to hear it) because I've always gotten excellent service from them and I shop locally whenever possible. I also ordered it in a quarter-inch thickness, and it's a large mirror, so it ate the majority of the budget for this project. |
If someone wanted a less expensive solution, eighth-inch sheet mirror could potentially be used instead, depending on the size of the niche. Additionally, sheet mirror sections are often sold for very low prices at yard sales following bathroom renos. I've picked up huge sheet mirror remnants for ten or twenty dollars apiece at yard sales. It would not cost much to get an existing sheet cut down to size.
The mirror installs with the same type of clips as you'd use for any mirror mounted directly to sheetrock. Because this mirror is so tall, we used side clips (one shown in this photo above) as well as top and bottom clips.
|I took this shot aiming upward at the eyeball light, so the camera exposed it differently. These shelf clips are also available at the hardware store and are intended to mate with these tracks. The shelves can be adjusted to any desired separation by moving the clips. And I used a square of sticky-backed cork on each clip to ensure no slippage. |
Here's a must: Install the side tracks and the clips at the desired heights BEFORE you measure for the glass shelves that are to sit on them. That way you know exactly how wide each shelf must be. And measure each one individually because art niches may not be perfectly plumb or square as built. The glass shelf that goes at the top of your niche might not turn out to be exactly the same width as the one that goes closer to the bottom.
We had ours cut to width minus one half inch, thus allowing for a quarter inch of play on each side.
Obviously this is quarter-inch glass. I may have ordered it as shatterproof as well (it's been three years since we did this project, so memory is a bit foggy). I had these shelves cut at Admiral Glass as well.
Anyway, there's another in our endless series of value-added DIY projects. Happy niching, but I'll encourage you to avoid the common