Basement Bathrooms


The mirror I ordered for the basement bathroom arrived yesterday.

Yep, it arrived… just not in one piece. Thankfully the eBay seller is going to process a refund for me. But um, does anyone know where to go to get a new mirror cut? The frame came through all right, so I’m hoping I can just get new glass and that it won’t be terribly expensive.

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  • Felicity @ Our Little Beehive
    March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I’ve had luck at glass shops – like those that do auto glass replacement that also have a storefront. You may want to try True Value or another local hardware store too. I know they cut glass to size so they may have mirror to cut too.

  • Jacky
    March 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Bummer! Try Tayloe Glass, if they don’t do mirror they would likely know who could.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Thanks. They quoted about $50 which is a little more than I’d like, but not horribly expensive.

      • Making it Lovely
        March 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        I took the mirror frame to them today and it’s only going to be $30! It should be ready in just a couple of days.

  • Chelsea
    March 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Oh no! Try a local glass store, they should be able to help you out with no problem!

  • LH
    March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Call around to any local glass shop. Most should be able to cut and/or bevel mirrors for reasonable prices.

  • Kathryn Humphreys
    March 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I think art framers can do this as well, you could call that place on Harrison.

  • Michelle Smid
    March 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I know where I am from you can get it at any glass place. Like where you get windows replaced for your car. They sometimes do a custom fit for no extra charge.

  • Laura
    March 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I know you’re in Oak Park, but there’s a place in Lakeview that I like alot … can’t think of the name but it’s on Ashland, just south of Irving Park. They’re FAST and affordable!

    • b*schus
      March 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Seconded! Ashland Glass. I had some custom mirrors cut for a bar cart last year and they were the best deal in Chicago.

      • Making it Lovely
        March 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

        Thanks, but I went to Tayloe (here in Oak Park) this afternoon.

  • Sarah
    March 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Usually anywhere that does custom framing can get a mirror for you. Also, a lot of glass shops have mirror and will cut it custom. (At least, that’s where the frame shop gets it!)

  • Samantha ( Curly )
    March 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    So sorry how disappointing when it is so exciting to finally get it. Boo! Hope you get a new piece for a good price. Curly

  • Peaches
    March 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Poo! Bet that box was fun to open…

    I had a custom mirror cut at Lowe’s a couple years ago. I had to buy a whole sheet of it and then request the cuts (same as wood)…used the extra mirror to fill the 2 ‘negative spaces’ inside my molding on my bedroom doors.

  • Kristin @ everythingZamora
    March 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Grrr! That is so disappointing. What a let down! Well at least it should be an easy fix. I’m so excited to see the finished product of your bathroom.

  • Sasha
    March 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I would suggest a glass (think interior, such as shower doors) and/or mirror shop. I would find a member or associate member of your local Home Builders Association (Chicago’s is They generally have more options (and better pricing) than your local home improvement store. Good luck!

  • Krysti
    March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I agree with Peaches… I had to replace a mirror in a frame once. I just went to Lowes and bought a sheet of mirror. They cut it to fit in the frame for you! It’s perfect and easy-peasy!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Will they cut an oval though, or just straight cuts?

      • Krysti
        March 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Oh poo… didn’t realize you needed an oval! I’m not sure, but probably not. :(

  • Mo
    March 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I’ve had oval cut at an auto glass place. Just take the frame in so they can be accurate. Can’t wait to see it up.

  • Jennifer
    March 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Dana over at housetweaking had a similar thing happen. Her mirror arrived broken and they sent her another one. She then hang the original frame in her Guest/Craft/Playroom and I think it looks really great. I am not sure that you could do the same, but it may be worth a try!

  • amanda
    March 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Let us know how much it costs if you end up using Lowes please. I found this oval frame I love but want to use it as a mirror, I’m just not sure where to look for glass that won’t cost too much.

    How will you attach the mirror once you get it? Special type of glue?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      The mirror frame has little metal clips to hold everything together.

  • Kate
    March 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Oakbrook Glass. They’re fast and affordable. I purchased a cabinet at an outlet store with 2 broken glass panes and it only cost me $6 at Oakbrook Glass to have them cut. (I installed myself.)

    • Making it Lovely
      March 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I called and they told me they don’t work directly with consumers.

  • Kelly
    March 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    We had glass panels cut for our built-in dining room hutch at the little hardware store in Forest Park on Madison… I think it’s True Value? They installed the glass into the doors we brought in, which was a huge help! Not sure if they do mirrors, but worth a shot.

  • Jessica
    March 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Hi there! I’ve had many pieces cut both mirror and glass at Glassworks. They have a location in Lincoln Park and a warehouse in GLenview. Very reasonable prices too… but I think that may be a hike for you. The downtown location is near Land of Nod on North Ave.:)

  • Katie Stephenson
    March 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    It’s not expensive at all, any glass company can do it for you. Hopefully you don’t need it to be beveled, that’s where the cost comes in.

  • the ravenna girls
    March 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Oh dear! We had a broken eBay package yesterday too. Must have been bad february luck!

  • Emmmylizzzy
    March 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Serious bummer.

  • Courtney
    March 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I live in Elmhurst and there is a great glass place on N. York Ave. (but south of 290. They’ve done a great job for me. Can’t remember the name, but you can google it!

  • Naomi
    March 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I recently discovered your blog and devoured all your archives from the very beginning!! I’m in love. Your taste is exquisite and you are so creative!! I’m also a fan of your charming and honest writing style.
    I’m currently in the middle of fixing up a few furniture items, and I was wondering if you would mind sharing some of your sources for fabrics. You’ve mentioned ordering online a lot, and I would love to know where from!
    Thank you! :)

  • Aunt LoLo
    March 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Oh, ugh…so glad you found a (relatively inexpensive…) solution!

    That actually has me thinking…we want a HUGE mirror for the dining room, PB style (rustic). What are the chances I could MAKE a huge frame (not hard!) and then have a mirror cut to fit? That would be cheaper, I think….

  • Lisa
    March 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

    What’s with packages these days? All of the boxes I have received or sent lately arrive all bashed up. One looked like it had been used for kickball practice. Uncool.

  • Amy Vermillion
    March 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

    7 years good luck! All kidding aside, I’ve had quite a few mirrors shipped for clients over the years and about every 5th one is broken or has a little piece that’s fallen off. Unless they’re crated it’s a dicey proposition. WHo did you end up going with?

  • alisa
    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Yup–every mirror I’ve ever purchased from eBay arrived broken. Now I expect it. My local art gallery/frame shop will replace the glass (with a bevel even!) and even finish it off with a professional backing and hanger for under 30 bucks every time. SO worth the trouble–especially on handmade/DIY mirrors (like my barnwood one) where the seller didn’t do a very professional job to begin with.

  • Jenny
    March 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve gone to the thrift store and bought a bigger mirror than the frame and had a glass company cut it. It only cost $15 total.

  • Sarah
    March 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    Don’t know if you found a solution, but I just drove by Bolingbrook Glass & Mirror today and thought of you. It’s right off 55, west of 355 and there’s a big sign that says open to the public. Good luck!

  • stephenie
    March 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    have you tried Glassworks?

  • Jackie
    March 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Maybe someone has mentioned it, but there’s a glass place (Curran, I think) on Odgen Ave. in Berwyn that may also do mirrors. (708) 795-8620. Hope it works out!

  • Sarah van Loon
    January 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for having this post, and for having such helpful readers! A friend’s glass table top broke and wasn’t sure what to do, and I thought to myself ‘I think Nicole had to get some glass cut for something that broke for her…’ – I wasn’t even remotely expecting these comments to be so helpful!!

    Thanks, Nicole! :)