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Vanity Mirror | Backlit Mirror | DIY

Mirrors when placed in an appropriate corner of your room, makes your room appear larger. Here is an easy DIY craft tutorial idea for home decor that you can do! 

Almost half a decade back, I had made my first visit to the Mac Store at Forum Mall, Kolkata. The mirrors with the LED bulbs at the store immediately caught my fancy. After we shifted to our newly constructed place around a year and half back, I had dreamt of a similar mirror with bulbs fixed on either sides that are commonly used by makeup artists. However, it took me quite sometime to find something similar to it. Almost three months to be precise. The ones at Amazon were overpriced and I was not even sure of it’s quality. But I had already set my heart on it. After all, these mirrors don’t lie! Ever! They accentuate all the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. They can help you spot the tiniest blemish on your face. They tell you if you have bought a foundation that is closest to your skin tone. They even tell you if the concealer is blending into your skin.

 

Then one day, I had a close look at our bathroom mirror. It was a nice elongated mirror from Parryware with frosted sides. It took me some time to convince my husband to shift the bathroom mirror to the bedroom! He asked tons of questions, and I had no heart to answer any of them. Then one fine Saturday, I visited the famous “lights” shop at Chandni Chowk, Kolkata. From footpaths to decently sized shops, I took a full 30-40 minutes tour trying to find those LED lights. Some even suggested I get a wooden framework done by a local carpenter and get bulbs fixed on either sides of the mirror. But that would involve a lot of hard work. Finally, one of the shops gave me nice warm light strips perfect for my mirror sides. They even welded the ends, and attached an adaptor to it, which I had to buy separately. All this for around 300-400 bucks. Not bad haan! Then the other day, I caught hold of our electrician uncle and he set up the lights for the mirror. We used a cellotape to attach the mirror strips on the sides.

Within a few minutes, I got my dream vanity mirror set up on the wall. And it makes such a pretty sight. The warm lights guide me perfectly when I am doing my makeup. My friends who come over have finally found a perfect place for their selfies – in front of the mirror.

Here are a few pictures illustrating what the mirror looks like, and how well the photographs come out!

 

 

Where can I find the lights?

Get down at Chandni Chowk Metro Station, take the first left lane from Hindustan Building and walk straight. Enter any shop which sells LED Lights and ask for LED light strips. Also get an adaptor so that the light strips can easily be attached to the mirror. Remember, these shops do not guarantee the light’s longevity, so do not get super expensive ones.

Where can I find the mirror?

I got mine from Parryware at Rashbehari Avenue which is a well known Sanitary Brand. You can take any mirror, or even buy one from Metro Gully, Esplanade.

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