Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Avoiding Wardrobe Malfunctions

I have been living without a full length mirror for a year-and-a-half. That's right ladies, I apologize to anyone I have offended by wearing the wrong shoes with the wrong outfit since moving aboard. This has been something that has been driving me bonkers since April 2013. Installing a full length mirror has typically been one of the first things I have done in any place I have lived. It's simple -- I go to a chain hardware store, buy a mirror, hang it on the back of a door, and presto! I have an instant outfit checker.

One of my hanging locker doors is the ideal spot for a mirror onboard especially since I have a few feet of unobstructed floor space in front of it. Unfortunately, the door is only 14 1/2 inches wide and I have struggled with finding a mirror thin enough for the door. Instead I have made sad attempts at using two other mirrors on board for assessing outfit choices.
This is the mirror at the head of my bed. Even without the pillows I can only see how my top fits.
This mirror is in the guest head. It's a nice large mirror but I can't get far enough back to see my whole outfit.
After a year-and-a-half of complaining, I finally did something about it. I contacted Mirror Crafters, Inc. and asked if they could custom cut and install a mirror for me. I immediately liked them when they asked for more clarification about the project in relation to the boat -- they wanted to know if there would be a time constraint? Would this be a situation where the boat pulled up to the dock, they did a quick install, and then the boat pulled away? I liked that they seemed to know at least a little about boats.

We took the door off the hanging locker and I drove it to the mirror place. I then found out they have worked on glass and mirrors in boat heads. My confidence in them increased. I left the door with them and was told to come back the next day for the finished product.

I am thrilled with their work!
The price was right. The quality is wonderful. They even drilled holes through the mirror to re-attach the door pull.

The best part is the mirror is glued on. It's not going anywhere. In fact, he told me it would ruin the finish on the door to try to remove it and I'm perfectly fine with that. Seriously, if we ever try to sell this boat why wouldn't someone want another mirror? The install is much better than anything we could have accomplished on our own.

From here on out, any wardrobe malfunctions are completely my fault.


  1. I am super jealous of your full length mirror!!! The head mirror is all we have on our boat and all I can see with it is, my mid-section. Of course we live on a sailboat and it's a bit smaller than your boat, but still. :) hoping our next boat can fit a longer mirror....someplace.

    1. I hope you get a longer mirror sometime soon, too. It's really frustrating isn't it.

      Fun blog. I've added it to my list to follow.