Reflections of your good taste


April 25, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Mirrors add depth to a room, and, one hopes, beauty and a bit of decoration. But for many of us, our bathroom and vanity mirrors are simply functional accessories, or more plainly, sheets of glass on the wall. If your mirrors could stand for a little makeover, MirrorMate Frames offers decorative, affordable and custom-cut frames for any mirror in the house (see example above).

Available in 17 styles and finishes, including traditional, contemporary, classical, trendy and natural looks, the frames are installed directly onto existing mirrors. So even if the mirror edge meets a wall or ceiling, frames will fit. Customers simply provide dimensions, and the molding with assembly instructions is sent directly to them. No fancy tools or skills are required for installation, as the mirror never leaves the wall.

MirrorMate Frames range in price from about $100 to $200. Visit www.mirrormate. com or call 866-304-6283 to order.

Quick fixes for house and yard

Want to add a little pizazz to your home and garden this spring? Lowe's and home-improvement experts James and Morris Carey suggest several projects that homeowners can easily tackle in about 30 minutes:

* Install new faucet fixtures to dull bathrooms or apply an acrylic liner to a stained bathtub

* Plant four or five young shrubs along your walkway

* Paint two quick coats on a worn front door, then replace the knocker and lockset

* Replace or shine old, tarnished house numbers

* Clean motor oil stains on the driveway with liquid dish soap, water and a scrub brush

For more projects with instructions, visit / howto.

Help for the worst job

Of all the household chores, it's the most dreaded task. It is, of course, cleaning the bathroom. According to a recent survey by the Soap and Detergent Association, the task ranks No. 1 on consumers' list of hated home chores. Orange Glo International, maker of Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner, wants to change that ranking with its latest product, Kaboom Thick Liquid Toilet Cleaner. The company says the product clings to the bowl's surface above and below the waterline, penetrating and breaking up stains -- without the need for hard scrubbing -- and protecting against recurring hard-water stains.

A 24-ounce bottle of Kaboom Thick Liquid Toilet Cleaner sells for $3.49 and is available at area retailers. Visit www.kaboomkaboom. com or call 800-781-7529.


* Browse the exhibit Ellicott City Scenes, paintings by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, through Friday at Kushnir Taylor Gallery, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Pictured is Lani Browning's Ellicott City. Call 410-465-4467 for hours.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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