How Can I Hide Old Mantelpiece Mirror?

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Q: My new apartment is a wonderful former-flophouse in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Almost all of it has been renovated and the building managers decided to leave in the antique fireplace to add to the charm of the apartment. While I love the fireplace, I absolutely hate the old built-in mirror...

It's scratched, has black spots, and is, all together, unsightly.

Since this is a rental, the mirror can't be permanently disposed of. There is also no easy way to remove it and replace it whenever I move out in a few years. The previous tenants had a framed piece of art partially obscuring it but that didn't help much. Any ideas on how to hide this eyesore of a mirror? Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.