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Mirror Makeover

Our house was built in the 80's when mirrors and gold were all the rage. So, naturally all the closet doors were mirrored. The mirrors were moved from their original location in the bedroom downstairs to the new bedroom upstairs. However, I turned the upstairs bedroom into an art room studio and the closet doors were in the way, so I took them down.

After looking at them for awhile my love for mirrors got the best of me and I decided it was time to turn it into wall mounted mirror (I put one in the living room and one in the bedroom.)

These are the clips that we got to hang them with. I looked at many of the possible options, but I wanted the simple options. As I looked at the many options I had to make sure I used a nice strong clip that will hold a heavy mirror. But I decided that the best thing is how the clips are attached to the wall. I made sure and used the strongest wall anchors I had at home.

We gathered the tools. The pencil, tape measure, and laser level. My husband had bought me the laser level for my birthday the first year we were married. It has come in handy many times, and I don't think we would have been able to hang this without it. Make sure and gather the most important tool - a strong man. That mirror was not light, and we had to lift it up and down so much.

Here is the hung clip hanger. We had to make sure that the screws fit inside the hanger.

We measured out the center of the wall, then how far away each side is from the center. It was a lot of math, but not more than just dividing by two. I mostly just let my husband do this because how I would figure it out is different from how he would, so instead of getting us both confused, I let him do it.

Here is the finished product. It is so great and so natural looking in the living room. Most of my guests that came in after we had hung it didn't even notice that anything changed. It is not a noticeable large peace of the art, but instead it makes the house bigger. Not just the room, but the house. You can see if from over 50% of the house and it helps you see all over the house from any angle.

For hanging the mirror in the bedroom, we decided to hang it vertical. The process was much the same (even if the photos are more blurry).

Here we have the bottom level hung. We found that for sure we needed to hang the bottom ones first because that is where most of the weight will be. If you notice, we put the clips in a different layout because of this.

Here you can see the laser level and the husband hard at work. Now I have to tell you we did the math, we did it right, and we measured, and then we somehow still ended up having to change these locations of the placement. The mirror is not very forgiving and would put all of the weight on one clip easily, so we needed to make sure and fix it so that we could achieve balance.

And then we moved the mirror onto the clips. See how lovely and beautiful it is? Yep, well, like I said before, it was heavy, and mirrors are, glass, and heavy glass, with less than perfect edges, well, let's just say my husband cut himself more than once. And there was blood.

Now, I love my husband. He is a licences pharmacist, extremely smart, amazingly strong, and willing to do just about anything for me. However, the reason he went into pharmacy instead of any other medical profession is blood.

As I hurried to put on the remaining top of the clips to make sure the whole mirror wouldn't fall off at some point, my husband was in the bathroom taking care of his cuts. It wasn't a small wound, but it wasn't large either. I went in to check on him and he was sitting on the toilet bleeding into the sink. I cleaned it up, put a bandaid on it and rushed him to the bed so that he wouldn't pass out.

And then the next day his mother suggested we protect the edges with silicone.

We put the silicone around the edges, and it works great. I would actually suggest this for all large mirrors you plan to move around, before you move it around. And, I am pretty sure that mirror is staying there until we move.

I love that I now have a full length mirror in my bedroom that I can see myself as I walk out the door on the to, wherever I am headed. Seriously, with how many mirrors we have in the house you would think we liked looking at ourself, but I really just enjoy mirrors.

Let me know what you think, have you ever hung a mirror of this size? Are you planning on doing it? I would love to see it if you do.


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