Well, we made a bit of progress on the kids’ bathroom refresh this weekend by pulling down the large, unframed mirror over the double sinks. These huge mirrors in both our bathrooms and their removal have really held me back from updating the spaces, and I’m not sure why. I guess the thought of pulling a huge mirror off the wall always intimidated me too much, so I’d move on to other projects instead of figuring this one out, ha!
Toyed around with just framing the mirror as it was, but I decided I’d like to do two mirrors in here, one over each sink…so down it came! I was so paranoid about this ordeal and imagined shards of glass flying off in every direction or huge chunks of wall being ripped out, but it actually only took about 20 minutes start to finish, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d thought! See below…
After church, hubs placed duct tape across the surface and edges of the mirror in order to stabilize it as it came down. When the mirror inevitably cracked in places during removal, the duct tape kept it from falling or shattering. Instead, it simply “bent” and was held together by the tape. There were itty bitty pieces that came loose, but nothing like I’d imagined.
The next step was using small wooden shims and a crowbar (gently!) behind the mirror to begin prying it free. We didn’t know what kind of glue was behind the mirror nor where/how it had been applied, so it was a bit of a scavenger hunt. 😉 Slowly but surely, he worked the mirror away from the wall! (For more specific info, there are lots of helpful YouTube videos that we watched in preparation. We are not professionals by any means!)
We’d assumed the glue would have been applied in large swirls all around the back of the mirror (not sure why, but that’s what was on all the YouTube videos we watched so we’d thought it would be the same here). Instead, the builder had installed the mirror with huge chunks of adhesive, so we’ll need to sand those down and patch a couple of small holes before moving on to the next phase. All in all, it was seriously WAY less of an ordeal than I’d thought it would be!
Here are a few of the mirror options I’m eyeing at the moment, keeping in mind I want this to be a budget-friendly refresh suitable for my four daughters to use NOW…and also suitable for resale in the not-so-distant future. Such a weird line to walk! I want to be wise for resale, but I also want to LIVE and LOVE the house we are in at the same time. GAH. Such a strange middle space, but we’ll figure it out – which one is your favorite for a whimsical little girls’ bathroom?!
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