Today, I wanted to update you a little on the renovations we are doing at our house, and a small issue that we ran into, and how we fixed the issue. We are currently working on the small bathroom on our main level. It has been empty and untouched ever since we moved in!
As we were taking everything down (hardware), we came upon an issue that until now, I have not even taken into consideration. Have you ever wondered how those builder grade mirrors stay on the wall always so tightly and firmly with almost no hardware to keep it in place? I never have actually stopped to think of it and was in for quite a shocker when I realized I couldn’t just lift up the mirror and go!
No matter how hard or how long I nudged on it, it wouldn’t even budge! I quickly found that the mirror was actually set in place with adhesive and taking it off was next to impossible.
Fortunately for us, though, there IS a way! And so we got to work on prying it free and taking it off the wall. Here’s how we did it.
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Tools you will need:
- Heat gun, or since I didn’t have one, I used a hair dryer.
- Prying tool
- Duct tape or masking tape (if you have a large mirror)
- Wire or something to saw through the adhesive
Step 1: Tape the Mirror.
If you have a large mirror and are afraid of it shattering into tiny pieces, tape the mirror up to prevent it from shattering. It’s highly unlikely but possible. My mirror was fairly small, so I skipped this step.
Step 2: Pry the Mirror Slightly.
Do this to create a slight separation between the wall and the mirror. I pried it enough to where I can slightly make out where the adhesive may be.
Step 3: Warm up the Adhesive.
Use your heat gun or blow dryer to warm up the adhesive. I set up the blow dryer upside down on the counter to blow right into the separation I created with the pry. Leave the pry in while you do this step. I left it there on the counter on highest heat setting for a good 10-15 minutes to really warm up the adhesive.
Step 4: Saw Through with the Wire.
Saw through the back of the mirror with the wire. Get in as much as you possibly can with the wire. Apply as much pressure as you can to the spots of adhesive.
Step 5: Pry the Mirror Again.
Use the pry to lightly apply pressure from behind the mirror. At this step, I heard a few loud pops and the mirror slightly lifted off the wall on one side.
Step 6: Repeat.
Repeat these steps, if necessary, with the opposite side of the mirror.
Step 7: Pry Again, if Necessary.
Pry the mirror until the whole mirror lifts off of the wall. Then simply pick it off and move it out of your way!
Ah! I was soaked (not literally) once I finished! So much prying and sawing through all of that adhesive. What were those contractors thinking to put so much of it for such a small mirror! On the bright side, it is now off, and I can move on with the rest of the renovation in the bathroom.
I’m slightly struggling with ideas for this bathroom. It is small, and hard to find ideas that will make it look finished and yet at the same time, minimal. Any ideas?
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