Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

We had a bit of a snafu when trying to hang the mirror.
First, I wanted to hang it horizontally. This would cover the window completely and make the room seem wider.

There was great debate over how the mirror would be secured. This mirror is too heavy, that mirror is too ugly.

I finally settled on my second choice and away we went. My plan was to hang it with wire on the top and bottom as well as using Velcro to keep the mirror from banging around.

We found some really awesome hanging “strips” that attach to the wall and back of the mirror. They are metal and lock together for a secure fit.

The plan was to attach one to the top and one to the bottom.

That quickly went out the window when we realized the mirror touched the bottom of the cabinet. We could not lift the mirror enough to nest the metal strip onto the one in the wall.

We then tried wire, but it was proving to be more of a headache than anything.

We had to go with a vertical arrangement.  So, back to the metal strips. They worked, but we came to another problem.


Above is the strip attached to the wall. The upper half comes off the wall at an angle to catch the matching piece on the back of the mirror.

As you can see, there was a problem with the wall thickness.

I’m not going to name names, but there was a conversation that went like this:

Person A: Are you sure we need to buy that thickness?\

Person B: Yes.

A: But, wouldn’t that make the wall thicker?

B: No, we are not putting paneling on the back of the insulation so we need to bulk everything up. I measured, trust me.

A: Hmmmm, well I’m not very good at math and I’m really tired so, okay.

That conversation lead to a half an inch difference in the old wall vs new wall.

I could tear down all the walls and start over, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

The mirror covers most of it.  The tricky part will be the crown molding.

Anyway, this created a problem with hanging said strip.

I quickly came up with the idea to add washers behind the strip. I don’t really know if this will do anything, but it sounded good at the time.

I can’t remember the name of the strips right now, I will try to find them this weekend. Something about dogs, I think.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.