For anyone that knows me, it comes as no surprise when I admit my mild obsession with mirrors. I’m not narcissistic – I just LOVE THEM. One of the strange things about our house was that it didn’t come with any mirrors – none – like walk into the bathroom and stare at the wall, none. Weird. I know. So while in my job searching unemployed I’m wearing my PJs all day long days, this really wasn’t a concern. I mean did I really want to know how gross and pathetic I looked? So I’d just tossed up a whimsical IKEA mirror I’d picked up at a thrift store awhile back, but it was all wrong for the room. I never even took the time to hang it up and just had it resting on the edge of the counter.
Anyway, I FINALLY got around to actually snagging a new one (on clearance at Target – cha ching!!) and decided to hang it up the other weekend. Let me just mention that this thing weighs at least half what I do. We’re not talking about some cheap dinky mirror here. So using the same trick I used for hanging my curtain rods, I was able to mark two level spots on the wall – this is one of those times where you need at least one other person and maybe a few other hands. Measuring tape, pencil, level – remeasure, mark, remeasure, erase, mark, repeat. I used wall plugs and screws instead of just two big nails thinking that if I didn’t take the time to make this super sturdy, this thing would come crashing down in the middle of the night shattering the glass shelf I’d installed and rip two big holes in my wall. It really does pay off to just do things right the first time around.
Of course I didn’t really think about the next part. Me standing on my sink edge, holding an extremely heavy mirror with limited grip over a glass shelf, trying to rub it up against the wall back and forth until something caught. I actually had to set the mirror down twice and rest to avoid dropping it on my feet. There has GOT to be a way to line those things up better without just feeling around blindly for the stupid thing to catch the nail.
All worth it in the end though! Here are the before (sort of) and after: