Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hanging a Full-Length Mirror in the Bathroom

I've been needing to hang a full-length mirror in our bathroom/closet area for the three years that we've lived here.  Can you see the problem with leaning the mirror in front of these shelves at Jason's end of the closet?  Yep, there always seemed to be a pair of his jeans hanging down in the way of me seeing whether or not I looked presentable.

It should have been a quick, simple process to hang the mirror somewhere else, but there were some obstacles:

1.  There were no empty walls in the closet on which to hang the mirror, and the closet has a pocket door, so the mirror couldn't be mounted there.  I also didn't want the mirror on a visible wall in the bathroom.
2.  The back of the bathroom door would be a good location as far as the mirror being hidden, but the door panel isn't flat and therefore we couldn't use the normal mirror hanging hardware.
3.  I procrastinate when the solution is not simple.

I looooove the doors in our house.  We built a custom Craftsman bungalow home, and I insisted on having authentic, solid-wood doors like Craftsman homes built in the 1920s would have.  Our builder didn't even know where to find them, but I tracked them down online and special ordered them from a small company several hours away.  He was worried because he didn't know anything about the company's quality, and apparently door hanging can be tricky business.  But the doors wowed him on the construction front, and wowed me on the design front.

The only negative about the doors?  The three recessed panels (1 square on top and two vertical rectangles on bottom) are where mirror hanging hardware should go.  Not only would a nail punch through to the other side of the door, but the mirror would only touch the door in the recesses.

Finally I read last week about someone using the 3M mounting strips to hang artwork in her house, rather than nails, and I had a eureka moment.  As long as I could mount the strips down the middle and across, the rest of the mirror could hang free.  It was a little risky because the mounting strips would not be spread all around the back of the mirror, but I decided to do it.

I also used a different mirror, one that's beveled and without a frame, because it looks better than the one with the unfinished cheapy-looking frame.  (Not that everyone is peeking at the mirror on the back side of the mirror in my master bathroom.  But when I actually get around to doing something, I like to do it right.  Well, except cleaning the handprints and streaks off the mirror before taking a photo.  Oops.)

Okay, this may be the lamest blog post ever.  But I was excited to finally have this project off my list after three years, and I'm even happier about finally being able to return 5 different sets of hanging hardware that I didn't think would work but kept around, lying out in my bedroom, as a reminder to figure out what to do about hanging the mirror.

So there.  I accomplished something.  Yay me.


  1. wow good work on full length mirrors, keep it up :)

  2. I need to do this myself and didn't want to use nails. 3M mounting strips!! That's what I was looking for.

  3. I'm so glad you posted this. I've been avoiding the same problem for about 3 years!

    Did the mounting strips last, or did they lose adhesiveness after a while? Also, are you worried about the adhesive destroying the door when it's time to take the mirror down?

    1. After a year and a half, the mounting strips are still holding just fine. Yes, I was worried about the adhesive destroying the finish on the door, because I worry about down the road. It's supposed to come off with no damage, but I don't know that I've ever heard about anyone's experience taking it off. Maybe that's a good sign, though! I don't think I'll ever have a reason to take the mirror down. When we move, we'll just leave it there for the next owners. And it's on the back of a door that rarely gets closed, so nobody would really notice if there was any damage.

      I did use the strips to hold up a bunch of ceiling medallions on my bedroom wall, so I do worry what will happen when I try to take those down, because if they don't come off easily, there could be a lot of drywall damage. Fingers crossed!

    2. Thanks! Good luck with those medallions.


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