Getting your bathroom mirror replaced can be quite a task. It’s very heavy, can be dangerous if it falls and is awkward to install if you don’t have the right techniques for hanging the mirror. Whether you’re attaching it to the wall or you’re hanging it from its frame, use the tips below for hanging mirrors in your bathroom and get the job done without any worries.
For this easy task, you’ll need a friend to help you hold the mirror in pace while you level it up. Start by finding the center of the wall where you’ll be hanging your mirror. Next, make a mark on the center of the mirror with a dry erase marker. Align the two marks together on the wall and use a level to adjust the mirror into plumb position. Use a pencil to lightly mark each corner of the mirrors position so that the marks won’t be seen once the mirror has been hung.
Remove the mirror from the wall and use a stud finder to locate two studs behind the mirror. Preferably, the two studs will reside evenly on each side of the mirror. Use the level to transfer the marks from the corner across the wall and over the studs. Fasten the 4 J-clips on the mark with a 1 ½” woodscrew. Leave the top two j-clips loose in their anchors.
Attach the mirror so the bottom goes into the j-clips first. Press the mirror down and the top j-clips up so that the lip fits over the edge of the mirror. Press the anchors and mirror until you hear a clicking sound. The mirror is now attached to the wall.
When you want to hang a framed mirror, you’ll need to use two eye screws to hold picture framing wire of the appropriate gauge. Measure 2/3 of the way down the each side of the frame and attach the two eye screws. Loop one end of the picture hanging wire in one of the eye screws and twist it in a knot. Loop it through the other eye screw so the wire is loose but firm. Cut the wire off and twist tie the end tight.
Find and mark the center of the back of the mirror. Pull the wire tight to the center line and measure from the bottom up to the top of the line. Transfer this measurement to the wall so you know exactly where to place the securing device.
Once you’ve got a mark on the wall, you can install a molly or toggle bolt if there is no stud present behind the drywall to secure the wire. Place a picture frame hook onto the toggle/molly bolt before placing it into the wall and tightening it up.
No Frame Mastic
Find the center of the mirror as described in the J-clip installation instructions. Then apply mirror mastic to the wall using a 3/8 v-notched trowel. Spread the mastic with the flat side of the trowel first, then come back and “comb” the notched grooves with the notched side of the trowel. Press the mirror against the wall for at least one minute before releasing.