Removing a glued wall mirror

I was bored with my “contractor grade” mirror above the double vanity in my master bathroom.  I found two mirrors at the thrift store (five dollars each..yoohoo!) that I wanted to switch for the one larger mirror.  This tutorial will show you step by step what I did to remove the mirror and repair the wall.

 

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I bought a large roll of duck tape and started taping.  I also covered my vanity with a drop cloth to protect it throughout the project.

 

 

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This was probably overkill on the Duck tape but I’m overly cautious.  I was so afraid of breaking the mirror. I can’t afford  seven years of bad luck.
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I would recommend using goggles and gloves.  I used Mr. Mechanic’s help for this part of the project. The mirror was too heavy to handle alone.   We started pushing in  wood shims to help “pry” the mirror while gently pulling the mirror from the wall. You could hear it tearing loose from the paper on the drywall.  This process took about a minute and there was no breakage or chipping of the mirror. (I’m going to sale the old mirror on Craigslist to recoup some of my project money)

 

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SPECIAL NOTE: My sister just called me on the phone to ask me what a shim was. She edits my blog and gives me feedback to insure that I keep everything easy to understand. Shims are thin strips or wedges of wood, metal or plastic. They are used for driving into crevices or to help with leveling something.  As you gently lift the mirror from the wall, push these shims behind it. Ultimately. I was trying to create a gap between the mirror and the wall to help me pry the mirror off the wall. The shims help to keep that gap until the whole mirror is loose.

 

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We were able to gently scrape some of the old adhesive patches off with a putty knife.

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With some of the more thinner patches  we cut through the 1st layer of the drywall, using a small blade to outline the old adhesive.  It made it easier to remove the old adhesive that was permanently attached to the first layer of the drywall. It also helped minimalize damage to the drywall. Any damages have to be repaired if they aren’t going to be covered by a mirror.
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Now I filled all the holes and thinner patches with joint compound that I purchased at Lowes. Wait for it to dry thoroughly.
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Once dried, lightly sand all the patches with 150 grit sandpaper until the patches feel (rub over them with your hands) like they blend with the wall. Now primer paint all your patches.  I use KILZ brand primer for all my priming needs.

Note: Once I primed my patches, I noticed a couple of them that I needed to patch again.  Sometimes you won’t notice some of the divots until they have a coat of primer on them.  You just have to patch them again.  ARRGH! !

 

 

 

 

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My wall had an orange peel texture.  The patches are smooth and they will be noticeable once I put my paint on. I purchased some spray wall texture from Lowe’s. This is the brand that I love.  It’s not cheap but worth the money spent to help blend in those smooth patches.  This wall texture has three different settings on the can so you can choose how large you want your texture to be.  Just try and match what is already on the wall.  It is a bit messy.  So cover your surfaces and clean up overspray quickly.  Before I started spraying the texture on the wall, I practiced spraying on piece of cardboard.

 

 

 

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Once my texture was dry (about 30 minutes) I lightly sanded the whole surface.  Next, I primed the texture spray.  These textured spots can appear duller in sheen if you skip this step.  You might end up having to put on more coats of finish paint to achieve a good, overall sheen on your finished paint job.  Primer is cheaper than paint so I didn’t skip this step.  Finally, I rolled on a couple of finish coats of paint.

 

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My wall turned out beautiful and I hung up my two mirrors.  These mirrors are hanging by wires attached to the frames.  They cover more wall than I expected but I KNOW the walls still look perfect behind them. Heh, heh.  I love this new look too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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