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Friday, August 28, 2015

Hanging a Mirror OVER Another Mirror

There is nothing like the impending arrival of a gaggle of guests to get you motivated to finish projects in your home. Some of you may remember our wine rack bathroom. I wrote a post about it last January. Since that post absolutely NOTHING has been done to the room. The problem is that the sink needs to be replaced. The thirty year old cultured marble sink and surround has yellowed beyond the point of repair. Like anything else I have hit the pause button because just that one task creates a possible domino affect.

When the sink is removed will it damage the mirror above that has been epoxied to the wall?

Will the sink removal damage the cabinet underneath?

So I have done nothing. But now feel I must do something.

Enter in the layered mirror.

Sounds so simple right?

It would be if perhaps I wanted to use a mirror with a long leather strap I could hang right above the existing mirror.

Or if I simply wanted to use a thin wire cable.

Layering is another great option but not when a sink and water are involved.

Trying to find a way to hang a mirror over a mirror or layer a mirror over a mirror has not resulted in an EASY button. Believe me I’ve googled every type of description you can think of.

The results have offered :

Suction cups with hooks.

Velcro strips.

3M command strips.

But of course I want to use an antique French mirror.

So, I don’t want to use a somewhat reliable method that might send my lovely mirror crashing to the tiled floor at 2 o’clock in the morning.

I found only ONE possible solution. This involves drilling a hole into the existing mirror to hang hardware.

Still not an easy fix.

I know you want to keep the large mirror in your powder lets hang a decorative one over the top.

But I CAN see it in my head. Once done I would go ahead and paint the base of the cabinet navy blue. When I do get around to pulling out the sink if it needs touchups so be it.

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In the meantime here is the mirror in question carefully propped up on the faucet. The faucet will be replaced when the sink is. The black spray paint job, done by a former occupant, is peeling rather badly.

Now it’s your turn to convince Mr. D├ęcor that this is a good idea and to do it this weekend. :)

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Until next time I bid you happy weekend wishes. :)

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Would you do a layered look?



Stacey said...

That looks amazing, Laura.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love , love, love this mirror. I can't wait to see how you do this. I have wanted to do a layered look in our master bathroom but like you hadn't found a good way of doing it.

Auntie Em said...

I am sure what ever you do, this little bath will become a jewel. But if that is a precious antique mirror, I would be a little timid of hanging it in a bath room over a tap. Especially if people might brush or floss their teeth there (I know, ewww, right!) or if there is any chance of the humidity damaging the lovely frame or mirror. I have seen the backing on older mirrors become damaged by cleaning substances as well.
As for hanging a mirror, what about a piece of wire hidden by a piece of beautiful ribbon or piece of canvas webbing (I am thinking of the kind used for belts and purse straps)? Since its pretty much impossible to hide the hardware, make it a part of the decoration, is what I am thinking of.
Or maybe hang just an empty frame over the existing mirror or even hang a narrow curtain or window scarf around it?
Or even take the bull by the horns and get rid of the sink and mirror all together and do the redo. It might not be as bad as you think. Its a tiny room and a cute little sink with a bit of paint will make it all better. lol At least that's what I keep telling my poor hubby as I talk him into another redo! :)
Enjoy your weekend! :)

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I love this look and actually have an antique mirror propped up in front of a larger bathroom mirror. Great photos!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Actually a very cool idea.

We took down our mirrors when we put up our new ones in the master bath - never even thought of doing this......I DID want more of the wall color showing so I don't regret it, but this is a neat idea.

Here's our bathroom at the moment, first phase of re-do - will get to phase 2 after we get our daughter's wedding paid for. I am very conservative and careful about budgeting though I think about little else. I loathe our old shower and can't wait for it to be gone!

Vel Criste said...

I love doing that in my living room, was planning it on the kids bathroom, but with kids, I thought it wouldn't be a good idea. Love yours though!

Jaybird said...

I would layer this mirror in a nanosecond!! Just be sure that you have a stud in the appropriate place before you drill a hole in the original mirror. DON'T ask how I know this!!!
Your bath will look beautiful when you do your upgrades!
Good luck with the hubster...they usually see it your way pretty quickly :^)
Have a good weekend and be blessed,

Katie Mansfield said...

You can touch up the faucet with more spray paint to get it to last a little longer.
I did layer a mirror and hung it from a cord that was tacked into the wall above the builder mirror. Eventually, I just took the builder mirror down and repainted the wall behind it. Have fun with your guests.

Southerngirl1 said...

Hi Laura, several years ago I did the same thing you are contemplating. My handyman glued a mirror to our bathroom mirror and he and a helper held it in place for several minutes probably about 10 or 15 minutes. No drilling involved and the mirror he attached was pretty heavy. It held beautifully, I don't remember the name of the adhesive but I'm sure a good hardware store could make a recommendation. Good luck!

Mari said...

I would absolutely layer the looks beautiful.....
Good luck getting your husband to hang it up for you.....
Have a great weekend....

Smiles ~

Jill Cooper said...

I like the layered look but I'd also put a frame around your big mirror first. Lovely old mirror you have!!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I had never thought of layering mirrors before reading your post. But I loved the inspiration oictures and so I think it's a great idea!

Ellen Thompson said...

I have a large mirror from an old dresser propped in between the two sinks in the master bath in what was mean to be a vanity area. Works for me!