So we finally did it.
We took the enormous dated mirror down from over the mantel.
It turned into a minor disaster, but the monster mirror is gone. Sheww.
Here’s a before shot of the offending mirror.
I researched taking mirrors down on the internet and took all the proper precautions: duct tape the mirror, use heavy duty suction cups, wear goggles and gloves, etc.
It was really all for naught as the mirror was tucked in behind the ceiling plaster and behind the mantel wood, so there was nowhere to shimmy anything behind it to break the glue patches.
The initial plan was to save the mirror glass to use in other projects, but we had been working on getting it off for a few hours and at that point The BG and I were so frustrated we just decided to give it a little tap to break off a portion and work from there.
One little tap…
Okay cool we got a little chunk off.
Two little taps…
Here’s were my advice for removing a mirror comes in: LAY DOWN A PROTECTIVE TARP OVER YOUR WOOD FLOORS!!!!!!!
The whole mirror shattered into a million pieces and damaged our floors!!
After I finished crying , and the BG finished cursing my need to DIY , we continued.
We hung 1/4 inch plywood to get a nice smooth surface then added 1 x 3 (I think) per-primed mdf, and a little piece of trim at the top to TRY to match the crown molding. In an old house you know nothing is ever level or square!
At this point The BG said, “there you go,” grabbed a beer and watched the football game.
I did the caulking (it took ALOT to patch the top) and the painting, and now I LOVE IT!
No more ugly mirror!
I’d love to replace the floor tiles, and to figure out how to remove the old gas heater that is in there. ( Can you feel my husband cringing?) I don’t think it is hooked up to gas,I can almost pull it right out if it weren’t for the tubing that goes somewhere?? But considering the way this project went, I might need to call in an expert. I don’t want to blow us up!!! LOL