We haven’t made any progress in Kate’s bedroom since I last posted photos of her room, and that was already 3 weeks ago. So while dinner was cooking, I decided to hang her mirror. This is the same mirror that hung in our bedroom before we had kids, and in Leah’s nursery when she was a baby, so it has been around for awhile.
It has two loops to hang on, one on either side of the frame, and I find those ones a little frustrating to hang. I hate measuring and measuring and measuring until everything looks good, only to drill holes and hang it and find I’m off by a 1/4″.
So what’s the easiest way to hang a mirror? Use tape to measure the distance between the loops! (Thank you Pinterest!)
Then you put the tape on the wall, and you can skip the step of repeatedly measuring the distance you need between the screws. (Just make sure you use wide tape that won’t stretch.)
Measure the distance of both ends to the ceiling to make sure it will be level:
Double check the horizontal distance between the loops and from one end of the tape to the other end, to make sure it hasn’t stretched. Adjust it if necessary. Use a pencil to mark on the wall where the screws need to go.
Check the box label for the drywall anchors to see what size drill bit is required and drill the holes at each mark:
Use a rubber mallet to hammer in the drywall anchors:
Screw the screw into the drywall anchor:
Leave just enough space so that the loop on the mirror will fit over the screw:
Hang the mirror! I prefer to have someone to help me align the loops over the screws, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done it by myself in the past.
So here is the before shot:
And here is the after shot. It really opens up the room and makes it feel brighter:
After hanging this mirror in 3 or 4 other rooms, I finally have it at a height where I can see the top of my head! I’m 5′-9″ tall and even though this is a baby’s room, it drives me nuts when mirrors are too low to see the top of my head! It’s a bit of a bigger gap than I’d normally like, but it will be less obvious when I get a lamp and accessories on the dresser.