Everyone was up early yesterday morning and we had no plans until lunch time so it was a great morning to do this to the half bath:
The vanity and mirror have been removed! It was our first time taking off a mirror that was stuck on with adhesive. It wasn’t incredibly easy and it was a little bit of a time suck so I figured I’d outline how we did it for other clueless DIYers.
Step One: Protective Covering
I was wearing my winter coat and gloves. AJ had workman gloves and his scuba mask on (because, you know… five months after you move things, like googles, are still not where you know where they are yet.. :)). Make sure you are covered in case there are flying shards of mirror glass. The scuba mask completely distorted AJ’s face… depending on your googles they may be uncomfortable and pull your skin but DEFINITELY wear them!
Step Two: Cover your mirror
We read an article that said to cover the entire mirror with duct tape. Instead of using that much tape (expensive and we ran out), I doubled up on very thick plastic bags the previous owner had left behind and duct taped them to the mirror. I didn’t leave any mirror showing through for fear that (Murphy’s Law) that would be the piece to go flying during the removal. I bet a tarp doubled up would make a good covering if you don’t have ultra thick plastic.
Step Three: Blow Dry your Mirror
We had no idea where the adhesive was because the entire mirror was so tightly on the wall. I took the blow dryer to the whole mirror evenly to soften the adhesive. We aren’t sure how well this worked in retrospect but we were willing to try anything. It may have worked better if we just had duct tape on the mirror instead of two layers of plastic. This photo is also known as “Hunchback Jen with bed head”.
Step Four: Use wire or weed eater string
The next step is to maneuver your thick wire behind the mirror almost like floss and make it go back and forth and up and down to cut through any adhesive. Have a spotter holding the mirror at this point in case it falls. Our wire kept breaking because the adhesive was so strong so AJ thought to use weed eater string which was the perfect strength and thickness to get the job done.
Step Five: Get behind the mirror
The article we read recommended using a crow bar at this point. We needed something longer so AJ grabbed our metal yardstick and that, like the improvised weed-eater string, was the perfect length and strength to get the mirror off. Each mirror cracked into fairly big pieces. The noise of it breaking is incredibly loud… we both jumped and the kids heard from the next room and yelled to see if we were okay. The plastic and duct tape did the job and secured the shards. We just pulled back the plastic, took the cracked pieces off with our gloves on, then put the plastic back on the wall to protect AJ while removing the remainder of the mirror.
This method was great and pretty safe, albeit a time consuming (probably took us an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish).
Keep your kids in the next room totally away from you. There will be small shards of glass from removing the mirror all over the bathroom… vacuum the bottoms of your sneakers / work boots after your are done. There will most likely be tiny pieces of glass on them that you are tracking around.
Now the fun stuff…
Bathroom Floor Plans:
I just removed most of the floor yesterday and AJ is going to need to pull up the plywood floor today so that the tile sits at the right height. We are figuring out the tile today. We loved this tile but found out it was more expensive than we thought.
So we may be back at a classic white gray tile like this one:
We’ve got to get the floor done as soon as possible because Boyd Builders (they built the porch on our last home) are coming in to do trim work all around the bottom of the bathroom. The job will cost us between $600 – $900 (mostly in labor charges)and it’ll take a day to a day and a half. It’s worth it because we knew the detail of the work is something we couldn’t do to that well. He’ll be here possibly the week of February 1. I’m thinking something like this:
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I bought a cute little tray for the back of the toilet and a little vase from a thrift store the other day to add to the bathroom… I’m beyond excited to add the little details and some artwork!
We are on our way to a finished bath by end of February and meeting our goal!