hanging a heavy mirror

So here's the thing. I don't have the best track record for hanging things on the wall. Curtains, frames, toilet paper holders... not my thing. But I'm learning that you can't always stick a nail in the wall and call it a day. I've found the nail in anchors have really been helping me with heavy objects. But hanging a mirror that probably weighs as much as I do? Nerve racking in my department. 

This past summer I took advantage of the route 11 yard sale. Basically anyone who can grab a spot on the side of the road sells stuff and it goes through several towns. It's really exciting. Of course in years past I never had a ton of money to thoroughly partake and the year I had money, I found very little. 

We had just eaten lunch and checked out a second hand store. The owner told us that there was a "warehouse full of furniture down the road." This stopped Kate and me in our tracks. We didn't even have to look at eachother. We hauled our husbands down the road [and then back a bit since we passed it]. It was a warehouse full of furniture and I was literally salivating. I quickly realized that it was used hotel furniture and most of it was ... laminated crap. I was starting to get angry that we had wasted our time. And then we saw them... enormous frames and mirrors for insane prices. All frames were $5 to $10 and we're talking about really big frames that would fit over your couch perfectly. Massive pieces that needed to be painted but still, massive and cheap!

I found this mirror for $20 and it fit this space like a glove. Well actually, we didn't have the measurements on hand but I figured I could always sell it on Craigslist and it was such a good deal, I just had to try. Luckily it fit even though we had to raise the height of our bathroom lights. Here is what we started with:

Although I used wooden tones in the bathroom makeover, this shade was just way too dark. So we spray painted it a matte black. 

The mirror came with french cleats on the back but no matching part for the wall. So we picked up two different sizes that equaled the length already existing on the back of the mirror. Unfortunately our light is not centered in the middle of the wall. So I found the difference between the middle of the light fixture and the middle of faucet and split the difference.

Next I had Oscar hold the mirror up until I found the height I liked and marked it with tape. I knew that the french cleat was 2 1/4" from the top of the mirror and measured down, marking again with tape. 

We started on one end with the wall part of the cleat. We used the anchors/screws that were included with the cleat. They even included some mini levels. I was surprised to find that I didn't need to locate any studs since we were using these. 

Start with a screw in the middle so that you can change the levelness as you go. Here's the cleats that we used for this project. Remember that each cleat details how much weight it can hold and to always allow extra room. Better safe than sorry!

"french cleats"

It really was so much easier than we expected and I would've done it sooner if I would've known!

"hanging a heavy mirror"


  1. Wow this is awesome and makes it so much easier. Love the mirror too!

  2. When I first saw the title, I thought oh my gosh she bought that marble mirror from Lowes. We are about to hang a mirror in our upstairs bath, so this will be very helpful!

    1. I wish! We loved the mirrors but since we are just updating the bathrooms and not really making them over, it would be like putting lipstick on a pig. I was afraid they would look at that and then our beige countertops and think ... "well they started and then didn't finish." Basically, it was too nice to put into our bathroom lol!

  3. OH MY GOSH!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I passed on a mirror last weekend while I was at an antique mall because the thing weighed a ton and I was scare about mounting it! I think I know what I'll be doing tomorrow morning ;) Happy Friday Caroline!

  4. OK, I've had my spare bathroom tore up for about 3 years now. I had pried on the slab mirror mounted on the wall to see how hard it would be to get off and whoops! it popped off! So, I took down the 80's Hollywood style make-up light and long story short here I am three years later with the hole in the wall finally patched, ready to sand, prime and paint. I had a MASSIVE heavy 3' x 5' mirror that I painted the frame and have been trying to figure out how to hang considering there are NO studs conveniently centered where it needs to go.

    I do believe you have just solved my problem and foresee a trip to Lowe's in my immediate future. THANKS! :D

    1. I'm so glad I could help- I felt like it was really sturdy after I did this and it was a solid mirror. Good luck!

  5. What a beautiful mirror. Love your method for getting it to stay up there on the wall. Looks very solid :)


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