Projects / Thrift store finds

How to hang a heavy mirror for $2

I like old stuff because  old stuff was built to last.  That meant it was heavy and by today’s standards more expensive to make.  Tonight I wanted to hang my new GOLD mirror.  It has a wood frame and a wood back (vs a cardboard back).  It is pretty heavy and the last thing I want is for it to come crashing down on the floor.

The wire on the back of the mirror was situated for it to hang vertically but I want it to hang horizontally.  I could buy a kit for $5 in the store but I opted the cheaper route.  I purchased some steel wire out of the dollar store

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This is going to be quick and easy

Mark the location of your screws.

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Screw in your screws but don’t screw them all the way in.  I used 3/4″ screws.

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Wrap some wire around one screw, I opted for 4 times around the screw,  then I went back and forth between screws until I had 5 strands of wire.

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I twisted the end around the wires to make it as one strand.

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I added more wire so that the whole wire would be wrapped.  Make sure the ends are not sticking out.  You can clamp them down with a pair of pliers.

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Holding the wire taunt I tightened the screws.  I added some weather stripping above and below the screws.  It protects against the frame damaging the wall.

And thats it.  I use two screws in the wall and hook the wire over the screws.  You should try to get one of the screws in a stud and use and anchor with the other.  I don’t have to go thorough all that as I have knotty pine beneath my drywall.  I can hang anything anywhere in here.  Loving it!

Have you ever thought of using weather stipping to protect walls and furniture?

 

 

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