Hello friends and Happy New Year! I am coming to you with my first post of 2020! We are finally settling into our house a bit more, and starting to complete each room. My office has been on the top of my list to complete since we moved in! Now that wedding season and holiday season is officially over, I have the time to jump in and finish my office. First thing is first, I painted the entire room (Collingwood BM) and prepped the space to begin my mirror wall design!
From the moment I saw my office, I knew I wanted to create a mirror gallery wall using my ornate gold rental mirrors I have as part of my Details and Swirls wedding rental inventory. What appeared to be a daunting and time consuming project, ended up being fairly simple and easy! Below I mapped out the steps and instructions I came up with for mapping out and installing my wall!
Step 1: Map
I measured my wall (10 feet wide x 7 feet tall) and took to the Pottery Barn Room Planner to map out my design. If you haven’t used this before, it is AMAZING! I plugged in the dimensions on the room, added icons with the dimensions of all the mirrors I wanted to use, and dragged them around to determine a layout. This created a perfect map of my wall with the exact dimensions! If you are wondering why the mirrors are labeled it is because all of my rental pieces have “names”!
Step 2: Map Out On Floor
Now that I knew the dimensions and pieces I was using, I wanted to map everything out in real life. I used the floor in my office for this step. Since the width of the floor is the same as the width of the wall, I measured 7 feet on the floor to mimic the height, and laid my pieces down. Basically creating the exact dimensions of my wall, except on my floor.
Step 3: Equip All Mirrors For Hanging
Ensure all mirrors have proper hanging equipment. I used this wire and these hooks to ensure sturdy hanging. I recommend using wire suited for weight 50lbs and over!
Step 4: Take Your Mirror Measurements
To ensure proper hanging height, you need to keep in mind the distance between the hanging wire and the height of your mirror. After I attached the wire on each mirror, I put the mirror face down to measure. I lifted the wire from the center until there was no more give (this is how it will sit on the hook). Then I measured from the top of the mirror to that high point on the wire (let’s say 10 inches for this example). This means that whatever height I want the mirror to sit at on the wall, I need to place my hook 10 inches below that. Complete this step for all mirrors noting down the wire height for each!
Step 5: Hang!
Now it is time to hang! I started with my center mirror, because the placement of every other mirror is based off of my center. Since I had all of my pieces proportionally laid out, I simply measured from the “ceiling” how high to hang my center mirror (including the wire height from Step 4). That’s it! Once I had that measurement, I took to the real wall, measured that number, placed my hook up, and hung! Now that the center is up, I moved onto the other mirrors by simply holding them in their place on the wall, marking the top, and placing the hanger at the appropriate wire measurement. Simple and Easy! The beauty in doing a mirror wall is the measurements do not have to be exact. As long as the mirror is held up in the area you want it, you just mark, measure for the wire, and hang!