Asked on May 12, 2017

What is the safest easiest way to take down a whole wall of mirrors

CLindy Ann Spencer MeierSandra
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The mirrors were professionally put up. Four full ceiling to floor panels 4 1/2 'x 9' plus long mirror strips all around each panel
14 answers
  • And1639926
    on May 12, 2017

    It looks like they're behind some trim? So pulling them out whole isn't an option without removing the trim. Maybe tape trashbags all over them and just go at it with hammer.
  • Me
    on May 12, 2017

    duct tape them over completely, cover with plastic to try to contain little shards, and grab your hammer. you should be able to contain the pieces in an orderly fashion. or partly orderly with less chance of injury.
    or call a local glass company
    Good Luck
  • Charly
    on May 12, 2017

    Oh my gosh. They are so beautiful! Why get rid of them? They make the room look larger and spacious! They look grand and fancy!
    • Sindy
      on May 16, 2017

      I love the mirrors too, but we are thinking about opening up the whole wall to make more of an open concept. We were planning on doing this ourselves but it sounds like more of a project than it's worth because of the mirrors.
  • Sweet Pea Studio
    on May 12, 2017

    Maybe you could install a rod and just put a drape in front of it and pretend it is a window with the drapes closed. Or ask a paint company (like Sherwin Williams) if you can paint mirrors. Maybe that is a possibility. Good luck!
    • Elaine
      on May 12, 2017

      I understand your "drape" suggestion, Sweet Pea, but since the mirrors are not on an outer wall, hanging a drape over the mirror will just make it look rather "fake" because a real window would be on an outside wall and not on an inner wall - if you follow me.
  • Ber7219677
    on May 12, 2017

    Just hammering them even though they have plastic bags over them seems rather unpredictable. Buy a $2 glass cutter and score lines across and up the mirrors 8 inch squares aproximately, then use duct tape and a plastic protector (I reckon that old sheets are better). When you tap them with your hammer, they should crack along the score lines. Wear safety goggles, tie you hammer to a broom handle, and tap gently.
  • Barbara Maness Bucy
    on May 12, 2017

    I think they are beautiful.
    • Barbara Weber
      on May 12, 2017

      so do I. Would make my tiny LR look sooooo much larger. If you must, drape them, the next buyer of your house might really be happy they are there.
  • JOHNNY
    on May 12, 2017

    CRIS CROSS TAPE ACROSS THE GLASS ( DUCT TAPE ) TO START, LAY ANOLD CARPET OR PLYWOOD ON YOUR FLOOR, THE MIRROR WAS ATTACHED W/ MASTIC. ? DO YOU WANT TO TRY TO SAVE ANY OF THE MIRROR , YOU WILL LOSE SOME OF IT. USING A HARD SPATULA HARD STIFF KIND W/ SHARP EDGE MAY BE 2 & FLAT PRIBARS START ON THE EDGE AND WORK TOP TO BOTTOM, WEAR GLASS'S, AND HEAVY GLOVES & NO OPEN TOED SANDALS. YOU WILL HAVE PLASTER DAMAGE AS IT WILL PULL THE PLASTER FROM THE WALL WHERE THE MASTIC IS APPLIED & BE VERY CAREFULL TAKE YOUR TIME. IF IT BREAKS REMOVE THE BROKEN PIECES, BY CUTTING THE TAPE THAT WILL HOLD IT. GLASS YOU HAVE IS PLATE APROX. 3/8-1/4 INCH. BEST DONE W/ 2 PEOPLE
  • Ilene
    on May 12, 2017

    CALL A PROFESSIONAL! Removing your mirrors is a huge, dangerous job. Splurge in this area; be thrifty someplace else. I've seen dozens of injuries from attempted mirror removal. Not worth the risk.
  • Elaine
    on May 12, 2017

    In a previous home, we had an inner wall covered in full length mirrors. Unfortunately, the panels were not installed properly the first time so the company had to return, remove then and replace new panels. There were three panels - each 9' high by about 5' wide. We watched them remove the poorly hung "first" mirrors and I must say, it was a TOUGH, messy and dangerous job! We had brand new wall-to-wall carpeting down and it took me months to vacuum up the tiny splinters of mirrors! The carpet's pile trapped the many, tiny slivers and since I had a cat, it took a long time before I felt it was safe to enter the living room. If you can afford it, call in a professional!
  • Sharon
    on May 12, 2017

    Yeah I would get a pro.....not worth winding up with life-threatening cuts and bleeding to death. And just because you whack away at it, doesn't mean they didn't use mastic when they installed them, so the shards could be stuck to the wall.
  • Sharon
    on May 12, 2017

    Another option would to offer them for sale on craigslist stating buyer has to have them removed. Mirrors that big are worth money. Hopefully they are not glued to wall.
  • Sandra
    on May 12, 2017

    I would go on pinterest and check out some ideas before I take them down. You might be surprised.
  • Lindy Ann Spencer Meier
    on May 13, 2017

    Call a pro. this could a dangerous task.
  • C
    on May 13, 2017

    The weight of each mirror is a huge obstacle! I agree to calling a pro to have them removed. I removed a 3' x 4' mirror by myself and the weight was all I could handle. I have been avoiding removing the 4' x 6' mirror from our master bath until I can get 2 people to stand at each end of the mirror to catch it as I pry it off the wall. ALSO, remember that you will have damaged the surface of the wall. Removing will pull off some of the adhesive and the drywall surface will come with it.

    Good Luck and please remember to post a picture of your finished project.
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