How to you take down a huge builders grade bathroom mirror?

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This mirror is over 9' long. We want to take in down, and have it cut down into 2 normal size mirrors is possible. If not we'll just replace with 2 new smaller mirrors. We need to remove mirror to raise bathroom countertop height.

q how to you take down a huge builders grade bathroom mirror
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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Aug 06, 2018

    Because the mirror is so long, and glass can get brittle over time, I'd have a professional remove it and cut it on site if possible. Transportation to a glaziers might also present a problem.

  • By Brittany Goldwyn By Brittany Goldwyn on Aug 06, 2018

    I would have a professional handle it, but for your consideration--we also wanted to remove a similar mirror in our bathroom. We decided not to remove it at a friend's urging because he thought the bathroom would look smaller and darker. I do think he would have been right and I am glad we kept it. Not sure that would be as much of a consideration for you, though, since your bathroom seems to have windows

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on Aug 07, 2018

    Maybe you could use some decorative trim n frame around it n may a strip down center(hot glue,caulk,or glass glue) or no strip n put a hook in ceiling at center of mirror n get some kind of hanging ivy plant!?

  • Stacy Stacy on Aug 07, 2018

    We just did this a month ago. If you are installing a new higher vanity then do take it down. Use strong people with gloves and take out the vanity first so you can get under it easier. It looks like it is sitting on clips. While one to two people hold the mirror, remove the top clips (often spring loaded if you can't see screws) and carefully remove it to a safe place. Either put it back up after cabinet install using new clips from Lowes or Home depot or buy two new mirrors, especially since you have two light fixtures. We chose to reinstall our large mirror because our room was narrow like yours and it visually expanded the space. We also chose to keep the cabinet height low as it was a main bath and kids struggle with all the high vanities put in homes today. This looks like your master bath though and I understand why you would want a higher counter. While the mirror is out and if you install two mirror, think about putting in electric GFCI outlet between them as I don't see any convenient outlet for hair dryers etc. *Note- if you keep the mirror, install it at its new height before installing cabinet. Mirrors are HEAVY. It looks like your light fixtures are low and that won't allow for much movement of mirror height? Time to get two smaller mirrors!

  • Stacy Stacy on Aug 07, 2018

    ps- turning the light fixture around so the light bulbs face the ceiling would open your sink area up and be more joyful. Putting in a taller cabinet will make your room feel smaller. Messing with such a nice heavy mirror is a pain.

  • Ted Rowland Ted Rowland on Aug 07, 2018

    Check with your local glass company, and ask if they can be successfully resized. Some mirrors can and they could remove them and either take them to the shop or resize there. They may be willing to trade you smaller mirrors for the large one, since the large mirrors sell at such a premium price. This mirror has polished edges, and this second choice would be the best option. I think there would be a fee for removing and re-installing the new ones, but you could schedule when you want the new ones put in.

  • Wilannette biela Wilannette biela on Aug 07, 2018

    Do you see clips holding the mirror there should be 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom? If not your mirror is glued on and that is put on with mirror mastic I would find a trim, you see a lot of mirrors put in picture frames. I had beveled strips put on my I really didn't care for them, they are put on with double sided tape and the dust would get between the mirror and the bevel strips.

  • Wilannette biela Wilannette biela on Aug 07, 2018

    Yours looks like you have clips. You can get a glass company to take it down it is really large. They can take it down and cut it to whatever size you want and polish the edges. Lot cheaper than a new mirror.


  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 08, 2018

    How are you planning to raise the height of the vanity? Is a new base frame going to be built for it to sit on? This solid surface countertop is very heavy. The vanity will need adequate base support to be sturdy. Are you planning to keep the same countertop or are you going to remove this one and replace it with a new on?


    The large mirror does not necessarily need to be removed in order for the vanity to be be raised up. As the countertop is attached to the base cabinets, and not the wall, the back ledge of the countertop can sit up against the glass instead of under, as it is now.


    The drain pipes to each sink will need to be lengthened to accommodate the additional height of the vanity.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 05, 2021

      If you are wanting to raise up the vanity countertop 6 inches, then you will loose 6 inches of mirror. Also, the vanity countertop backsplash will project a little farther away from the wall - as much as the thickness of the mirror.


      But, as the neither the vanity countertop nor the backsplash will be attached to the mirror, I would say that there is no danger that the mirror will break if the backsplash just sits in front of it.

  • Colleen Colleen on Aug 09, 2018

    I wouldn’t turn the lights facing the ceiling. I had that in my bathroom before I changed the lights and there were burn marks on the ceiling cause the lights got hot.

  • Kellie Ahnmark Kellie Ahnmark on Aug 21, 2018

    It’s easy to take down you need to duck tape the hole mirror, then use hammer go slow and be careful.

  • J Brown J Brown on Jan 05, 2021

    We took down a large mirror that also covered the entire wall. It was attached by the track at the bottom and the "spring" clips at the top so no adhesive to deal with. Took it to the window/glass place and had it cut into two pieces fairly reasonable. We had both top corners arched and rehung over the two new separate vanities.

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