How to hang a heavy full-length leaner mirror on the wall

Last November when I hosted a local Kirkland’s grand opening event I found the perfect mirror for my daughter’s room. The mirror has a beveled mirror edge around it and looks glam enough for a tween girl’s bedroom. It is a full-length floor leaner mirror, but I wanted it hung on the wall.

Here’s the pretty beveled edge:

The mirror came with a stand on the back so that it could stand freely on the ground while leaning a bit.

I wanted it hanging on the wall, but the stand on the back was in the way. It also didn’t come with any hanging brackets, so I had to add that as well.

On the under-side of the stand were two very small hinges that I removed with a screwdriver. From there I needed to figure out a way to hang it on the wall.

I bought this cleat picture hanging system on Amazon (affiliate link). It supports more than enough weight for the mirror, plus it allows the mirror to sit almost flush against the wall.

The cleat has two pieces – one attaches to the back of the mirror, and the other attaches to the wall. Installing the cleat was really easy, and it came with pretty short screws which alleviated my concerns about drilling into the back of a mirror. I would be so upset if the mirror had cracked. Fortunately the cleat attached just fine and the mirror stayed intact. No 7 years bad luck for me. Whew.

Before I attached the other piece to the wall, I first added some of my favorite heavy duty wall anchors, EZ Anchors (affiliate link). If I need a wall anchor, I will ONLY use these. They are so easy to use and are so much better than the little crappy ones that usually come with any kit.

From there I attached the 2nd half of the cleat. After that you just hang the mirror directly onto the wall. The cleats hook together and make it instantly secure.

So pretty!

Here’s a wider view so you can see that the mirror is hung between her door and her closet. I am still trying to wrap up loose ends in this room (plug covers, new closet doors, closet makeover, etc).

I really love the elegant mirror paired with the black door and the brushed nickel doorknob.

This is what the mirror looks like from the hall as you walk into her room. The view of it is partially cut off from the door.

After hanging the mirror I decided to go ahead and finish painting the back of her door. Until now most black doors in the house are still white on the opposite side. When I painted all the doors black I mentioned I used satin-finish paint and that I wasn’t very impressed. I’ve been slowly going around adding another coat of paint to all the doors, this time in a semi-gloss finish which I am much happier with. If you look closely you can tell that my daughter’s door has some shine to it but the door in the hallway doesn’t. I haven’t added a new coat of paint to the hallway door yet.

Just adding this fancy mirror is making her room look so much prettier. I’m still in a bit of a limbo as to where to take her room, so I haven’t really done much additional decorating yet aside from all the painting, new ceiling fan, and new blinds. She doesn’t seem to mind though. She’s just happy to finally have a full-length mirror to prance around in front of. She’s a little bit of a fashionista (I can assure you she did not get her love of fashion from me. I proudly buy clothing at Costco. lol).


     

Craftsman style moulding makes me happy

Hey y’all! How the heck are ya? Hopefully not freezing to death. Even in Austin, where it’s usually H-O-T, it has been so fr-fr-fr-freezing cold I can hardly stand it. I’m so used to hot weather that I pretty much just shut down and hibernate if the temps get below 50 degrees. I seriously cannot stand cold weather! Well, fortunately Saturday the weather gods shined upon us for one glorious day and we had temps in the high 70s. As soon as I felt that warm air, it light a fire under me and I started a project I’ve drooled about for 9 months now.

The last time I mentioned our living room it was because I had finally painted it.

On Saturday I got the DIY bug something fierce and after a quick trip to the hardware store I was loaded up and ready to go with a stack of whitewood. I put up (most of) the craftsman-style moulding around the windows and the door!

To say I am smitten would be an understatement. It is exactly how I pictured it in my head, but at the same time it’s a thousand times better too. I obviously have a lot more work to do including caulking all the seams, filling all the nail holes, and painting it all white. But let’s not focus on that right now. Let’s just focus on how much I freaking love this moulding.

I have been pinning and researching craftsman-style moulding for probably a year now. I just love the look of it. My goal is to craftsman-up this entire house, one 1×4 at a time. It’s a clean square look that is traditional, will never go out of style, and will always look great.

So, want a tutorial? Okay then, coming right up! I used Sarah’s tutorial as a guide (let’s be honest, I pretty much copied her).

Start by cutting through all the caulk of the previous window sills and moulding.

Now it’s time to start prying off all that old trim. I used a chisel and a hammer to get it started and it worked great, though I’m pretty sure that’s not an official use for a chisel.

Slowly pry off the moulding being careful not to damage the walls.

To get the window sill off I used a hammer to bang under the lip of it until it was loose, then I pried it off too. The reason I removed the sills is two fold. For one, the sills were not square or blunt along the edge. They were rounded. Craftsman style moulding generally uses a more square or blunt edge. And reason number two, the very outer edge didn’t stick out far enough to accommodate the new wider trim I was about to hang up. If this is confusing, stick with me and I’ll explain in more detail soon.

Here’s a very messy shot once the trim and window sills were removed.

The sill was the hardest part to calculate because I wanted one sill spanning all three windows (instead of three separate sills). I simply held the long board up (with my son’s help) and marked where all my cutouts needed to be.

I set up a very trashy (lol pun intended) and makeshift cutting area over two garbage cans because I don’t have sawhorses (those suckers are expensive!). Using my jig saw I cut out the sill. For the far right and left overhang, I wanted the overhang to be the width of my trim plus 1″.

Once my sill was cut I gave it a good sanding. I also sanded every other piece of wood I used on this project. Not a ton of sanding, but just a light once-over. I also knocked down all the edges of the boards so they weren’t sharp – not rounded or anything, I just took the edge off.

Because my three sills spanned a total of 13 feet I had to use two separate boards to complete my sill.

Here’s where my first board ended. I purposely ended it right at the edge there because I felt like it would be the easiest place to put a seam that I can fill later.

Here’s what the sill looks like around one of the walls between the windows. Also, please note, in all these photos I’ve left the two middle walls between the windows bare. They will have wood over them as well, but I picked up the wrong size and need to go back and purchase the correct piece.

For the header across the 13 feet of window, I actually made the entire thing in the driveway. Once it was assembled my son helped me hoist it up and nail it in place with my nail gun.

Before adding the header I added my side boards to trim out the window. Once they were nailed into place I hoisted the header (pre-made) on top and secured it. The sides, middle section of the header, and the skirt under the sill are all made using 1x4s. The remainder of the header is a piece of lattice, then the 1×4, then a 1×2. It’s much easier to build these before you install them.

Once the window was done I was still feeling ambitious so I tackled the door as well. I started by removing all the trim.

The previous trim was more narrow than the new trim so I had to cut away some of the baseboard to accommodate it. I used the dremel to easily cut away the excess baseboard. I wasn’t overly careful though because (spoiler alert) we are replacing the floor and all the baseboards within the next several months (fingers crossed!).

And yay, it’s done! I trimmed out the door the exact same way I did the window – sides first, then the header last.

Hopefully I’ll get these guys caulked and painted before long so I can show you a final reveal! This new trim makes me so giddy-happy. I can’t decide if I should finish up these guys first, or go do more trim around more windows and then finish them all up at once.

Here’s a quick and easy guide for measurements. I had a really hard time finding any information online about certain overhang widths, so after much googling and sleuthing around online I determined that

* The 1×2 and lattice in the header should overhang approximately 1/2″ from the center 1×4.
* The 1×4 in the header and the 1×4 on the side of the door or window should line up perfectly.
* The sill should overhang an additional 1″ from the side trim.
* My new sill is a 1×6, but yours may vary depending on how deep your windows are set.


     

Carnival-themed baby shower, a photo booth, & a cupcake stand tutorial

Back in October my sister’s best friend and I hosted a Carnival-themed baby shower for my pregnant sister. It turned out so fun and creative. The shower was hosted at my house but credit for the majority of the planning and decorating goes to my sister’s best friend, Stephanie. I like to keep things simple (I’m cheap and lazy) but Stephanie totally knocked this out of out the park.

The only downside to hosting the party outside at 4pm was that the lighting was terrible with shadows all over the place. It wasn’t noticeable in person, but the photos really enhance all the shadows.

The main attraction at the party was this awesome candy bar that Stephanie designed and put together. My contribution were the tower of mini cupcake cones and the gluten-free cupcakes and stands they sit on.

Aren’t those jars of candy so fun?!

We had the mini cupcake cones and for all our gluten-free friends I baked separate cupcakes and made mini stands for them to sit on. A quick tutorial for the cupcake stands will be at the bottom of this post.

Stephanie blew me away with this amazing Carnival marquee sign she made. The whole thing is made out of foam core board, poster board, a string of lights, and wooden letters that she hand-painted.

In addition to the candy bar we also had a huge table set up with carnival-themed foods and hamburgers. We were going to do hotdogs because they are more carnival-themed, but really, who wants to eat a hotdog? So we made hamburgers.

Ben (my husband) was the official grill guy and did a great job, though he smelled like a campfire the rest of the evening. He’s a good sport.

I ordered a bunch of decorations from Oriental Trading including a dozen of these adorable inflatable zoo animals that were a fun addition to the party.

We set up a small table to greet the guests as they arrived and left blank envelopes out for the guests to fill out with their address. At the end of the shower we gave the stack of pre filled-out envelopes to Lindsey (my sister) so she could easily write all her Thank-You notes. Random side note: those yellow pens are from Poppin and are my favorite pens in the world.

The most favorite part of the shower was the photo booth we set up. We taped a huge piece of fabric on the side of the house and mounted a camera on a tripod so people could take silly pictures. We also had a basket of props next to the booth.

Everyone took tons of silly photos and had a really great time goofing around. It was a good ice breaker for all the different friends of Lindsey that didn’t know each other.

Here are a few of the photos from the photo booth. I’m only sharing ones of close friends or family because I don’t know if all Lindsey’s guests want to make an appearance on my blog.


My son Travis. Trouble is right!


My 13 year old sister being a goofball.


Lindsey (center) with her best friends Liz and Stephanie (the one who co-hosted the shower with me and did most of the work)


My daughter, Me, and my sister


Sisters.


My daughter spent the most time in front of the camera. After the party we had at least 20 pictures that resembled this.


Ben and I.

And now for the cupcake stand tutorial. These are so easy to make. I saw some for sale on esty for $10 each. I think I made all of them for less than $10 total!

I started by purchasing two different types of wooden candlesticks and 6 wooden discs from Hobby Lobby.

To glue them together I used Gorilla Epoxy which worked really well. It holds much better than hot glue but does take longer to dry.

I put the epoxy on a plate and simply dipped the candlestick into it.

Then I stuck the candlestick onto the wooden disc.

To make the cupcake stands varying heights I glued different candlesticks together. Some had two short ones, some had a tall and a short one.

I taped them together with some cheap painters tape until they dried to ensure they had a good bond.

Once dry (an hour or so later) I gave each cupcake stand a coat of fun bright carnival-themed paint. Each received two coats of paint.

Super easy and really fun!

It was such a creative and fun shower to host, but was so much work! It was worth it for sure, but next time I have to host a baby shower I think they will get a Costco cake, a few helium balloons, and some baby-themed plates and cups from from Dollar Tree. I tip my hat to party planners out there because now that I’ve done a creative party, wowza, they are a lot of work and require multiple meetings with the other hosts and more money than I’ll admit to anyone.

In December Lindsey had her little monkey. She is adorable and I am smitten. Nothing beats cuddling with a baby. Fortunately she lives 15 minutes from me so I get to snuggle with this adorable little girl multiple times a week.


     
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