How to Hang a Frameless Mirror on the Wall

Although frameless mirrors are usually installed in bathrooms, they can also be incorporated throughout your home for a sleek look that will match any type of decor. While framed mirrors can be hung in the same way as picture frames, you’ll use a different set of approaches to hang a frameless mirror. One option is to use mirror clips; another is to glue the mirror to the wall with a special adhesive.

EditMounting with Clips
Mark the spot on the wall where you want the mirror to hang. Place the mirror against the wall in your desired position. Using a pencil, mark around the top and bottom corners. Take the mirror off the wall and place out of the way.[1]
This step will be easier with the help of another person who can hold the mirror in place while you make the markings.[2]
Clips are best for small frameless mirrors. If you are hanging a large mirror, use J-channels or Z-clips in place of regular clips, which can support more weight.[3]

Use a level to make sure the mirror will hang straight. Based on the corner markings you made, use a spirit level to draw straight lines across the wall where the top and the bottom edges of the mirror will go.
To use a spirit level, look at the bubble in the tube. If it is equally spaced between the two black center lines, then your edge is straight. If it slides off to one side, adjust the angle of the level until the bubble sits in the center.[4]

Double check that the wall is flat. Clipping a mirror too tightly against a bumpy wall can cause it to shatter. To locate bumps, slide a straight-edged board that is longer than the mirror itself over the wall. A yardstick is a good option, but if that’s too short, try a straight piece of x lumber. It will rock back and forth over a bump. Mark these spots with a pencil and sand them down.[5]
Power sanders are the simplest and quickest method.

You can also use sandpaper wrapped around a wood block.

Locate and mark the studs in the wall. Studs are the evenly-spaced wooden support beams that can be found behind most interior walls in homes. Slide an automatic stud finder along the wall to find the studs. With a pencil, mark the outside edges of each stud in the area where you plan to hang the mirror.[6]
If you don’t have a stud finder, you can approximate the location of the studs by tapping on the wall. Taps between studs will sound more hollow, while taps over studs will sound more solid.[7]
If the mirror is positioned so it falls squarely in between studs, consider shifting its location so at least one clip can be screwed into a stud.

Mark where you plan to install the bottom mirror clips. Depending on the width of your mirror and the number of clips you have, space them out evenly. The mirror manufacturer may have recommendations about how to position the clips most effectively. Using a pencil, make a dot where the screw will go for each clip.
Make sure to align the bottom edge of the clip with the line you drew marking the bottom edge of the mirror. The markings for the pilot holes will fall to above the line, depending on the size of the clips.

Drill pilot holes and install the bottom clips on the wall. Using a power drill, drill holes in the locations you marked. If any of the pilot holes do not fall on top of a stud, tap in a plastic wall anchor with a hammer until it is flush with the wall. Place a clip over each pilot hole and screw it into the wall with a screwdriver or drill.[8]
Make sure you’re using the right clips. Bottom clips are typically made up of a single U-shaped piece of material, while top clips are composed of two L-shaped pieces.

Mark where you plan to screw in the top clips. Using a spirit level, draw a line vertically upwards from each bottom clip until it intersects with the line for the top edge of the mirror. Line the top edge of the top clip up with this point. Mark where the pilot hole should be drilled.[9]
Similar to the bottom clips, the pilot holes should fall to below the top line.

Drill the pilot holes and screw the top clip brackets into place. If any of the holes are not positioned over a stud, insert wall anchors into the drywall until their lips are flush with the drywall. Unscrew the two parts of the top clip. The larger piece is the bracket—screw each of these into place on the wall.[10]

Screw on the rest of the top clips to secure the mirror against the wall. Slide the mirror into the bottom clips. Carefully, tilt the mirror back so it rests flush against the wall. Fit the other pieces of the top clips into the top brackets and screw them together just enough to firmly hold the mirror in place.[11]

EditAttaching with Adhesive
Mark where you want the mirror to hang using a pencil. Hold the mirror against the wall in your desired position and mark the top and bottom corners using a pencil. Use a level to ensure that the mirror will not hang crooked. Parallel to the lines you’ve drawn but about inside, stick 4 pieces of painter’s tape to the wall.[12]
The painter’s tape marks the area where the mirror will be glued to the wall.

Keep in mind that adhesive is a more permanent solution. It will damage your wall and likely your mirror if you try to remove it once it has been glued on.[13]

Mark the area where the mirror will be glued to the wall with painter’s tape.

Prime the area for adhesive. Many household paints contain additives that make it easier to clean but harder for adhesives to attach and form a strong bond. Sand away the paint until you get down to the drywall. Wipe off any dust. Then, coat the sanded area with a primer and let dry.[14]

Install a temporary wooden brace to support the mirror’s bottom edge. Remove the painter’s tape from the wall. Drill a piece of plywood into the wall so that its top is flush with the marked bottom edge of the mirror.[15]
If you’re installing the mirror in the bathroom, you can often use the countertop backsplash as a bottom support rather than installing a temporary brace.[16]

Apply the adhesive to the back of the mirror. You’ll need a high-grade adhesive known as mastic, which is often used in construction. The manufacturer will recommend the ideal pattern for application. Make sure to keep the mastic at least from the edge to prevent it from squeezing out when you press it against the wall.[17]
Make sure you are using a type of mastic that is specifically intended for mounting mirrors. Using another kind could damage the silver coating on the back of the mirror.[18]

Stick the mirror firmly to the wall. Rest one corner of the mirror on the support and keep the other slightly lifted. Press it against the wall. As the mastic comes into contact with the wall, allow the lifted corner to slide back down and rest against the support, spreading the glue across the wall surface. Use a clean paint roller to press the mirror firmly into the wall.[19]
For additional security, stick pieces of painter’s tape to the top corners of the mirror until the glue dries fully.

Allow the mastic to dry for about 24 hours.[20]

Remove the wooden brace and repair any holes. Once the mastic has dried completely, use a drill to unscrew the wooden brace from the wall. Using a putty knife, spread spackling across any holes left over from drilling the brace into the wall. Sand the spackling smooth and paint over it with a color that matches the wall’s existing paint. Peel off any leftover painter’s tape.
Make sure to check your local building codes. Some areas may require clips in addition to adhesive when mounting mirrors.[21]

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Today in History for 19th March 2019

Historical Events

1918 – US Congress authorizes time zones and approves daylight saving time
1940 – Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
1971 – Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
1984 – STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
1987 – American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn
2003 – Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

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Famous Birthdays

1742 – Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
1865 – William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist, myrmecologist, pioneer in ethology (d. 1937)
1913 – William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
1948 – Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70’s and 80’s)
1968 – Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1969 – Connor Trinneer, American actor

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Famous Deaths

1717 – John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
1796 – Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
1850 – Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer, dies at 87
1979 – Albert “Al” Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
1987 – Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
1990 – Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)

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How to Wear a Black Leather Jacket

Black leather jackets are a timelessly cool fashion statement. Wearing one can instantly transform your outfit, making any ensemble feel more edgy. It might be intimidating to wear a leather jacket for the first time, but they are surprisingly very versatile and easy to dress up or down. A black leather jacket is a classic statement piece that belongs in every closet!

EditFinding the Right Jacket
Identify your price range. A high-end leather jacket can be quite expensive, with some experts even saying that you should not buy a leather jacket that costs less than $500.[1] There are options like faux and vegan leather that provide the same look without costing as much, with some attractive alternatives under $100. [2]

Determine the best type of leather for you. Most leather jackets are fashion pieces, though leather can also be thick and wind resistant. While leather made from cows can be stiffer and firmer, fashion leather is often made of lamb or sheep skin and thus is more delicate. [3]
You may decide to opt for faux leather or vegan leather for either cost or ethical reasons.

Decide on decorative features. Some leather jackets have decorative features, like studs or fur collars. While these accents can make your jacket unique, it might also limit what you are able to wear it with. [4]

Select the right size. Many people like their leather jacket to fit more snug. If you want to pair your jacket with a sleek outfits, some experts even suggest selecting a jacket that is a size smaller than what you normally wear.
If you want to layer bulkier items under your jacket, make sure that your jacket is a big enough to do so comfortably. [5]
It is important for your jacket to fit well around your arms and shoulders, so it should look trim and fitted but not so tight that it restricts your movement.[6]
If you buy real leather, you might want to buy a more snug fit since leather can stretch over time.[7]

EditWearing Your Jacket Casually
Pair it with jeans to liven up your everyday wardrobe. This is an iconic look, and is a go-to if you want to look both stylish and casual. This really is a timeless template for an outfit, because you could pair it with ripped jeans and look more punk rock and androgynous, but with jewelry and a purse it can look more feminine.
Wear it with a t-shirt and a looser style of pants like boyfriend jeans if you want to look extra casual. [8]
Pair your jacket with skinny jeans, a tight t-shirt, and tennis shoes for a cute everyday outfit.

Wear your jacket with combat boots for a punk rock look. Many people wear leather jackets because they want an edgy, punk look. Combat boots and a leather jacket are a great way to convey a rebellious but stylish attitude. [9]

Layer it with a hoodie to give your casual style a rebellious vibe. Because leather jackets are not the best cold weather choice, layering your jacket can make your jacket warmer on those cool fall days. It is also a great casual outfit to wear if you are running errands or catching lunch with a friend. [10]
When also paired with combat boots and a band t-shirt this can be a very punk rock look.

Drape it over your shoulders as a statement piece. A draped leather jacket is an equally casual alternative to layering. This look is great for warmer days where you still want your jacket as an accessory piece. It is a great out-and-about option. [11]
If you’re draping your jacket over your shoulders, it is best paired a tighter layer like a t-shirt or a tank top. Anything bigger would make the jacket look bulky.

Dress up your leisure wear. Pairing a leather jacket with leggings and tennis shoes is a great way to dress up your casual wear. While you might be skeptical about wearing your exercise attire to lunch, throwing a leather jacket over the ensemble makes it much hipper. [12]

EditDressing Your Jacket Up
Put it over a dress or skirt to make your going-out style more chic. A black leather jacket can make a feminine outfit feel more edgy, or it can soften your jacket. Because a leather jacket is classically stylish, it does not make the ensemble feel too casual when paired with the right accessories. [13]
Different types of skirts will give your outfit a different vibe. A pencil skirt is more sleek, while a leather jacket with a short pleated skirt can make you look alternative and cute.

Wear it with brightly colored pants to look bold. Black leather jackets are such a classic closet item, so it is unexpectedly cool to make your leather jacket more subtle by wearing it alongside a loud statement piece. You can find a patterned pair, or just opt for a bright color. [14]

Wear it to work to modernize your business attire. While a leather jacket might not fit in every work environment, it can be incorporated into a casual or business casual wardrobe. It is a great way to look professional while remaining modern and chic. [15]
A good work option would be a leather jacket over a button-down shirt and pencil skirt.

A close-fitting leather jacket can look like a blazer, and would be a great work option over a cute blouse. [16]

Pair it with high heels to look glamorous and sexy. A pair of heels can totally change the dynamic of your outfit, and this is no exception with a leather jacket. [17]
Wearing a black leather jacket with a silk blouse, skinny jeans, and stilettos is a great option for when you want to look dressed up but do not want to wear a skirt or dress.

If you want to look hip and dressy, opt for chunky heeled sandals, a black leather jacket, and a cute mid-length dress. [18]
When paired with a short skirt and very tall heeled boots your leather jacket will give off a sexy vibe.

EditAccessorizing Your Jacket
Leave it on under a wool coat for a sophisticated look. When you want to wear your leather jacket on a cooler day, you can opt to layer with with a coat. Under the right wool or pea coat, your jacket will look like part of a well-crafted outfit and not a functional choice. [19]

Put on some red lipstick to look edgy and classic. Red lipstick and black leather jackets are both classic outfit staples. Pairing both of these together can give your leather jacket a softer and more feminine feel. [20]
This style can look very alternative when you wear a black leather jacket, jeans, and tennis shoes.

Drape a scarf over it for both style and warmth. While your black leather jacket might often feel like the statement piece of your outfit, with the right scarf you can give your jacket a pop of color. It might also serve a functional purpose in brisk fall weather. [21]

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