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Assemble a space-saving hall tree and mirror combination, and you have a hallway accent that's practical and inexpensive.
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Using a level, tape measure, and straightedge, mark a wall area 84 inches up from the floor and 26 inches wide (Hall Tree and Mirror Project Layout). Mask off the area with painter's tape and mask the baseboard at the bottom.
We designed this project around a 16-in x 58-in mirror (#26068), but you can adjust the dimensions to suit a long mirror you already own. A wider mirror, however, will not accommodate the shelf and hooks.
Using a roller, paint the wall area between the tape strips (Valspar Signature Fall Leaf shown). Add a second coat as needed and paint the shelf and optional wood trim. Carefully remove the tape after the paint dries.
Place a level against the painted wall 16 inches above the floor and measure in 9 inches from both edges of the painted area. Mark the locations and install wall anchors to attach the two bottom mirror clips. Install the clips and use them to help support the mirror while a helper holds the top end in place. On both sides, mark mirror clip locations 5 inches from the top and bottom and the rest 16 inches apart. Then mark locations for the two top clips 4 inches from the mirror corners. Remove the mirror.
Install the side and top clip wall anchors as needed. Place the mirror in the bottom clips, add the side clips and two top clips.
Cut 45-degree miters on the ends of the vertical pine trim that will be centered over the painted edges. Use a level to install the vertical pieces using 4d trim nails. Then measure between the strips, miter-cut the top piece to length, and nail it in place. Use a nail set to sink the nail heads beneath the surface, cover the holes with putty, and touch up the paint.
If you plan to include the hook bar, mark mounting screw hole locations so the tops of the hooks are 37 inches above the floor. (You aren't using the intended screw holes which are covered by the mirror -- instead, you'll use screws and washers in the end loops in the horizontal piece.) Add wall anchors as needed.
Measure 40 inches above the floor and hold the shelf mounting bracket level while you mark the mounting screw locations. Add wall anchors as needed and carefully attach the shelf bracket to the wall. Don't overtighten the shelf bracket screws and crack the mirror.
Using the holes in the back of the shelf, slide it against the mirror.