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Remove a Bathroom Mirror

Before remodeling a bathroom and adding a new vanity mirror, you have to get rid of the old one. Here's how to remove a glued-on mirror quickly and safely.

 Old vanity mirror to be replaced

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Accidentally dropping or shattering a mirror while removing it from the wall can lead to severe cuts from broken glass. Always wear gloves and eye protection and work with at least one helper when prying a mirror loose and carrying it to a safe location outside the bathroom.

Pry Off the Old Mirror

Step 1

Tape mirror

Cover the mirror with heavy-duty packing tape as a precaution against the glass cracking or shattering.

Step 2

Insert wooden shims in any gaps between the mirror and the wall. Tap them snug, but avoid forcing them beneath the glass.

Step 3

Begin prying off the old mirror

With another shim beneath your pry bar to protect the wall, gently begin working the bar behind the glass. Maintain a steady pressure and listen for the drywall paper tearing loose from the wall. Gently work along the top and sides of the mirror, releasing a little bit at a time.

Step 4

Tilt the mirror away from the wall

As you near the bottom of the mirror, support it at the top to prevent the whole thing from popping free of the wall and falling.

Step 5

Once loose, carefully carry it away from the bathroom. If you plan to reuse the mirror, protect it from accidental damage.

Repair the Drywall

Step 1

Score drywall paper around the damage

Scrape away any adhesive residue on the drywall using a putty knife. With a utility knife, score a circle only through the drywall paper around the damaged area and peel off loose drywall paper within the circle. This eliminates any leftover adhesive and paper that might have pulled loose from the gypsum underneath. Also, it helps the completed patch blend with the surrounding area.

Step 2

Sand damaged drywall

Sand around the scored area. Quickly brush on a light coat of primer over the damage, let dry, and sand smooth. (Avoid saturating the area over the exposed gypsum.)

Step 3

Apply spackle over wall damage

Apply several thin layers of spackling compound with a 6-in drywall taping knife, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. Sand the patched area smooth with the surrounding wall and apply a coat of primer to the patch. Now you're ready to paint the patched area and the rest of the wall.