It should have been a quick, simple process to hang the mirror somewhere else, but there were some obstacles:
1. There were no empty walls in the closet on which to hang the mirror, and the closet has a pocket door, so the mirror couldn't be mounted there. I also didn't want the mirror on a visible wall in the bathroom.
2. The back of the bathroom door would be a good location as far as the mirror being hidden, but the door panel isn't flat and therefore we couldn't use the normal mirror hanging hardware.
3. I procrastinate when the solution is not simple.
I looooove the doors in our house. We built a custom Craftsman bungalow home, and I insisted on having authentic, solid-wood doors like Craftsman homes built in the 1920s would have. Our builder didn't even know where to find them, but I tracked them down online and special ordered them from a small company several hours away. He was worried because he didn't know anything about the company's quality, and apparently door hanging can be tricky business. But the doors wowed him on the construction front, and wowed me on the design front.
The only negative about the doors? The three recessed panels (1 square on top and two vertical rectangles on bottom) are where mirror hanging hardware should go. Not only would a nail punch through to the other side of the door, but the mirror would only touch the door in the recesses.
Finally I read last week about someone using the 3M mounting strips to hang artwork in her house, rather than nails, and I had a eureka moment. As long as I could mount the strips down the middle and across, the rest of the mirror could hang free. It was a little risky because the mounting strips would not be spread all around the back of the mirror, but I decided to do it.
I also used a different mirror, one that's beveled and without a frame, because it looks better than the one with the unfinished cheapy-looking frame. (Not that everyone is peeking at the mirror on the back side of the mirror in my master bathroom. But when I actually get around to doing something, I like to do it right. Well, except cleaning the handprints and streaks off the mirror before taking a photo. Oops.)
Okay, this may be the lamest blog post ever. But I was excited to finally have this project off my list after three years, and I'm even happier about finally being able to return 5 different sets of hanging hardware that I didn't think would work but kept around, lying out in my bedroom, as a reminder to figure out what to do about hanging the mirror.
So there. I accomplished something. Yay me.