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  • The next project in our bath remodel is perfect for the novice DIYerinstalling a new vanity

  • mirror and a new light to go above.

  • Now let's talk about mirrors first. There are several different kinds

  • like surface mount mirrors, surface mount medicine cabinets, and recessed medicine cabinets.

  • It's easiest to replace your old mirror with the same kind. So now let's talk about how

  • to remove each type.

  • Oh, and a word on safety. Glass breaks very easily, so you want to wear safety glasses

  • and wear gloves, and make sure you have someone help move it.

  • Now, a surface mount mirror can either be screwed or glued to the wall. If it's screwed

  • on it's simple to take off.

  • It's a little harder to remove a glued on surface mount mirror.

  • First put some packing tape on the face of the mirror in case it cracks. Tap some shims

  • between the mirror and the wall. Make them snug, but don't force them.

  • Then, starting at the top, put a shim against the wall and gently work a pry bar behind

  • the mirror, pulling it away a little at a time. You want the drywall paper to tear.

  • Have someone hold the top and work your way to the bottom. When the mirror is free, carefully

  • set it aside. Then repair the drywall and paint.

  • Next, taking out a surface mount cabinet is simple since it's just screwed to the wall.

  • Just remove the shelves and back out the screws. The cabinet comes right down.

  • Finally, recessed cabinets. That's what we had before we redid these walls.

  • It was pretty easy to take out. First, we got the shelves out of the way. Then we removed

  • the screws and just pulled the cabinet out of the wall.

  • All right. Once your mirror is gone, you can take out the lights.

  • First, we turned off the power in the bathroom. And don't forget, with the power off you'll

  • need light, so it helps to have a work light powered from another part of the house.

  • OK, the next step was to remove the bulbs. Then we removed the shades.

  • Next we unscrewed and pulled the fixture out a little. If your house wires are all the

  • same color, mark how they're connected to the old fixture. Then disconnect.

  • OK. Now it's time to install the new mirror. Whatever mirror you choose, the first thing

  • to do is figure out where you want it.

  • Make sure it's centered above the faucet and below the light fixture at a comfortable height.

  • Then mark the wall.

  • If you're considering a surface mount mirror, most of them now-a-days come with a mounting

  • hardware kit. Just follow the directions that come with yours.

  • We're installing a surface mount cabinet. We simply hold the cabinet in placeleveland

  • mark the mounting holes. Then we set the cabinet aside and drill pilot

  • holes. Always use the right wall anchors if you don't hit a stud.

  • Then we just hold the cabinet in place, and drive in the screws. Cap the screws and add

  • the shelves. Done.

  • As for recessed medicine cabinets you can get one that will fit into the existing hole

  • in the wall. But if you get a larger one or don't already have a recess in the wall, just

  • follow the cabinet's directions for mounting in your wall type. Usually it's just a matter

  • of cutting a stud and framing the recess.

  • And we're ready to hang our new light. We're moving the light from the sides to the top

  • of the mirror and we had an electrician relocate our wiring.

  • So once again, you'll want to make sure the power is off.

  • Pull your house wires through the fixture's mounting plate, and secure it to the box.

  • Next, use wire nuts to connect the house wires to the fixture:

  • ground to ground, neutral white to neutral white, and hot black to hot black.

  • Carefully tuck the wires into the box. Position the fixture base over the mounting

  • plate and attach with the nuts. Then place the shades and the collar nuts.

  • Add the bulbs and turn on the power.

  • These lights and mirrored medicine cabinet look fabulous, and they make the vanity the

  • centerpiece of this bathroom. For more on this bath series, and other project

  • videos, go to

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How To Install a Bathroom Vanity Mirror & Light

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    nckuba posted on 2014/04/06
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