Need a solution PDQ for this - SWMBO bought a round mirror from Ikea that is
supposed to be mounted on the wall via 4 spring loaded clips - they screw to
the wall and clip round the edge of the mirror.
All good so far - except it is destined for a wall I have just put wall
paper on (oh how I hate that job) and now I've got to drill 4 big holes in
There is a picture rail, so what I want are clever ways to somehow hang the
mirror from the picture rail. The mirror is round, has no frame / backing
etc that I can connect anything on to. What would the group suggest?
** My deadline is 21.00 tonight - no solution - out with the drill! **
Screw the mirror to a circle of plywood, or screw it to 2 battens,
then fix the battens to the wall with a chain and picture rail hook ?
Or fix string to the clips and hang straight off them ?
Some photos of the clips would be useful.
It all depends how good you want the finished result to look.
All in all, drilling holes may be the easiest answer ! Two holes for
the top 2 clips may be enough.
Wedge some fabric or polythene between the mirror and the clips, and
hang from the fabric ?
fix some foam-adhesive pads to the back of the mirror and hang off
If the clips are the same as the one in my (newly tiled) bathroom I used
chrome picture hanging wires, bent small hooks which went through the screw
hole in the bottom clips, then threaded the wire through the top clips from
front to back. Fitted the clips round the mirror and, with fine nosed pliers
bent a dog-leg to hold the top clip in place. (It's obvious when you see
them in place) I then hung the mirror on the wires (from a false ceiling
Option 2 would be fix the mirror to, say, marine plywood, with the clips,
then fix the hanging wires to the backing.
It sounds like you need the sort of thing that's used to hang up
decorative plates and which gives experts on the Antiques Roadshow the
screaming abdabs! Assuming you can't get such a beast big enough or
within the deadline, Could you screw the spring clips to a wood or
metal X and suspend that?
(a) carefully cut an X in the wallpaper and peel back the corners to
reveal space for the holes. The corners can be repasted over the filled
holes and if done carefully should be fairly inconspicuous
(b) have an 'accident' with the power drill flex and smash the mirror.
Promise to buy wife another (which you will choose to be chain
hangable). Take wife out to nice restaurant to make up for it. If you
say sorry like you mean it enough you might even end up with a rather
better evening than drilling the wall.
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