Mirrors are a great wardrobe accessory and can make your wardrobe pop. But, sometimes you no longer need the mirror, and it has got to go!
To remove a mirror from a wardrobe door, there are a few different ways to do so. They include prying up the mirror away from a wardrobe door, using a wire or a heat gun. These methods are simple, straightforward, fast, and they can all be done by one person.
This post will teach you how to remove the mirror from your wardrobe door with three easy methods. Keep reading to learn how to walk through these methods and remove a mirror from a wardrobe door.
Remove a Wardrobe Door Mirror
To remove a wardrobe mirror, you have three main options, and they all start with the same few steps. This project can also be done with one person.
Before you remove the mirror from the wardrobe door, you may want to consider what the final product will look like.
Generally, these wardrobe mirrors are attached to the doors with glue, and the glue can be time-consuming to scrape off. If this is not part of a project you want to undertake, you can always hire someone to do the work for you.
First, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need all the following items:
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Once you have all your supplies, remove the wardrobe door that has the mirror you want to take off from its hinges.
It is easiest to work on the wardrobe door mirror with the door lying flat. This allows you better control over the removal process. And you are much less likely to end up with a mirror crashing down after it has been removed.
Finally, make sure you are wearing the proper safety gear. To keep yourself safe, you should be wearing:
Using a Wire to Remove the Wardrobe Mirror
The wardrobe mirror can be removed from the wardrobe door using a wire. This method can be quite simple if you have all the tools you need.
The following is a list of tools you will need to use the wire mirror removal method:
Use the following list of steps for removal of a wardrobe mirror using a wire:
- Measure out enough wire so that it spans across the wardrobe door
- Wrap each end of the wire around a screw or nailhead. These screws or nails will act as your handles. You can also substitute short wooden or metal dowels if you have them on hand.
- Pull the wire taut and slide it between the back of the mirror and the wardrobe door.
- Pull firmly on both sides, with enough force, and slowly saw back and forth down the length of the mirror. It should be such that the mirror will release from wardrobe doors as you move down the length of the door.
- If it doesn’t come free easily, repeat the steps above or try another method below.
The wire method, once again, is simple and only requires a few tools, but you may not have these readily available in your home. If that is the case and you do not want to go out and buy supplies, let us try a different approach.
Using A Pry Bar To Remove the Mirror From A Wardrobe
The second method we want to discuss with you is removing your mirror from the wardrobe door using a pry bar or hammer. This is another simple method to use if you have the necessary tools at home.
For this method, you will need a hammer or pry bar and shims. And there are three simple steps to using this method:
- First, tape the face of the mirror so in case it cracks or breaks, the shards do not go all over the place. Taping in an “x” or star pattern will keep any breakage relatively contained.
- Next, insert the shims with even spacing between the mirror and the wardrobe door.
- Carefully insert the hammer tail or pry bar in between the mirror and the door. The shims should have made a wide enough gap to easily insert the pry bar.
- Slowly make your way around the mirror, prying up the edges. This step requires the most patience in the entire process.
If you rush, you are likely to break the mirror. If the mirror is not of concern to you and you are not interested in repurposing it, breaking it will not be an issue. However, keep in mind that a broken mirror will have plenty more sharp edges to cut yourself on than an intact mirror.
Using a Heat Gun to Remove the Wardrobe Door Mirror
The third method you can use to remove the mirror from your wardrobe door is by using a heat gun. In this case, you can easily swap out a professional heat gun for a hairdryer, but the process might take a bit longer.
Almost everyone has a hairdryer in their household, so this is the cheapest method to use.
Again you want to start with taping the mirror in case any accidents happen.
Once the mirror is securely taped, you will aim the heat gun along the edges of the mirror. You will slowly work your way into the center of the mirror. It may be helpful to have a flathead screwdriver or putty knife to shimmy between the mirror and the door.
This process can be quite slow, depending on the grade of the glue. It requires patience, but it is one of the surefire ways to keep your mirror intact and without any damage.
More on removing mirrors glued on wood here.
In Summary: Remove A Wardrobe Door Mirror in 3 Ways
There are many wardrobe doors with mirrors attached to them. And you may want to remove the mirror at some point. Keep in mind if you don’t do the removal process properly, then glue residue will remain, which looks hideous. But the methods described above are perfect for any do-it-yourself person to handle.
If you are unable to remove the mirror from the wardrobe door using any of these methods, then it may require professional assistance, and your wardrobe should be checked for damage.