You have a brick fireplace. You want to hang something heavy on it. Probably a mirror, to bounce a little light around the room. No problem (and good idea, by the way, I'm sure it will look fabulous). There is obviously more than one way to do this (and always default to professionals) but here's how we hung the super heavy duty mirror we stenciled and framed.
- Drill bit (for wood)
- Masonry bit (some masonry screw brands sell the bit in the package)
- Masonry screws
- Wood screws
- Masking tape
Get to it:
1. We measured where we wanted the mirror hung, choosing two anchor points (for more strength) in the mortar between the bricks.
2. We taped off the length of the screw on the drill bit, so we knew what depth to make the hole (this is the "poor man's depth gauge").
|Masking tape works well, because it doesn't leave a sticky residue on the bit.|
3. Using a masonry drill bit that came with our masonry screws, we drilled holes into the mortar, stopping when we reached our poor man's depth gauge. Handy Hubs kept the drill as straight as possible, so as not to enlarge the hole.
Step number three made a huge mess.
4. Finally, we drove in the masonry screws, making sure they hugged the brick as tightly as possible, so they are nice and secure.
Easy-peasy. Next we tackled the back of the mirror.
1. We picked up some heavy duty hangers from our local hardware store and screwed them into the wood the mirror is mounted to, using wood screws. We pre-drilled these holes too, to ensure a tighter fit (pre-drilling also keeps the wood from splitting).
2. Using heavy duty picture hanging wire (this stuff is weight-rated), we tightly strung it from the hangers, actually triple-stranding it to make it extra tough. We also kept quite a long tail, wrapping it back onto itself.
And that's it! I was really stressed about hanging something really heavy on the brick (I pictured the whole fireplace crumbling or hearing a crash*bang and finding bits of shiny Hungarian poem everywhere), but Hubs knew what he was doing! Knock on wood, six months later the mirror is still perfectly vertical.
P.S. I know I promised details on hanging the mirror back in the summer, when I stenciled the Hungarian poem on the mirror, which Handy Hubby and I then made a frame for. I feel terrible because readers asked for details ages ago and, although I answered Q's via email, this post is a little belated (I was distracted). But I wanted to make good on a promise before the year ends. In case there's an apocalypse and there's no more Dans le Townhouse, I don't want your first post apocalyptic thoughts to be, "You know, that Tanya promised a post on hanging that kick ass mirror and never delivered. Hope she gets eaten by wildebeesties".