As busy professionals or full-time students, it becomes a perpetual struggle to find the time to keep up with dance or rehearsing on your own, especially since the cheapest available dance studio may be far away. Having your own small mirrored space where you can rehearse and choreograph cuts down on your expenditures, saves commute time, and also encourages you to practice more by virtue of ease of access.
This article is a part of a series of how I build my personal dance studio in my own home for about 120 dollars, with absolutely no experience in home improvement.
You've found some good mirrors and the preparation for mounting your mirrors is done. Now all that's left is the most satisfying part: Affixing the mirrors onto the wall. Follow the below directions, and you'll have your very own home dance studio, saving you time and money whenever you want to rehearse, choreograph, or session.
Try Liquid Nails for mounting mirrors in your home dance studio
Cut open the tip of a tube of Liquid Nails, load it into the caulk gun, and draw 3/8th inch diameter beads on the back of the cleaned mirror. Each bead should be about 6 inches apart from the next, and draw the beads at least 6 inches away from the edge. For me, I used about one and a half tubes for each of my large mirrors. Once you apply the Liquid Nails, you'll have 15 minutes to start mounting the mirror before it starts to dry.
Ok here we go: grab a muscular friend (or two average sized friends) and lift the mirror. You're going to rest the mirror on top of the spacer wood that I described previously. Slowly lean the mirror against the wall until it sits flush. You'll want to push the mirror into the wall, because the Liquid Nails tends to be pretty viscous. I devised the below bizarre setup to keep pressure against the mirrors so it stays against the wall. Essentially, I'm using chairs resting on non-slip bathmats, with heavy weights to apply a consistent pushing pressure against the mirrors.
If you are attaching multiple small mirrors using Liquid Nails, strips of duct tape holding the mirror against the wall will suffice to keep the mirrors in place. Duct tape to hold up heavy mirrors is generally not advised, so attempt this at your own risk.
It will take about 24 hours against the wall to dry, but another 24 hours to completely set. I left my studio in this under-construction configuration for about 72 hours, just to be safe.
Initially, I planned to remove the wooden spacers a week after the mirror glue has fully set. The negative reviews I read about this product indicate that the biggest weakness of Liquid Nails is that the glued object tends to slide downwards (More likely than not, the users failed to completely follow the directions.) Regardless of the strength of the mirror glue, I opted to keep the spacer wood in place permanently.
I left a permanent marker near the wood, and over time, friends started signing the wood. Obviously, you could always decorate it - Paint it a single light color so friends can sign it, graf it, add a layer of chalkboard paint and leave some chalk nearby - get creative with it!