In the continuing saga of “What were they thinking when they did that?” we’ve discovered another interesting construction artifact in our house. Let’s back up a little.
A few days back K announced that she was fed up with the paint in the master bath and that it had to go. “I’m painting the bathroom!” she said with that just-dare-to-defy-me-this-fundamental-right tone.
“Ok” I said.
So yesterday after work she informed me that my responsibilities in this effort were to:
- Remove the toilet tank so she could paint behind it, and
- Remove the mirror so she could paint the edges behind it.
No sweat. So this morning (as I decided to take a day off to spend with the fam), I quickly remove the toilet tank. 
Now time for the mirror…. well, I better remove the light fixture too, I think, otherwise what’s the point. It’s a box style with four individual protruding sconces. There are two screws on top which hold the front panel (and the lights) to the cheezy sheet metal box mounted to the wall. K flips the breaker and I detach it… and the metal box for ultimate painting convenience.
Now for the mirror… it’s simply a rectangular piece of silvered glass with two metal supports on the bottom and two plastic supports on top. Turn the two plastic supports, tip the glass away from the wall and I’m golden. K helps spot me through the door as it’s surprisingly disorienting to be looking into a mirror as you maneuver through a confined space.
We walk back in the room and… there is another random hole in the wall behind the mirror. Wha?!