I love a good, old window. Who doesn’t?
Actually, I’ll tell you who. My husband HATES them.
But the peeling paint! And the vintage farmhouse nod! And the wonderful trash turned treasure! I have managed to make room for one old window into our home decor, but cleverly disguised as a mirror. I’m sneaky like that.
My mom made this amazing “mirror” from a unique window she salvaged. The process is super easy, and something you should all try for yourselves! You know, if you’re also on the old window bandwagon…
– Old window frame with glass
– Steel wool or extra fine sandpaper
– Painter’s tape
– Black paint
Keep in mind, this project is more for decoration than for everyday use. It’s definitely reflective, but not like your bathroom mirror! If you want a real mirror, head to a glass store and have a piece specially cut for your frame.
1. Clean the back side of your glass using soap and water.
2. Tape around the back side of your glass using painter’s tape and newspaper to keep the over-spray from getting on that beautiful window frame!
3. Spray Krylon Looking Glass® Paint directly on to the BACK of your glass. I can’t say “back” enough. You don’t want to spray this on the front!
4. When dry, use steel wool or extra fine sandpaper to gently distress parts of your glass (to your taste). This will give your “mirror” the looking glass look.
5. After distressing, paint the entire glass black.
Voila! You have a looking glass mirror.
I purchased this vinyl decal in copper on Etsy to add to the front of the mirror. Mostly because the piece was going to reside on our master bedroom mantle, and I wanted a bit more detail. The “Breathe. You’re Home.” message spoke to me, and really made our room feel a bit more relaxing when I was working long days. There are TONS of options when it comes to vinyl lettering, and it’s so easy to apply – you can have your “mirror” say anything you want!
Sound easy enough? I would love to see your old windows! Show me on Facebook how you’ve decorated your home, or any projects you’ve completed using this junk staple!
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