How to turn an old window into a mirror.
Several weeks ago, hubs and I went to a local ReStore looking for some cabinet doors for our kitchen remodel. We didn’t find any doors that day but I did find this old wooden window that I liked for $1.50. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I figured for $1.50, I would take it home and try to use it somewhere.
This week I spent some time rearranging my small entryway to try to gain more room (a never-ending quest). I thought about removing the small chest that sits next to the entryway bench but it’s used for storage and it also holds a lamp, that’s a necessity, so removing it is not an option. Instead I decided to remove the matching mirror and try something different. It won’t give me more room but it will be a different, lighter look.
It’s a beautiful mirror but it’s time for a change so I took it down to the basement and when I saw the empty wall, I knew that I wanted to try out the old window I bought at ReStore.
I didn’t do anything to it, just leaned it against the wall and left it there. After a few weeks, I thought I’d try to fancy it up a bit so I bought some mirror effect spray paint. I’d never used it before and was excited to see how it worked.
The first thing I did was to clean the window really well, making sure it was completely dry. Then I taped off the side that I would be painting. The directions said to spray it standing up but the paint ran down the window so we laid it down. Once the window was prepped we sprayed 5 quick coats, 1 minute apart.
This stuff is potent, so you want to make sure you do this project in a well ventilated area. It didn’t look like much when we were spraying but after it dried, which was in record time, it looked pretty good..kind of antique-y.
It looks hazy and old, like it’s been around a while. You definitely wouldn’t find a mirror like this in the store but I think it fits the age of the window. The next thing I did, because I can’t leave well enough alone, was to paint the frame. Just a quick dry brush followed by some light sanding. I wanted it to look like it has always been that way.
I’m not sure if I like the painted frame better than the natural but I love the mirror. Now I’m trying to figure out what I can mirror paint next.
Have you ever used the mirror paint before?
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