Turn an Old Window into a Mirror

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. I haven’t been around much this week so I want to get right to the good stuff.

Several weeks ago, hubs and I went to a local ReStore looking for some cabinet doors for our kitchen reno. 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. You can check out my shopping haul here.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThis 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.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comIt’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.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comI didn’t do anything to it, just leaned it against the wall and left it. After a few weeks, I thought I’d try to fancy it up a bit and I bought some Rust-Oleum mirror effect spray paint. I’d never used it before and was excited to see how it worked. #alwaysexperimenting

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThe 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 and sprayed 5 quick coats, 1 minute apart.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comOld Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comThis 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.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.com Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comIt 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.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.comI’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.

Old Window Turned Mirror | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Have you ever used the mirror paint before?

I hope you have a great weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. Friday,May 8, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I had never heard of mirror spray paint, I must try this out.

    • Kristi
      Friday,May 8, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Yes, you must Debbie. 😉 It was so fun to use. I’m trying to figure out how I can use it again.

      Have a good weekend!

  2. MaryJean
    Friday,May 8, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    That is really cool! Do you have any ideas of how I can make, it’s kind of hard to explain . . . well, I bought 2 mirrored frames that look like window, but have a mirrors in them. They have the crossbars to look like separate panes. Only thing is they are to be used inside the house. The frames are wood and the mirror backing has just a sheet of brown paper over it. I want to make it waterproof. I know the wood is painted so I’m not worried about that, but the backing has got me worried and I don’t know how well the mirror will hold up outside either. I’m thinking of taking the mirror out and just have glass. Oh and I want to hang them on the side of my shed to look like windows (which I don’t have any windows). Got any ideas? 😉

    • Kristi
      Friday,May 8, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Hmmm, maybe you could email a few pics MJ.

  3. Friday,May 8, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    That’s amazing. I have never seen paint like that before. It looks like a real mirror, that is truly a feat from a can! 😉

    • Kristi
      Friday,May 8, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      I know…right? I couldn’t believe it. I hate to admit it but I had fun watching it turn from paint to a mirror. 😉

  4. Shirlee
    Saturday,May 9, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    I love the transformation from window to mirror. I’ve read about the paint before but never tried it. Good to know that you give it a positive review. So you have to spray the back side of the glass? I wonder what would happen if you sprayed a glass vase or some other glass object. Glass plates might look cool, especially with a candle sitting on top. The reflection would be really pretty.
    Also, I like how you styled the top of the dresser. That driftwood orb thingy is cool!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! I hope you have an enjoyable day. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 11, 2015 / 5:11 am

      Thanks Shirlee. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I’m really happy with the results. Glass plates would look cool. If you ever give it a try, I would love to know what you think and see your results.

      I change the top of that dresser at least once a week. It’s my puttering spot where I try all different things…drives my husband crazy. 😉

      I had a good Mother’s Day, despite our awful weather. I hope yours was good as well. Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a great week!

  5. Sunday,May 10, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I have yet to try this!…The window turned mirror looks great!….So glad you had great results.

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 11, 2015 / 12:38 am

      It was a fun project Shirley and I was surprised by how well it came out.

      Hope you have a great week.

  6. Monday,May 11, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Well, you’ve given me the green light to use mirror paint. It looks great! I love what you did to the frame too!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 12, 2015 / 12:28 am

      Thanks Cristina! I was surprised by how well it worked and would totally recommend it.

  7. Kim
    Monday,May 11, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Your mirror turned out great! I like the painted frame, too. I love the look of old mirrors, so your technique would be perfect for me. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 12, 2015 / 12:31 am

      Thanks Kim. It definitely looks like an old mirror so if that’s the look your going for, you’ll love it. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 12, 2015 / 11:42 pm

      Thanks Giedre. Mirrors are great for decorating, don’t you think?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 12, 2015 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Pamela!

  8. Tuesday,May 12, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    This looks fantastic! I never heard of this paint. Does it work on other surfaces? I love your ideas, I just found your blog!

    Jane x

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 13, 2015 / 2:05 am

      Thank you so much Jane and welcome! So glad that you found me. I think others have used this on wood and it works great on glass. I love the results.

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