Old Window Pane Turned Antique Mirror

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Turn an old window pane into a piece of art with this DIY Window Pane Mirror tutorial!

Do you ever look at all of the amazing DIY post on Pinterest and think, oh I can do that?! I do that all the time.  I’ve had this old window pane for over a year, my husband stole it…I mean got it out of someones trash pile at a house being gutted. So, finders keepers right?

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, but then I saw this Pottery Barn Window Mirror and figured I could turn the old window into something like that. I was definitely not spending $228 on a mirror!

:::So here is what I did:::

Old Window Pane Turned Antique Mirror

What you will need

An old window

Sandpaper

Paint $6-10

Mirror Spray Paint from Hobby Lobby ($11.99 but I used a 40% coupon that you can get off of the internet by googling, Hobby Lobby Coupon)

Old Window DIY into Mirror | Satisfaction Through Christ

Start by cleaning off the old window, mine still had cobwebs on it and lots of dirt, so give it a good rinse and scrub.

how to prepare an old window for a do it yourself makeover project | Satisfaction Through Christ

Once its dry, start sanding off the old paint to get it ready for the new color you are putting on it.

Once the window is cleaned to your desire tape up the windows so whatever color you paint it doesn’t get on the glass.

do it yourself old window pane into decorative antiqued mirror | Satisfaction Through Christ

I didn’t want to leave the white paint on the window but I didn’t feel like scraping anymore, soooo yeah, I left a little bit on there. It adds character right?

I chose to paint the window a metallic champagne gold color, from Rust-oleum, I used spray paint so it would less mess, faster, and easier.

spray painting an old window to create a decorative mirror | Satisfaction Through Christ

After 4 coats of spray paint. You can barely see the white paint I left on it, woohooooo!

Then, after it dries turn the window over and begin spraying on the mirror.

glass look spray paint for old window DIY project | Satisfaction Through Christ

It took me about 5-6 coats of the Mirror spray to get the desired look I was trying to achieve.

new distressed mirror from an old window pane do it yourself project | Satisfaction Through Christ

I started this project in the garage, and quickly realized it wasn’t ventilated enough, so I had to take it to our back patio so I could breathe again. And I was scared if I turned my car on our house would blow up from the fumes haha.

The finished product! (it doesn’t photograph well)

Finished DIY antique window mirror | Satisfaction Through Christ

 

It is definitely not perfect looking, but in person it looks very antique. And using the spray on mirror paint is WAY easier than getting mirror panes and reattaching them to the window. I did this project in about 3-4 hours. The hardest part was taping the window panes! Everything else was fairly labor free, really just entails a bunch of spraying. I’ll probably sand down the gold and make it look more antique. Also, I have no idea where to put the mirror that’s why it’s on the floor :)

Has anyone ever done this before? If so, let me know how yours turned out!

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Haylee

I live in Baton Rouge, LA with my husband and 3 fur children, a rescue doberman, a golden retriever, and a pug. We love to travel and visit new places. We also love to use our business as our ministry outlet, and let Jesus shine through us. I have a slight obsession with Pinterest and pinning my dream vacations, dream closet, and perfecting DIY projects/Recipes. However, Above all, I am the daughter of a King who lavishly loves us. My passion is to see women flourish and blossom with their new identity in Christ.

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Comments

  1. says

    What a neat project Haylee. I’ve seen lots of old windows turned into neat things, but haven’t tried my hand at them yet. I actually saw several at an auction a few weeks ago, wish I would have grabbed a couple! :)

  2. says

    That is a great idea! I own a craft store http://www.facebook.com/americanclutter and we do things like this all of the time. I love old windows because there is sooo many things you can do with them, although we do more rustic primitive items so we would of left that old paint on haha but it turned out really cute how you did it!
    Jess

  3. Mimi says

    Hi Haylee! I love this so much. I’ve been looking for a mirror project to hang in my outdoor entry corridor, and this will be perfect. I agree…a bit of imperfection lends artistry…Mimi…xxx

  4. says

    Love how it turned out, I made 2 myself and just LOVE them. :-) I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this post tomorrow on Tuesdays with a Twist, goes live on my blog Tuesday at 7am. Please stop by and check it out. Have a great day.

  5. says

    I love your project! I didn’t know about mirror paint – so much easier than taking out the glass and replacing with mirrors. I’m so glad you shared this. Pinning. (Hope you find a place for it soon!)

  6. says

    what a cool idea! I had no idea there was such a thing as mirror paint and now I want some. Maybe I can pull a finders keepers stunt and grab my own window!
    So if you sand down the gold and have the old white paint show, would that look cool and antiqueish? oh what about rubbing some wood stain or a dark oil paint and then wiping off to tarnish up a few spots? You have to find somewhere to hang it because it’s too cool to sit on the floor!

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