How To: Make an Old Window into a Mirror

Posted by Jennifer on November 3, 2013 – 7:42 pm

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When I found this lovely old window, I immediately knew I wanted to do something with it. What? I had no idea! I’m not a super creative person, I don’t have decorative flair and I’m not a talented DIY-er.

I know that Pinterest is filled with lots of interesting ideas but I’m also a bit lazy. Well, maybe lazy isn’t the right word. More busy. I don’t want to invest tons of time, energy or money into the project but I do want to do something unique.

I’m thankful for Google!

I found this post and loved her laid back attitude. It wasn’t a fussy project; it wouldn’t take a lot of time or money.  I cleaned my old window,  used some Polyurethane spray on the frame and then  Krylon Looking Glass Spray on the back to create a mirror-like surface. While it was drying, one of my children let the door slam, knocking over my window and breaking a pane. A real life lesson here. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and we have to embrace what comes into our lives. Truthfully, it’s all the interesting things that happen to us that just adds character! Thanks to the beautiful job of VinylPhraseCraze, I have a scripture in that missing pane that has become special to me as I mother, teach and train my children.

Only one more dilemma. How to hang this treasure up and ensure it won’t fall. I visited several hardware stores and finally ended up finding the solution on eBay: a D Ring hook. Priced at $5.99 for a package of 10 and free shipping – it works for me!

My newly finished treasure is hung in our entry way and I just plain love it. Sadly, due to the way the glass is along the top {or bad painting on my part?} , the mirror is much more looking-glass-ish and a bit distorted however the bottom two panes are a fantastic reflective finish. So the quandary: this window has a twin. Do I take another run at it and see if I can make it more even and mirror-like {and bust another pane so I can still keep my verse! lol} or do I embrace the imperfect? As I type, I already know the answer.

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