Antiquing a Faux Mirror

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I love the look of antiques, especially mirrors but most true antique mirrors are quite expensive. I found a way to get the antique look and not spend half a fortune.

Time: 2 HoursCost: $7Difficulty: Easy
  • antiquing a faux mirror

I also have a "thing" about old windows so I thought why not incorporate my two loves - mirrors and windows - into one project.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

I began by flipping the window onto with the wrong side facing up. Which is the "wrong side" of a window? That would be a personal preference. This window had some hardware on it and I wanted that to show on the right side.

Next I used painter's tape and covered the entire window frame.


You could also do this project using the glass from a picture frame. You would use the same steps.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

I used thinner painter's tape and covered each window sash.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

Next I mixed equal parts of vinegar and water and put it into a spray bottle. You can use white vinegar - I didn't have any on hand so I used apple cider.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

I shook up the vinegar/water mixture and then sprayed it onto each window pane. I tried to spray large drops of water not a fine mist.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

Once all the window panes were sprayed with vinegar/water and while it was still wet, I sprayed each pane with Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint. I gave each pane two coats of paint.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

Using a paper towel, I gently dabbed each window pane removing the paint where the vinegar/water had been sprayed. (The paint will not adhere to the glass where it was sprayed.) I had to do this fairly quickly before the vinegar/water mixture dried.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

Once the paint was dry, I removed all of the painter's tape.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

Using black craft paint, I painted over the "looking glass" paint.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

As you can see, the black paint shows through where the "looking glass" paint was removed - giving you an antique look.

  • antiquing a faux mirror

I added two screws and picture wire to the back and hung my new "antique" mirror on the wall. Love the chippiness of the window and love the mirror affect.

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