Antiquing a Faux Mirror

8 Materials
$7
2 Hours
Easy

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.
I also have a "thing" about old windows so I thought why not incorporate my two loves - mirrors and windows - into one project.
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.
I used thinner painter's tape and covered each window sash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once the paint was dry, I removed all of the painter's tape.
Using black craft paint, I painted over the "looking glass" paint.
As you can see, the black paint shows through where the "looking glass" paint was removed - giving you an antique look.
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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3 of 14 questions
  • Renee Rippetoe
    on Jul 20, 2018

    Was there lead-based paint on the window frame? That's where it's most commonly used.

    • Alicia W
      on Aug 30, 2018

      Hi Renee. Lead isn’t a problem unless ingested or inhaled. I did not remove any paint from the window so there was no ingesting or inhaling paint. If this is a concern, you can apply a clear sealer to the window beforehand.

  • Michelle Kirstein
    on Feb 28, 2019

    The finished product is simply stunning. But aren't you worried about lead in them chips? 😂

    Just kidding, anyone who tackles this type of project takes the appropriate precautions. Great job!!!

  • Angela Bauer
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Why do you need to put painters tape on the back side since that side will be against the wall?


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  • Diane
    on Feb 25, 2019

    I tried it today and it was so easy! I think just about any kind of liquid spray would work; mine ended up being some vinegar window cleaner because I liked the droplets it made. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Deanna Kay
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Yes im going to do it. I've got the perfect window. It's covered in lead and just waiting to be a hazard. Yours is amazing!

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