Making An Old Window Into A Mirror

5 Materials
2 Hours

Today I'm taking an old window and giving it a makeover as a mirror. It's a simple project, but the impact is great! If you're looking for a new piece to hang on your wall, consider this fun project.

Step 1: The first step is to clean your window with glass cleaner and paper towels. This wipes away all of the dirt and dust to give you a clean surface to work with and it's an important step!

Step 2: Tape off your window with painters tape so that only the glass is exposed.

Step 3: I wanted an antiqued look to my mirror. I created it by mixing 3/4 water to 1/4 apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed a light mist on each glass panel.

Step 4: The vinegar water mixture does not need to completely dry before you move on to spraying the mirror effect paint. I used Rustoleum's Mirror Effect. You simply spray an even coat over each window panel, let it dry for 5-10 minutes and spray again with another coat. I applied 5 coats altogether to make sure i had covered all areas thoroughly.

Step 5: Once the mirror effect has completely dried it is time to seal in the mirror effect. This can be done with any acrylic paint. I chose to use black. I gave a good coat covering each panel and let it dry.

Once everything was dry, I removed the painters tape.

You're all done with the mirror effect on the mirror and it's time for your piece to be hung. I needed to add two eye hook screws to mine.

After the eye hook screws were in. I added wire. The mirror is ready at this point to be hung. Now to choose where to display your artwork!

I hung my new mirror in the entryway of my home. It looks perfect over our bench and I'm happy with how the antiqued effect came out.

If you'd like to get a better view of my entryway, check out my .

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Have a question about this project?

5 questions
  • Fay Ake
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Is the black painted on the back of the window?

  • Jan30756624
    on Oct 20, 2019

    How did u get the black acrylic paint off???

    • Theresa Stewart
      on Oct 20, 2019

      The black is painted on the back of the mirrored panels so that you cannot see thru it. It helps the mirror paint reflect.

    • GMS
      on Oct 21, 2019

      I am confused, you put the cider mix first on window panes, then the mirror stuff next and the the black on top of that or is the black going on the opposite side of everything else? so the mirror stuff is what turns it into a mirror, I had never heard of that stuff before

    • Robyn Garner
      on Oct 23, 2019

      The vinegar is used to keep the mirror effect paint from totally covering the glass. Old mirrors lose the "silvering" on the back which is what makes the black spots appear over time. Spraying black over the mirror effect makes the clear spots (where the vinegar was) black, which is why it looks old.

    • Joy
      on Oct 27, 2019

      The black is painted on the back of the mirrored panels so that you cannot see thru it. It helps the mirror paint reflect.

    • Chrissy mcneill
      on Dec 28, 2019

      You turn the window over after the mirror paint is dry. Then paint the back of each pane with black acrylic paint. It's painted on the back of the glass panes. Not on top of the mirrored glass. That wasn't made clear.

  • Suzanne McGuire
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Do you spray the mirrow like finish to the front side of the window and the black paint to the back side or both on the same side and if so which side?

    • Janet
      on Oct 20, 2019

      No, you do all steps on the same side of the window. You paint with the mirror effect after the vinegar mixture and then paint the black over the mirror paint.

    • Debi DeMoss Hackett
      on Oct 20, 2019

      There are conflicting answers on this post, which is correct?

    • Suzanne McGuire
      on Oct 20, 2019

      So I'm assuming then you do all the painting on the back side since the mirror paint goes on before the black does. At least this is what I'm assuming. Have an old window from my garage so this would be a great way to use it up. Using the 2nd window for yet another project I saw on this site using the glass gems. Thanks all.

    • Lwilliams
      on Oct 21, 2019

      All the spraying and painting are done on the back of the window. The black paint protects the mirror-effect paint and grounds it so it is no longer translucent. Look at the back of any mirror. The vinegar is used to make the mirror look old because it interacts with the spray paint. Try it, it's pretty cool.

    • Suzanne McGuire
      on Oct 21, 2019

      Thanks as I have an old window I can use and would love to make use of it. Using another one of their projects using an old window and adding glass gems to one side to place on the rear garage to show the house numbers.

    • Deborah
      on Oct 27, 2019

      The way I understand this, is everything is done on the back side. You turn it around to hang.

    • Joy
      on Oct 27, 2019

      The black is painted on the back of the mirrored panels so that you cannot see thru it. It helps the mirror paint reflect.

  • Sea Trace Creations
    on Oct 23, 2019

    Do you have a close up photo of the mirror? I'd love to see how it turned out with the special effects you gave it.

    • Cheryl Abbott
      on Oct 27, 2019

      Here’s mine.... it could be better. It started to rain so I only got one mirror coat. But I kinda like it the way it is.

  • Susan Cooper Andrews
    on Feb 10, 2020

    so Would this work on garage doors, the glass part. For some privacy plus a vintage look. As well as the glass in a dining hutch.?

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  • Gale
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Yes, definitely. I have a beautiful old window and have had it for two years. I have been trying to figure out how to back it with mirrors so when I hang it on my wall it will be mirrored .This looks so much better. It is a very heavy window and this will prevent me from putting more weight onto it to hang on the wall.

  • Luella Tower
    on Feb 13, 2020

    Can you use picture frames too

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