Making An Old Window Into A Mirror

by Linda
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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  • 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.

  • Susan Cooper Andrews 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.?

  • Ella Ella on Aug 06, 2022

    Clarification please: The black paint goes on the back of the mirror ?

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  • Olivia Olivia on Apr 26, 2020

    I would keep the window as a window and install a sliding barn door as a window cover.👍

    • Kis97017799 Kis97017799 on Jan 16, 2024

      You missed the whole point! She had an old window, and wanted to use it as an accent piece. She wasn't replacing anything

  • Em Em on Aug 06, 2020

    would be a cute way to brighten up a dark hallway. thanks for sharing