How to turn old antique windows into mirrors

I have a weakness for old windows. Whenever I see them free somewhere, regardless of whether I need it, or have space for it, I stop and pile ’em into the car. One of my favourite things to do with old windows is to turn them into mirrors. And it’s super simple to do!

how to turn old windows into mirrors DIY gallery wall

Here’s how turn your old or antique windows into mirrors:

1) The first step in is to deal with the frame. Give it a visual inspection and make sure you have no odd nails, rot, or bugs. You’ll also want to determine if you are painting it.

old window ready for inspection and prep

2) Next give it a sanding to remove old paint (if you want). I opted to do this for one of the old windows so I could re-paint it white. Two of them were already perfectly ‘finished’.

ryobi hand sander old antique window

3) Wash and clean the glass thoroughly. Don’t skimp on this step – the quality of the mirror depends on it.

4) Apply the mirror effect – I used this one from Krylon.

Krylon looking glass mirror spray old windows

5) Paint the window frame, if desired. I put a quick coat of PARA’s Canoeing Calm on and then gave it a light sand to ‘antique’ it a bit.

6) Hang and enjoy.

gallery wall of old windows turned into mirrors DIY

food on dining room buffet with vintage windows mirrors

This past weekend I decided to transform a few more and add them to the wall above the dining room buffet. It’s got a bit more of a gallery wall look, which I love. Doesn’t it look fab!? Adding more really celebrates the high ceilings.



I’ve also turned an old window into the ‘white board’ in my home office, and into a chalk board for the kitchen! The possibilities are endless.


  1. by Tania on July 14, 2016  10:16 am Reply

    I just can't believe how easy it looks! And so beautiful!!! I need to find me an old window haha!

    • by Heather on July 14, 2016  10:19 am Reply

      it was super duper easy Tania:) happy hunting!

  2. by Melanie O'Reilly-Rogers on July 14, 2016  10:26 am Reply

    So cute! I turned an old antique window into a picture frame once. I love this idea too.

    • by Heather on July 14, 2016  10:28 am Reply

      so many fun uses for old windows:)

  3. by Salma on July 14, 2016  12:03 pm Reply

    Wow. This looks gorgeous. Awesome upcycle project that I haven't thought of.

    • by Heather on July 14, 2016  2:24 pm Reply

      thanks so much Salma!:)

  4. by Sacha Gudmundsson on July 18, 2016  10:16 am Reply

    Heather, your insta inspired me. I picked up a window yesterday to try this out! :)

    • by Heather on July 19, 2016  7:33 am Reply

      YAY! I'm so glad to hear this:) have fun!

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