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!
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.