Thursday, October 25, 2012

How I Faked an Antique Mirror (Or Making Something Old Look Older)

A friend of mine gave me this window, and for a long time I wasn't exactly sure what to do with it. Then along came Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, and somewhere along the way, I developed what is likely to be an unhealthy fascination with it.
Have I mentioned that it is the MOST AMAZING THING EVER??
If you want to turn an ordinary piece of glass into a mirror using Looking Glass, one of the most important things to remember is that you must paint the back side of the glass, not the front.

This is how the mirror started out. Ignore all the schmutz around it, if you can.

"Creating" an antique mirror is done in the same way as faking mercury glass.

On the back side of the glass, spray a thin coat of Looking Glass.

Next, using a spray bottle filled with equal parts vinegar and water, LIGHTLY mist the newly-painted glass, and then blot with a dry paper towel. Let it dry.

Repeat this process until you get the look you want. I think I did it about 4 times.

This was taken before my hubs got home from work and hung it for me. In other news, it's also one of the very last pictures ever taken of that cream carpet.

Cream, builder-grade carpet was not created for families with children. Especially not for families with 4 children under the age of 6. Cream, builder-grade carpet was the bane of my existence.

It's gone now. Now we're in the process of laying down some laminate flooring.

Living in a mess is the new bane of my existence.

So I'm just going to keep looking at my new "antique" mirror.

At least it's hanging high above the mess.


  1. Just wanted to say I love your blog! And that is too I'm just hoping someone gifts me an old window haha!

    1. Thank so much for stopping by! If you do something like this, I'd really love to hear how it turns out!

  2. Wow, love what you did with that--amazing!

  3. I love the way this turned out! I have a window almost exactly like that above my bed, now I'm thinking about making it a mirror like yours. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    <3 danielle

    1. Let me know if you do it! I'd love to see it! :)

  4. To renovate the mirror is a very tricky work but this post contains some helpful tips get proper knowledge. This inspire us inside of fabulous interior designing of home with antique mirror. Thanks a lot.
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