DIY Mirror: Old Windowpane to Statement Wall Mirror

DIY Mirror Project using spray paint.

What is mirror spray?

Mirror spray is a type of aerosol spray that contains a special reflective coating. When applied to a surface, the coating creates a mirrored finish, which is similar to that of a traditional mirror. The spray can be used on various surfaces, including glass, plastic, metal, and wood, making it a versatile option for home improvement projects.

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I was amazed at this easy way to take an old windowpane and transform it into the perfect mirror for my bedroom.

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Starting point

I started my new mirror project using an old window pane.

glass window in garage

However, you can start with an old mirror that has perhaps lost the reflective film from the back for your DIY mirror. I see this happen sometimes along the edges of a bathroom mirror when I work on home renovations and flips.

Check the condition of your starting material. My window pane was really in great shape, but if you’re starting with an older window then you’ll need to really check the condition of your wooden frame, remove any old nails, and perhaps use wood filler to fill in any spots. You may also want to paint your frame before starting.

DIY Mirror Materials needed

Before starting the transformation process, gather all the necessary materials. They’re really just basic supplies. These include:

  1. Mirror spray – I used Krylon looking glass from hardware store, (Home Depot and Lowe’s both have mirror spray), or you can buy it on Amazon here.
  2. Window cleaner and cloth
  3. Masking tape – I used painters tape
  4. Protective gloves
  5. Respirator mask – it’s a good idea because the stuff does have a strong smell to it
  6. Old newspaper or cardboard – as a work surface
  7. Drop cloth or tarp – as a work surface if you have a really large mirror

The easy steps from glass to mirror

Step-by-step process

Step 1: Clean the window pane

The first step in transforming a window pane to a mirror is to clean the glass thoroughly. Dirt, dust, and grime can prevent the mirror spray from adhering to the surface, resulting in an uneven finish. Use a window cleaner and cloth to wipe down the glass and ensure it is free from any debris. Allow the glass to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

cleaning glass window before creating a diy wall mirror from it

The first thing I did was to clean the window glass really well using paper towels and soap. I made sure to dry it as well.

Step 2: Remove any existing hardware

My window had some hardware that I needed to remove. I simply unscrewed them and I was actually happy that the screw holes were there, because it was helpful in hanging my new mirror at the end.

removing window hardware

Step 3: Mask off the surrounding area

To prevent overspray and protect the surrounding surfaces from the mirror spray, it is essential to mask off the area. Use masking tape or painter’s tape to cover the edges of the window pane and any surrounding areas that you do not want to be sprayed. Place old newspaper or cardboard behind the window pane to prevent the mirror spray from getting on any walls or floors. In my case, I used butcher paper on an outside table. Cover the surrounding area with a drop cloth or tarp to protect it from any potential overspray.

taping off edges of window

Step 4: Wear protective gear

Mirror spray can be harmful if it comes into contact with the skin or is inhaled. It is essential to wear protective gloves and a respirator mask when applying the spray to ensure your safety. Additionally, ensure that you are working in a well-ventilated area to prevent any fumes from building up. I worked outside, and if you can, it’s probably a great idea to work outside to keep any fumes away.

Step 5: Apply the mirror spray

Shake the mirror spray bottle well before use. Hold the can approximately 8-10 inches away from the glass and spray a light coat in a sweeping motion. Avoid spraying too much at once, as this can cause the spray to run and result in an uneven finish. Allow the first coat to dry for several minutes before applying another light coat. Continue applying light coats until you achieve the desired mirror finish.

spraying mirror spray onto diy wall mirror project

I used 4 coats in my mirror. There were spots where I did get a little bit of product buildup but it actually dried just fine. Just remember to use a light hand. It’s better to apply another coat rather than apply too much and have the product puddle and create spots. A little patience goes a long way here.

Step 6: Allow the spray to dry

After applying the final coat of mirror spray, allow it to dry completely before removing the masking tape and protective covering.

Step 7: Remove the masking tape and protective covering

Once the mirror spray has dried, carefully remove the masking tape and protective covering. Use a sharp blade or utility knife to cut along the edges of the tape to prevent any paint from being pulled away from the window frame. Discard the protective covering and tape, ensuring that any adhesive residue is removed from the window frame.

Step 8: Add hardware for hanging your DIY Mirror

I used D-Rings and attached them to my mirror frame.

D rings help hang the new mirror created with mirror spray

Step 9: The last step is to hang your new amazing mirror!

The fun part is seeing how it looks in real life. Sometimes the easiest projects are the most satisfying. Hanging my decorative mirror, the end result:

new diy wall mirror hanging in niche

I hung my DIY mirror using an easy picture hanging trick, and it became the focal point of this niche I have in my room. The reflective surface looks great and the window grids and border create a beautiful frame. It was truly a great way to upcycle this windowpane and create an inexpensive mirror.

I’m sure you’ll find creative ways to create your own mirror frame using an old window or other glass. In the future, I’d like to take an old picture frame and remove the picture or poster, and then use the mirror spray to transform that glass into a mirror. This would be great for ornate picture frames and would make for amazing mirrors.

Tips for achieving the best results with your DIY mirror

To achieve the best results when transforming a window pane to a mirror using mirror spray, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Clean the glass thoroughly before applying the spray to ensure a smooth, even finish.
  2. Apply light coats of spray to prevent running and achieve an even finish.
  3. Avoid applying the spray in direct sunlight or in extreme temperatures, as this can affect the drying time and overall finish.
  4. Test the spray on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire surface to ensure compatibility and desired results.
  5. Use a respirator mask and protective gloves to follow safety precautions when applying the spray.
  6. Work in a well-ventilated area to prevent fumes from building up and causing harm.
  7. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying times and recommended number of coats for the best results.

In conclusion, transforming a window pane to a mirror using mirror spray is a simple and cost-effective way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space. With the right materials and following the steps outlined above, you can achieve a smooth, even finish that will create the illusion of more space and light in a room. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear protective gear to ensure your safety during the transformation process. With a little effort and time, you can transform any window pane into a beautiful mirror that will enhance the overall look and feel of your space.

Transforming a window pane into a mirror is an excellent way to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space. It is a cost-effective way to create the illusion of more space and light in a room while also adding a touch of glamour. The use of mirror spray is a popular method for transforming windowpanes into mirrors, and it is easy to use, requiring minimal effort and time. In this article, we will explain the steps involved in transforming a window pane to a mirror using mirror spray.

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