Several months ago I was hanging out with a friend of mine and we talked about using old windows to decorate. We discussed how we had seen tons of ideas on Pinterest for how to use them in your house. She told me that she had seen that morning that the windows were being replaced in a house down the street from her.

Later that afternoon I received a text message from her… and she had scored a bunch of old windows for free. Jackpot! I stopped by her house later on and she insisted I take three of them. For the past few months I’ve had tons of ideas rolling around in my head for what to do with those windows!

While we lived in our apartment they stayed outside on our small patio, which is where my husband put them after bringing them in from the car while it was raining one night. I decided to wait until I had more space to work on the windows, but I was certainly anxious to work on them when we moved to the house. This is what the window looked like before:

I loved the look of a mirror that looked like a window, but I wasn’t sure how to do that with an old window. There are mirror tiles you can purchase in some stores and I actually found a website where you could get custom-sized mirror tiles. I thought this was probably the best option, but I happened upon a pretty cool product that was cheaper and would still give me the look I wanted.

Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like paint

If you spray this paint on glass, the reverse side has a mirror-like effect. It isn’t a perfect, clear mirror, but it had the effect I wanted and was a lot easier than measuring and ordering mirror tiles.

The window needed a fresh coat of paint, so I started by sanding the window down on the side I wanted to be painted. After cleaning off the window, I covered the window panes with craft paper and painter’s tape.

A few minutes later, my old window was freshened up with crisp white paint! This is what the window looked like after I painted the frame.

After it dried, I covered the other side of the frame with painter’s tape so I could paint the window panes with the Krylon Looking Glass paint. I also used a razor blade on the glass to ensure it was clean before I painted it. The opposite side is what you need to paint, so I painted the glass on the opposite side of the frame that I painted white.

After distressing the frame with some sand paper, I had and old window turned mirror to hang in our living room! Here is the final product:

I love the way it turned out! What projects have you done with old windows? I’d love to see them! 

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  1. jamie says:


    thanks so much for posting! I found an old window and had the same idea haha I even bought the looking glass spray paint (Tiny cans no?!?) anyway I was wondering if you had any tips re:applying the spray paint… your window looks beautiful and I am nervous to ruin mine by spraying unevenly etc… you followed the instructions on the can? Did you apply multiple coats? Again thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creation!


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