Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Old Mirrored Windows

These old windows are approximately 5 feet tall.  I wanted to use these for my daughter's wedding that we had in our backyard a couple of years ago.  I got as far as adding the applique and the mirror but that was it.  One of the window frames needed a little repair which was minor but it just got done recently.  I thought for the wedding they would be pretty propped against a tree reflecting the surrounding foliage and also the beautiful small white Christmas lights we used everywhere to light up the evening.  Since we did not use them for the wedding (I did put them away for the evening since they were not finished) I propped them up behind a baker's rack I have on the patio.  They have been out in the elements for two years.  The mirrors are still intact and so is the applique.  So if you want to do a project like this, I will tell you what I used.

For the mirrors, I simply measured the window panes.  I went to a glass place and had them cut the windows.  Then I went to OSH or anyplace like Lowe's or Home Depot and I bought adhesive that is suitable for automotive use.  I suspect that is why the mirrors are still attached to the regular glass panes that I started out with.  I purchased the appliques at The Bella Cottage click here.  I attached the appliques with two-part epoxy glue.

After Steve repaired the frame where there was slight damage, he painted everything in a deep gray.  Then we used a creamy white.  I wanted these to look old and chippy not new and fresh.   I made him resist the temptation to sand the windows before painting them.  This guaranteed the paint would not stick everywhere.
 After all the painting was done, I sanded all the wood back, then took a razor blade scraper and went to town.  I love the end result.  Using mirrored windows can really open a space and give it charm.  I recently wrote a post on our patio windows click here.  You can see how beautiful they made our patio.
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12 comments:

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

Beautiful, I love your ideas! They are so inspiring.

Have a great day.

-Kim :)

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Oh they are so beautiful. Now I'm going to be on the lookout for some to use in my garden. Thank you for sharing.
Nancy

Gypsy Heart said...

Just beautiful! Love your patio area...so nice and peaceful.

xo
Pat

NanaDiana said...

I am just delighted to have found your through Kim @Savvy S.Living. I absolutely love your blog and I am your newest follower. GREAT job on EVERYTHING! xo Diana

Barbara Jean said...

Love those windows with mirrors!!

blessings
barbara jean

Suffia said...

They are pretty. Love the reflections, your patio is beautiful.

Sandy said...

Love the idea of old mirrored windows! They look awesome! I did a post awhile back about using mirrors in the garden. You have just given me another idea! I came over to visit from Debbie Doos newbie party. Your blog looks like you are a veteran blogger. Nice design. I'll quit talking now and look around some more.

Sandy

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild said...

gorgeous. i must get myself some windows that i can put mirrors in. this idea just sticks with me.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm stopping by from Debbie-Doo's ...

This project turned out great!

Thanks so much for the inspiration ...

:)

Linda
www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love this idea! You got a beautiful result. These would look wonderful anywhere!

Debbiedoo's said...

Gorgeous! So glad you shared with my newbie party. See you later.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

These are fantastic! I may use them as inspiration to redo some old windows that I have. Thank you for sharing this idea!