Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mirror Your Windows

I have done a couple of posts on my mirrored windows, but the only ones I have showed you are the ones that were completed before I started blogging.  So today I thought I would tell you how I do them so you can see how easy it is.

I just finished four panels of windows I found at the salvage yard.  They were already painted white so we just freshened up the paint job and added some pretty appliques to the very top.

The most economical place I have found to cut my mirror is Lowe's.  Did you know they cut glass and mirror?  I never knew that until very recently.  It was super economical to have them do my mirror cutting since I paid a little more for these panels than I usually do.  I use an automotive glue.  It's very strong and can stand up to heat in case you want to use your mirrored panels outside.

I used Amazing Goop Automotive glue on these mirrors.  Be careful because some glues will eat the silver off the back of the mirror.

Now don't take the glass out of the windows.  You will use the glass as a base for the mirror.  Just goop up the glass and place your cut piece of mirror right on top of the glass.  Make sure your window is laying flat when you do this and you will want to keep it flat for a few hours until your glue sets up.  We use saw horses for ours but a table would work just as well.  Notice on the following picture, I painted the back of the window panel.  Just paint right over the glass.  This way you won't see the ugly glue marks and the back of the mirror.  Should you decide to hinge two panels together, you could even use these as a room screen.  I have done this mirror technique on French doors as well.  Makes quite an architectural statement and reflects your room beautifully. 

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Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

What a great idea! I've painted art on the glass, but replacing with mirrors is such a good idea. Thank you for being so creative and sharing with us!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Maggie! I did not know that Lowe's did glass and mirror. Good to keep in mind. I mirrored a window many years ago, too, in pre-blogging days. Mine was much smaller than these ~ just a six pane window which I added wood embellishments to. I see old windows all the time at the local antique mart and always want to get them to makeover. I just wish I had the room!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a great post...full of tips! I may have to try this one. I've been wanting a faux window over my interior kitchen sink. Only problem...I will have to watch myself wash dishes! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those are so pretty...I love using anything that reflects light in a room! There are so many uses for this technique!
Blessings, Lorraine

NanaDiana said...

Great idea, Maggie- I love it and it looks like it was born to be a mirror! xo Diana

Bliss said...

I have some ribbed glass in panels on my bathroom door. They used to be clear, ummm, what was I thinking?


Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Maggie,

Such a beautiful look!


Heaven's Walk said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial on these mirrors! Love the look! And thanks, too, for the tip on Lowes' cutting glass and mirrors. I had no idea they did! :)

xoxo laurie

Anonymous said...

Great idea! This would make a space look so much bigger with the mirrors too!

Stacey said...

Very pretty Maggie! Your project makes the point well - creativity is only limited by our lack of vision. You have VISION girlfriend!
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Stacey of Embracing Change