Several people have commented on the mirror in my Pottery Barn Knockoff Mercury Glass Easter Eggs tutorial, so I thought I’d share how I made it.

 

Just a few simple ingredients required:

  • old window
  • Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
  • vinegar
  • water
  • paper towel (or soft rag)
  • paint, if desired
  • polycrilic sealer

I bought several old windows from a local salvage shop, and I’ve been saving them until inspiration struck. When I first learned of Looking Glass Spray paint, I knew I had to use it to make an old weathered mirror.

 

First step was to clean the mirror well, to knock off years of dirt and chipping paint. (Be careful with this step, especially if you’re using a pre-1978 window. It may well be painted with lead paint, and you’ll need to be careful that you, your kiddos and animals don’t ingest the paint chips or dust. Miss Mustard Seed had a great post on safety precautions when dealing with lead paint. I encourage you to check it out and follow her tips.

 

Once your window is clean and dry, shake up your Looking Glass spray paint for a couple of minutes — until your arms get so tired you can’t shake anymore.

Now, it’s time to start painting. The Looking Glass spray paint has a strong smell, so do this outside or in a well ventilated space. I recommend wearing a mask, too.

Apply a coat of Looking Glass spray paint to the back side of your window/mirror. This is the side you’ll want to be facing the wall. Use a smooth, left to right sweeping motion. Let the first coat dry for about a minute — gotta love how fast this stuff dries — then apply a second coat. You may still be able to see through your mirror at this point. Continuing adding coats until you have the mirrored look you want. (Make sure to check the other side to see how the coverage looks from what will be the front of your mirror.) I did five or six coats, plus two more after I’d distressed the mirror, to achieve this look.

 

Backside of mirror

Now, you could leave your mirror like this, but I wanted mine to really look like an old vintage find. So, I decided to distress mine to make it look like mercury glass, or more accurately, an old chipped mirror. I followed the instructions for DIY mercury glass at Take the Side Street. Her tutorial is great, and it essentially involves spraying the painted surface with a half-vinegar-half-water mixture and removing spots of the paint. Use a light hand when doing this, and a soft moistened rag. Be careful not to take off large patches of paint. This will ensure the mirror will look authentic.

After I’d removed some paint to create the mercury glass effect, I added a couple more thin coats of paint to give the worn spots dimension and to make them look more realistic.

Next, I painted the wood frame on the front side of my mirror with a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I think I used Provence, but I can’t remember. It may have been Duck Egg Blue, as well. They’re very close, though Provence tends to be brighter and more vibrant, while Duck Egg Blue is more muted. Normally, I finish my painted pieces with wax, but I wanted to make sure to encapsulate the old paint, in case it contained lead. So, I sealed it with polycrilic. You could also use polyurethane.

The final step is to add a hanger or hanging wire on the back of your window mirror.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Wow..now that is quite a transformation! Love the color and just can’t believe how perfect it looks! great job! thank you so much for linking up again at Uncommon, we are so happy to have you and can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week! :)

    Bonnie @ uncommon

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I love this look and would like to give it a try. Now I’ll just need to find an old window…
    So glad you linked up @ the Delectable Home!

  3. That came out beautiful – nice job!

  4. It looks beautiful just like I pictured it! lol, you see I have an window just like that, and I’ve been searching for that paint to do the exact same thing, where did you get the paint, I can’t seem to find it.

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      I found my paint at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. They don’t sell it at Home Depot and Lowe’s, or not that I could find. Online, I believe you can order it from Amazon. Sorry for being so late in replying. Your comment went to spam for some reason.

  5. I was wondering myself how you did that. Fantastic, I love it.

  6. I was wondering how you did this too. Thanks for sharing. It really is neat.

  7. LOVE it – want it – gonna do it. A terrific project.

  8. what a great project. I really love that blue.

  9. I love the looking glass spray. It really creates a great look. Wonderful job on your old window. It looks terrific and I’m loving the blue color on the frame.

  10. Is it possible to do it without glass? Ie on plywood?

  11. perelandra says:

    Important safety note: even if you’ve removed all the lead paint safely from a wood surface and contained the waste properly, the wood itself is still impregnated with lead. I had my recycled front door tested after it was professionally (and very carefully) stripped, and it was still every bit as contaminated as it was before it was stripped. I chose to seal it with another finish and keep it anyway, but I don’t have children at home. If I had crawlers or (ahem) dynamic, kinesthetic children like I was, well … I’d probably have chosen differently.

    Any time the wood is disturbed (by sanding, scraping, damage) the lead is made available again. Make sure you are aware of this risk when recycling old doors and windows, it doesn’t take much lead to contaminate an area the size of a football field (Imagine the contents of a sugar packet in that football field), and there really are no safe levels for lead in the human body. Mirrors are probably safer than doors because they’re not designed to move and therefore don’t suffer the friction of swinging or sliding open on wearing surfaces, but just a public safety announcement for anyone who would like to have this information before they start a project.

    • This is great information. Thank you for sharing. I had no idea that a door could still test positive for lead after the old finish has been encapsulated or sealed. Definitely something to consider. And that sugar packet in a football field example is eye-opening.

      I am always more careful with my kid than myself, but I’m thinking now I need to take better care of myself when working with these old furniture and architectural finds, too.

      Thank you for looking out for me and all the rest of the salvagers out there.

  12. Beautiful, beautiful mirror! I love the old look it has! Great job! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
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  13. SO pretty! Thanks for the hint with lead paint, I certainly wasn’t aware of it. Love the pic with the Easter Eggs as well, very beautiful :)

  14. Hi Amy,
    I’m new to you site and love it! I was in the market for a vintage mirror but wasn’t having any luck so I googled making one. Your site was the first one to pop up and after reading this post, I knew I could do it! I did and I love it! Thank you so much for posting this tutorial, it was perfect! I made my mirror, posted about it and named you as my inspiration! Thanks again!
    Sharlotte
    Sharlotte’s Reflections

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      I am so happy that I was able to inspire you to make your own mirror. Isn’t that Looking Glass spray paint amazing. Although I’m finding it harder to find in my local stores…

      I commented on your post, but I think your mirror turned out beautifully. It’s perfect for your bedroom.

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