Antique window before and after

6 years ago by in Uncategorized

One of my favorite things I won at the Decor Swap was an antique window. Here’s a quick peak at what I have done with it. Some of these pictures are with my phone so bear with me…

I almost forgot to take a before picture. You can see it was originally brown and I painted it slightly off-white.


Next I sanded the edges…


and the super cool hardware…


Then I picked up a can of glass spray paint. This puppy was hard to find- I ended up finding it at Joann’s and it wasn’t cheap. Fifteen bucks a can. Wha-hut??? It’s a tiny six ounces too.


Two things:

This stuff emits super fumes. Wear a mask. Unlike me.

Plan on spraying many many many thin coats. I think I ended up spraying six. I would have done more, but the can was out and I wasn’t splurging more bucks on this project.

Here’s what it looked like after the first coat of paint:


I think this was the fourth coat. I can’t remember because I wasn’t wearing a mask.

One more tip- make sure your project is LEVEL. Mine was not, I forgot about the hardware on the front and the paint floated a bit as you can see below. No worries, it seemed to disappear with more layers of paint.

Lastly I added some hardware so it could open and close. The hinges are large but I had them on hand so cheap it is.
I installed the mirror in the mud room where our power box is located.


See how it opens and then hides the box? I know, I know. So clever. See that little white paper on the door of the box? That’s the phone number for the power company in case the power ever goes out. Man I am winning the clever points today!


That’s if folks! The mud room is officially DONE and I will be posting (hopefully better) pictures tomorrow.


20 Responses to “Antique window before and after”

Katie Lane
January 5, 2011 Reply

oh my that is awesome. good job. i think i might have to steal your idea. our powerbox has a huge mirror on it, but it is so hard to remove and put back on.

January 5, 2011 Reply

pure genius. I had no idea you could make glass into a mirror!!

House of Smiths
January 5, 2011 Reply

I just facebooked this, for all my readers to see :)
Hope that's okay!

January 5, 2011 Reply

Genius! What a great solution. You did a great job using what you had.

♥ Angie
January 5, 2011 Reply

Thanks for a great idea! Ours is right inside our back door so I am thinking chalkboard paint and use it as a reminder board!

January 5, 2011 Reply

WONDERFUL idea! Love it!

January 6, 2011 Reply

can I just say that I officially HATE YOU!! I mean that in the most loving terms! You know I only say that because you are so smart and more talented then myself there for I have to hate you! How about frienamys!

January 6, 2011 Reply

That is so cool! You have a natural gift!

David and Jana
January 6, 2011 Reply

Amazing my friend!

January 6, 2011 Reply

i officially nominate you queen of clever!
that's what you wanted me to say right?

Jill Hathaway
January 6, 2011 Reply

This is wonderful, thanks for sharing! I loved it so much, I'm going to post a link to it on my blog, very inspiring! :)

January 6, 2011 Reply

YES! well done.
I found 3 of those in my basement when we moved in & I've been scrutinizing them for quite some time. Had seen a spraypainted mirror project on design *sponge and thought that was a cool idea (surely cheaper than putting in a mirror). Ive been wanting to do smthg with these windows for the longest time.

thanks for showing me that if, and when, I do decide to get a move on – it'll look good.

(there's also a HUGE block of marble from an old mantle down there… with thick coats of paint! why wld anyone paint marble ??? still trying to figure out what do with that one).

January 6, 2011 Reply

Thanks Jill! I checked out your blog- love your graphic design work!

January 10, 2011 Reply

Lovely blog, and brilliant idea in this post! I love creative solutions that end up using something for a purpose not originally in their design. That is perfect.

February 10, 2011 Reply

OK first of all you crack me up and I LOVE your projects! Second, why the heck could I have not found this project about 3 weeks ago!?!? ACK! We finished our basement and all I had left was THE box. I FINALLY found a large mirror to buy to cover it, but this is way better! Anywho, I learned about the mirror paint and got to see another awesome project from you!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
November 2, 2011 Reply

ahhh yay so glad I found your blog through pinterest! I have this paint and it's just been collecting dust waiting for some inspiration! thanks for the idea! <3

nice to meet ya!


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August 27, 2013 Reply

Wow! Is the mirror actually functional? ie. can you get a clear image by looking in it?

Natalie Wright
August 28, 2013 Reply

Hey Sarah! The mirror is very functional. It looks old and antique, but you can definitely see your reflection!

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