Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Mirror Window

Posted by Tara

I've had this mirror for years. It has been sitting in my garage while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it. The other day Jamie from I Heart Naptime posted a picture of her Spring mantel and above it was an adorable mirror window. I started thinking about how I could get my hands on one of those and then thought, "HECK! Why don't I make my own?!!"


First start with a rectangular mirror. Mine is from an old dresser, but I am sure if you looked at Goodwill, you could find a rather cheap one.

I decided I wanted the frame around my mirror to be white. Since it already had a dark paint/stain on it, I thought it would look great for that to peek through after I distressed it. Pick whatever color you want for your own project! Tape the mirror off with painter's tape and paint the frame. I applied two coats of a generic white paint to the frame.

after first coat

I went to Lowe's and grabbed a long piece of  1/4 x 3/4" molding. I made sure the bottom side of it was flat, so it would be flush with the mirror when attached. If you want to see the details on the molding, here is the link.  I bought the simple wood finish trim so I could paint it whatever color I chose.

Cut a piece of your molding to the length of the mirror. Then cut shorter pieces for the vertical panes. I had my husband help me out to make sure everything lined up perfectly! After cutting them, I painted them. Again, I applied two coats with my white paint. When the frame and moulding pieces were dry, I lightly sanded and distressed everything.

 The next step is to glue the moulding pieces into place with silicone (Liquid Nails).

Allow at least 30 minutes for the glue to dry. Once it's dry, you can hang it and add your favorite wreath!

I have been eyeing this wreath from Target for quite some time now. It's a little pricier than I was hoping for, but it gave my window the look I really wanted!

This project is definitely something anyone can do. The supplies cost me under $10 (except for the wreath). You could also spray the mirror with the mercury spray paint to give it more of a vintage/old window look. I thought about doing it, but opted for more of a clean look. I couldn't be happier with my new Spring window!

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At April 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Michele Alger said...

How clever! I've thought of doing this to our the look!

At April 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Lezlie@Lovilee ReDesign said...

Love this idea! I love decorating with wreaths as well and this idea is brilliant! Great job :)


At April 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Carissa Rasmussen said...

shared a similar Pottery Barn knock-off

Great minds think alike!

At April 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Audra Renewed Projects said...

Very cute! Great upcycle for that mirror.

At April 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM , Anonymous Laurie said...

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At April 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Kim said...

So smart! I've seen this done by gluing dollar store mirrors to a plywood base, but when you already have a mirror handy, this works even better!
Found you at Tip Me Tuesday.
Kim @

At May 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Kristi @ My Weekly Habit said...

I love this project! I like when wreaths are hung over mirrors or windows, or in this case, both!

I love getting inspiration from other bloggers. It's one of the reasons I started to blog! Thanks for sharing!

At March 13, 2015 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Doug Lowe said...

That’s a crafty idea! The DIY mirror window not only represents your creativity, it also shows how strong your relationship is with your husband. That is just too sweet sweet! Hahaha! Anyway, that green ornament suits your window. You guys really did a great job in there! Thanks for sharing that! Kudos and all the best to your family!

Doug Lowe @ MM Glass Ltd

At May 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Bob Ward said...

I really love reading about DIY projects! They give me a lot of ideas, wherein I can apply my own creativity as well. What you did to your old window is really creative and artistic. You gave it more life and appeal. A great DIY feat, indeed. Thanks for sharing that wonderful idea, Tara! Kudos and all the best to you!

Bob Ward @ Allure Window Treatments


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