January 23, 2013 by twinoaksstudio
Happy (Frigid!!) January to you all!
I’m trying to furnish a cabin in West Virginia with rustic made-by-me decor. I wanted to make something mirror-like to hang over the dresser I refinished recently. I decided to turn an old window into a mirror.
First step in this process was to wash the mirror. I used TSP then good old Windex to get the glass clean. For the mirror finish, I sprayed on Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. For some reason, I could only find this at Hobby Lobby. No Micheal’s, AC Moore, Lowes, Home Depot – none of them carried it. What’s up with that? Its a wonderful product!
When spraying the Looking Glass Spray, make sure your window is dry, and its over 50 degrees outside. The first time I tried this, my window had been sitting outside and was slightly damp, and it may been just 50 degrees. The spray didn’t stick at first. I needed to remove the spray application and wait a couple of days until the weather outside was more favorable. Then I sprayed it according to directions, many light applications (I think 4 or 5) letting it dry completely between coats. When I noticed all the spray had evaporated, I’d spray on another coat. Between coats, I constantly shook the spray can. I wasn’t taking any chances since I messed up the first time I tried it!
I stopped spray applications when I could not see through the window any longer. Then I waited about 5 minutes and spritzed the window with vinegar. You don’t need a lot of vinegar – just some droplets here and there. I wiped off the vinegar and off came some of the mirror finish too.
For the frame of the window, I tested out CeCe Caldwell’s paints Alaskan Tundra green with Memphis Blue on top. Read about my review of CeCe Caldwell’s paints here. I applied 2 coats of the green followed by one coat of the blue. I used the “wet sand” technique, and then also sanded it a little with a sanding block for a more rustic look. I topcoated it with CeCe’s clear wax, then dark wax/cream.
I love the way it turned out!
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