Like many of my projects, this redo did not turn out the way I originally imagined – but I think it still turned out pretty awesome.
I started with an old window that I picked up at a yard sale a few weeks ago – the larger one in this pic.
I have been wanting to try out Looking Glass Spray Paint for awhile now and this was the perfect opportunity. Looking Glass spray paint basically turns clear glass into a mirror. (This is pretty expensive for spray paint – but I picked mine up at Michaels with a 50% off coupon so it really wasn’t too bad).
I started by spraying a fresh coat of white paint on the wood window frame. I considered trying to get fancy and make the mirror finsh look antiquey but decided that would be a bit advanced for my first time. So I quickly cleaned the window and then sprayed several light coats of the Looking Glass spray paint on the reverse side. I eagerly waited for the paint to dry (exciting I know) and then flipped it over to get a look.
It was not exactly what I expected. The finish was definitely reflective but it was also streaky and had random dark spots on it. I was disappointed for a quick second until I realized I had ended up with my antique finish after all. I am still not exactly sure what went wrong but I am thinking I must not have allowed enough drying time between cleaning the window and painting it.
In any case, I decided to embrace the imperfections so I roughed up the wood frame a bit to match the antiquey mirror. I wanted to add some hardware for hanging things along the bottom of the mirror so I grabbed some vintage furniture knobs from my stash. They were cute but in need of a bit of pizazz.
I added a wash of white paint and then a wash of teal paint. For each wash, I mixed equal parts paint and water and then brushed it on. Then I wiped all of the paint off the raised portions of the hardware while it was still wet with a clean rag. Finally, I dry-brushed on some black paint. Sound a little complicated but it truly took about five minutes. I really like the way they turned out – a nice subtle pop of color.
Even though this redo wasn’t what I originally intended, I kind of love it anyway. Perfect for hanging scarves and bags in an entryway. I think my other vintage window just might get a very similar treatment.