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Simply DIY: how to turn a window into a leaded mirror

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Daniela Fields | 0 Comments

I've always been one for a bargain but finding a pile of old storm windows in my ally was a major score (and free).  In just a few hours I had turned one of them into a vintage looking mirror.  I officially have 3 new mini obsessions; mirrors, Krylon's Looking Glass, Redi-Lead Strips.

 

As you can see the window was in bad shape and in theory I probably should have sanded and painted the frame first!  Anyhow, I measured the mirror and printed the diamond shapes on a sheet of regular paper and placed it underneath the glass to use as a stencil guide for my Redi-Leading Strips.  The Leading strips are self sticking so all I did was trim them down according to the size of the diamonds.  This stuff is AMAZING!

 

After I created the diamonds on both the top and bottom I simply placed a strip of Redi-Lead to connect them.

   

To connect the joints of the Redi-Lead strips I used a dot of Liquid Leading

 

Once the liquid leading dried I spray painted the 'wrong' or back side of the glass using Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint.  I used about three coats and then sealed it with the clear coat (came with the kit).

 

Let the spray paint completely dry

 

After letting both the leading and the spray paint dry for a couple of hours it was time to paint.  I removed all the hardware except the handle, sanded the frame and painted one coat of a neutral cream color on top.  I let that dry and used Martha Stewart's crackle effect over it, let that dry and used a medium grey color to finish the effect. I used old acrylic paints I had laying around but you can use wall paint and different weathering techniques to achieve this look.


Here's how it turned out!

 

Minus the ugly curtains (there when we moved in) I love how it turned out!


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