Since we bought our fixer upper, I’ve been slowly adding little farmhouse touches in my powder room. For our first round of updates we replaced the floor, added a new toilet, installed shiplap, replace all the trim, and gave it a fresh coat of paint. You can see that project here.
Well, I’ve been thinking of replacing that mirror for a while now. It’s a perfectly fine mirror, it was one I already had so it was easy on the budget. But now I finally have a mirror that reflects more of the farmhouse style I was going for.
Window Farmhouse Mirror Tutorial
This was a pretty simple project. It can be done in one afternoon. The window I used for this project did not have glass, so there are some steps in here that you can skip if you have the glass in your window intact.
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Here are the items I used to complete this DIY window mirror:
1.) A window (if you have one with the glass still intact, you will save yourself some time.)
2.) A piece of glass or a mirror.
3.) mirror adhesive
5.) Mirror Effect Spray Paint (if you’re using glass and not a mirror)
6.) Hanging Hardware
7.) white caulk
How to turn a salvaged window into a farmhouse mirror
Clean the window. The first thing I always do with salvaged windows is give them a really good cleaning. This window sat in a barn for years, and was gross. Click here to see my trick to cleaning salvaged windows.
After the window was clean, I set it out to dry overnight.
Clean your glass. My window didn’t come with glass, but I had a piece of glass in my basement, and it was a great fit, so I chose to use that instead of buying a mirror for the center. The glass needs to be completely clean and dry. Isopropyl alcohol is a great cleaner for this.
Use the Mirror Effect Spray. This mirror spray is supposed to be used on the back side of a piece of glass, then when it’s flipped over you can see the glass looks like a mirror.
You really have to be careful not to over spray. I did in some spots and you can see the drips in the mirror if you look closely. It took me about 5-6 coats to completely cover the back of the mirror.
Glue the mirror onto the frame. Use the mirror adhesive to glue your mirror to the frame.
This is when it got messy for me. I didn’t wait long enough for the paint to dry, so when I pressed down on the back of the mirror, some of the spray paint came off with it. In the end, it didn’t bother me so much because the whole farmhouse mirror frame is distressed, so it just sort of blends in with the style.
Attach hanging hardware. This window didn’t have any hardware so I added a little hook to the back. Click here to buy hanging hardware for your project.
Caulk the seams. I didn’t like that I was able to see the glue through the seams of the window, so I added a bead of caulk around the frame to hide the gaps.
And voila! I have a new farmhouse mirror!
I added some dried lavender to the little eye hook on the right side. I love seeing dried lavender hanging around my house! My new farmhouse mirror adds so much chain to this space!
My honest review of this mirror spray. I think this is a really neat concept, but it isn’t perfect. the mirror is a little muddy, it doesn’t have a perfect reflection, but it’s a lot better than I imagined it would be. And it is good enough to use in a powder room. I am able to clearly see myself, it’s not blurry or anything. I think the reflection is just a little darker than a regular mirror. In hindsight, I may have made my life a little easier by just purchasing a cheap mirror and cutting it to fit, but I wanted to try this spray and I had the perfect opportunity. Like I said before, it also scratches reaaallllllyyy easily. Like, I set it down on my table and scooted it over a few inches and I had HUGE scratches that I had to go back and respray. With all of that being said, I probably would use it again.