How to Make your own Vintage Window Mirrors

Alright, I’m pretty darn excited about this one my friends!!!

Vintage Window Mirrors | making it in the mountains

Y’all know how much I adore antiques! There’s just something about finding that unique piece with a story to tell, some history to it. I’ve been collecting all sorts of treasures for years now – knowing how special each and every find is and just waiting for the perfect chance to use it. I’ve got boxes, shelves and closets even (yes, closets with an “s”, as in more than one, as in MULTIPLE) piled with trinkets, treasures and amazing finds that I couldn’t possibly pass up. You see, here’s the thing about antiquing: like most all other forms of shopping, you don’t always know that you need something until you see it, but what makes shopping vintage a little bit different is that if you don’t scoop up that fabulous piece, someone else surely will. You just can’t count on that amazing find still being there tomorrow when you finally make up your mind. There’s no time my friends to think about things or sleep on it. Gosh no! You need to grab that one of a kind find and claim it as your own before somebody else does! Which is why I’m saving closets with an “s” full of lovely old treasures. Now you might think I’m being a tad melodramatic, but I’ll tell you, it’s the ultimate test for someone as indecisive as I am! I can’t think of a single shopping trip that I haven’t agonized over something that I wasn’t expecting to find, let alone NEED – even though I hadn’t really figured out a place for it in my home, I just don’t want to live another day without it in my life. Hubs thinks I’m absolutely mad, but I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this!

Luckily, this was not one of those times.

You see, one fateful day of shopping for nothing in particular, I discovered some lovely vintage windows at one of my very fave antique stores that I just couldn’t resist. Though I may not have a plan for everything that makes it’s way home with me and it’s true that I hadn’t exactly been looking for windows, I knew the instant I saw these beauties what I was going to do with them! It was like we were destined to be together! #youknowthefeeling

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

I brought these babies home for just $20 a piece and got straight to work painting them up with a few of my favorite colours from Country Chic Paint. As much as wanted to keep them for myself, I knew my Mom had been looking for an eternity for the perfect mirror to hang in her dining room to bounce around a bit of light in a windowless space. I also knew that if there was anyone else in the world that could love these pretty little windows as much as I did, it would be her. So, keeping her neutral loving colour palette in mind, I painted up the fronts of the windows with some “Simplicity White” to match her new kitchen table, but added a bit of “Refreshed” in all it’s minty glory to the sides for just a splash of colour.

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Then, I simply drove them down to our local glass shop and had the boys remove the old glass and add replace it with mirror, which they secured to the frame with just a bit of silicone. The whole process cost me about $50 for both and took just a few hours.

I couldn’t possibly be more in love with how these turned out!

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

Vintage Window Mirrors - making it in the mountains

These vintage window mirrors not only help to bring some light to my Mom’s dining space, but she’s really so excited to have actual windows where there had been none at all. Brilliant, right? How had I not thought of this sooner?!

I’ve gotta say, I’m SO head-over-heels in love with this project that I’m already on the hunt for some gorgeous vintage windows for my own home!

Vintage Window Mirrors | making it in the mountains

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69 thoughts on “How to Make your own Vintage Window Mirrors

      1. Sorry, this post was so disappointing. All it states is that you refinished the windows’ wooden frames. You took them to a professional place which actually CREATED the window mirror. That is NOT DIY. I expected instructions on how to attach the mirror to the frame YOURSELF.

  1. I am so doing this! I have had a window frame from the neighbors garage remodel for 6 years and this is what it was waiting for. Thanks for the inspiration girl!

  2. These turned out so so nice. I know your mama is thrilled to have windows, now. 🙂 We, too, have a room with no windows…..
    I am working on a draft on mirror windows and would love to feature yours …may I do this? And, may I use one of your photos, all this with a link back to you and your pretty blog.
    Thanks so much….

  3. I just LOVE these! They really do look like real windows and I can tell how much light they bring into the space. Totally digging that little pop of mint too! 🙂

  4. Love how they turned out Kristi! I found some back in the fall and just love worn look of antique windows! I bet your Mom is SO happy to have you so close now and do stuff like this for her! xo

  5. These are beautiful! They add such great character to the room – I love using old windows for DIY projects and decor!

  6. What a great job you did! Really adds so much light! I will have to try this in the summer at our cottage where we have soooo many old window frames like these. I found you over at Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

    Stephanie @

    PS:Feel free to drop by my linkup which happens Wednesdays! It’s called the Ladies Collective Linkup. Hope to see you!

  7. Great idea! We’ve got a few old windows stored out in our shed that would be perfect for this kind of project. You’ve inspired me ;o) Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Hope to see you again this week! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  8. I love how simple and elegant your mirrors are. I bet they would be to die for at christmas with simple wreaths or a great way to dress up any season really. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinning and sharing on FB!

  9. What a brilliant way to make the space feel so much more bright and open! And the mirrors themselves look fab!! Thanks for linking up at The Creative Circle! I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us this week!

  10. Hello! I found this post through The Shabby Nest’s party. The mirrors look great and go so well with your decor. It also makes the room look bigger and so open! I love them!

  11. I’m loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7. I can’t wait! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Great job on the window mirrors Kristi! They really do look like windows on the wall. I have a ton of old windows in a lean-to behind our barn. One of these days I want to make chalkboards out of them. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Blessings, Deborah

  13. I love old windows, I have so many of them, and I have two matching ones that I wanted to make into mirrors but I didn’t know how. Thank you for this post, I am going to uncover those windows right now!

  14. Wow it really jazzes the room up, love ho you re created the mirrors to give then a vintage look! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea on Making Memories Mondays! 🙂

  15. I’m confused. It appears that the window you purchased is rectangular and the grid runs north-south. Your completed mirrors appear to be square and the grid runs east west. Does this mean you had the windows cut in half? Not sure if it’sjust the way they appear in the photos, but the frames across the top of your mirrors appear smaller than the frame along the bottom of the mirrors. So I’m wondering how much construction was actually needed to complete these. Your instructions sound like you simply painted frames and have someone pop out the glass and pop in the mirrors. It appears that there was more involved than that. Am I wrong?

    1. Hi Tania, thanks for reaching out to ask. There was no extra work or cutting involved, the difference you’re noticing is simply the window turned on it’s side. The instructions are correct as written, I did simply paint the window frame and then took it to the glass shop to have the glass replaced with mirror. Hope this clears things up!

  16. I think these are absolutely beautiful – but – I must have missed something somewhere. What did you do to them? Did you make them mirrors with spray paint? Or attach mirrors behind them? What?

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