How to Make a Wall Mirror Out of an Old Window Frame

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How to Make a Wall Mirror Out of an Old Window Frame
Recycle an old window into a wall mirror. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Wood framed, multi-paned windows have an old-fashioned, plain look that complements rustic decor If your home has newer windows, you can purchase an old-fashioned one from a building salvage store and convert it to a handsome wall mirror. Replacing a window's clear glass panes with mirrors is a deceptively simple process requiring some inexpensive hardware supplies.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Heat gun
  • Putty knife
  • Flat tipped screwdriver
  • Wire brush
  • Measuring tape
  • Mirror
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Glass cutting tool
  • Grozing pliers
  • Glazing point
  • Swivel hangers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Soften the glazing on a section of windowpane with a heat gun and remove it with a putty knife. Repeat this process for each section of glass.

  2. 2

    Pry out the old glazing points with the putty knife or a flat tipped screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove each section of glass and clean out any debris in the frame with a wire brush.

  4. 4

    Measure the dimensions of each opening in the window frame. Subtract 1/8 inch from each of these dimensions to leave room for glazing.

  5. 5

    Cut sections of mirror and cardboard equal to these dimensions, using a glass cutter for the mirror and a craft knife for the cardboard. You will need a section of mirror and cardboard for each opening in the frame.

  6. 6

    Back each section of mirror with a piece of cardboard and place it into a window frame opening. If a mirror doesn't fit, go over the problem edge with grozing pliers.

  7. 7

    Drive glazing points into the window frame every 4 inches, using a putty knife. The glazing points will hold the mirrors in place.

  8. 8

    Screw two swivel hangers into the back of the window frame, 1/3 to ½ of the way down from the top.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear protective goggles and gloves when working with cutting and heating tools.

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