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July 23, 2013

The Looking Glass (How to turn ordinary glass into a mirror)

This was the little project that could. Inspired by Pinterest, I kept coming across these fabulous looking time-worn mirrors that were DIYed using ordinary picture frame glass. Determined that our outdoor space needed A Looking Glass, I went on the hunt for this magical product. 

I drove to every craft and home improvement store in our town and throughout the neighboring city. The clerks looked at me like I was from another planet, "you want what?"

Persistence is one of my strong suits and Determination is my middle name, so I contacted the folks at Krylon and learned that it is not available in Canada. What!!!!! When I say I wanted this product, I mean I WANTED IT BAD and I found it on Amazon. Shipping and duty cost more than double the price of the actual product but like I said, I wanted it BAD.


Turning ordinary glass into a mirror

So when UPS showed up at my door, I did the happy dance. Here is that liquid gold, Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.


Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Like Paint

You may be asking yourselves, so why didn't she just go out and buy a mirror? Because I had to see this stuff in action and if it worked, then just think of the possibilities for other fun projects!

And the fun begins...


How To Turn Ordinary Glass Into A Looking Glass Mirror

Spray fine coats on the back side of the glass and let dry around five minutes between coats and that is all there is to it!

Coat #1

Glass after one coat of reflective spray paint


Coat #2

Glass after two coats of reflective spray paint


Coat #3

Glass after three coats of reflective spray paint

Coat #4

Glass after four coats of reflective spray paint

Coat #5

Glass after five coats of reflective spray paint

Coat #6

Glass after six coats of reflective spray paint

What I love about this finish is that it remains slightly opaque after it dries which makes it more interesting than just a plain ordinary mirror.

Ordinary glass DIYed into a mirror

The picture frame I found in our basement storage room. I painted it with chalk paint in the color Versailles. I gave it a lightly distressed finish by sanding back some of the colors to reveal the wood underneath. Because it is hanging outside, I applied several coats of exterior polyurethane to protect the finish.

So that my friends is how to turn ordinary glass into a Looking Glass!

I found the perfect spot for it on our deck.  When you are sitting in the Adirondack chairs facing the house, you now see a view of the yard.  Love it!


Regular glass into Outdoor mirror

I must say it was worth the cost of having the Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint shipped because it was so much fun to try. I plan on turning dollar store glass into mirrored glass next.

Have you ever used looking glass spray paint? Has this inspired you to give it a try?

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