Window-Frame Mirror

Create a looking glass with a different look.

Want to see something different in the mirror? Check out this project.

Materials and Tools:

old window frame (with or without glass)
putty knife
heat gun
screwdriver
mirror pieces cut to the size of the windowpanes
cardboard
pencil
razor knife
new glazing points*
swivel hangers
beeswax
brush
cloth

*small metal pieces that hold the glass in place while the glazing sets, available in most hardware stores

Steps:

  1. Hold a heat gun close to a section of glazing for about 30 seconds to soften it, and then move to the next section. Remove the softened glazing with a putty knife.
  2. When the glazing has been removed, use a screwdriver to carefully pry out the glazing points.
  3. Remove the glass from the window frame.
  4. Trace each mirror pane on cardboard, and cut around the outline with a razor knife.
  5. Fit each mirror pane into place, and back it with its corresponding piece of cardboard. Secure each mirror by pressing glazing points into place about 6 to 8 inches apart.
  6. Attach swivel hangers about one-half to two-thirds of the way up the back of the mirror.
  7. To give the old wood a new luster, apply beeswax with a brush and buff it with a cloth.

    Tip: Old window frames may also be used as picture frames, pot racks or works of art hung over a shelf and decorated with a grapevine wreath.
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