I saw a CURB ALERT notice on Craigslist, old windows on the curb—I dashed out the door! But there was only one I wanted from the stack~plus an old window screen with fabulous patina in the mesh! No doubt that will become a future cabinet door!
Anyway- back to the window I liked. It was the only divided light window, 2 over 2. And it was truly old with hand made wavy glass that I didn’t notice till after—beautiful! I probably should have taken all the others just to save all that glass—sigh.
OH! And I removed the added scabbed-on piece from the right side.
I wanted to add some transfers before making this one into a mirror.
These were my chosen images—from the Graphics Fairy & just generally online.
Now~I may suck at transferring images to anything else, but I usually have no issues with glass.
If you wrap heavy card stock paper with plastic wrap (tape it down on the backside), the printer ink has some open time before setting up so you can literally just press/touch your image against the glass to transfer, you don’t even have to rub it! And, in fact—you can usually get 2 or 3 impressions from each printing. The 1st being GOOD, the 2nd is decent, the 3rd is a ghost—which makes it more fun –I think!
I’ve learned not to clean the glass unless it’s awful~it adds to the “old” look. I also like to spritz either rubbing alcohol or vinegar before spraying the silvering paint~it too adds another layer of “old.”
Below you can see the beginnings of spraying the silver Looking Glass paint.
After the silvering dried I covered it in black matte spray paint (because I was out of dark brown). . .
. . .to protect the silvering,
but also because the silvering does seem to be more reflective with it. *Dark brown seems to be most commonly found on the back of mirrors, but I’ve never learned why.
I did ultimately paint the back a white’ish color –for aesthetics– to meld in with the front finish, which is a “messy,” mottled, and distressed finish.