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

Wood framed, multi-paned windows have an old-fashioned, plain look that complements rustic décor.
Recycle an old window into a wall mirror.Recycle an old window into a wall mirror.
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.

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Things You Will 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

About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.