Friday, June 12, 2015

How To Create a Faux Vintage Mirror on Glass

Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
I am currently working on a project that is LONG overdue for completion. 

Dumpster Dive Grandfather Clock- From My Front Porch To Yours
See this here clock? I found this clock on the curb one morning when taking Oldest & Littlest to school. I was that crazy lady in her pjs trying to shove it in the back of my car by myself. If you want to read more about it and see what the clock looked like when I picked it up be sure to read the original post. I got started on making it over right away and then I stopped. It sat and it sat and it sat and well here we are 3.5 years later. Did you see that in tiny print?;) I am so embarrassed that this clock has sat so long in its unfinished state but alas I am finally inspired to complete it. Secretly I was hoping to stumble upon a faux Mora clock but that has not happened so I am just going with what I have.
Grandfather Clock Found In Trash Makeover- From My Front Porch To Yours
The clock does not work so I decided to take out the insides which left me to thinking of what to do to the door so you will not be able to see that the insides are gone. Some of you may be wondering why on earth I would even want a clock that does not work? What can I say, I am quirky like that.
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
I took the door off so I could clean the paint off the glass. See I have an aversion to using painters tape. I only use it when I absolutely must. The first go around it was not a must. Thankfully the paint came off fairly easy with a wet paper towel.
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
Next I decided that painters tape was a must and tapped off the glass.
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
I purchased some Krylon Looking Glass spray paint in silver. It is about $13 a can but I had a 40% off coupon which made the price not so bad. You can find it at most local craft stores.
Equal Parts Water Vinegar-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
You will also need some distilled white vinegar and water.
Gold Spray Paint-Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
Since I was working with spray paint I had to take my project outside into the shade. Man it is hot here in Texas! Anyways, here are all the supplies I used to create the faux vintage mirror effect on the glass.

Krylon Looking Glass in Silver
Rust-Oleum Metallic Finish in Gold
Rust-Oleum Clear Coat- Optional
Paper Towels
Equal Parts of Water and White Distilled Vinegar
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
I mixed equal parts of the vinegar and water in a measuring cup and just flicked it onto the glass with my fingers. I made sure that there were small droplets as well as larger droplets.
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
Next up I sprayed on the Krylon Looking Glass in Silver. I made sure to give it a good coating. As you can see the paint sits on top of the vinegar/water droplets. 
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
Wait a minute or two for the paint to some what dry then GENTLY dab the droplets with a paper towel. It does not take much pressure! If you press too hard you risk leaving the impression from the paper towel design and you certainly do not want that to happen.
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Step by Step Directions- From My Front Porch To Yours
Next up I flicked some more vinegar/water on the glass and sprayed a light coat of gold spray paint over the silver looking glass spray paint. I waited the same amount of time and dabbed it off. Continue these steps till you achieve the final look you are happy with. I ended up going back over it all with the silver looking glass spray paint to achieve the final look I wanted. I then sprayed the back of the glass with a light coat of clear coat. This is optional but I did it because I did not want to risk the back getting scratched and messing up the look. Without the clear coat it is very easy to scratch the paint off.
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect- From My Front Porch To Yours
Here is the completed look! It was sorta hard to get a good picture of it because of how sunny it was outside. 
Faux Antique Mirror Tutorial-Faux Vintage Mirror Effect on Glass- From My Front Porch To Yours
Now I am off to finish painting the clock itself. Hope to have it ready to share soon so be sure to stop back by!

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13 comments:

  1. It turned out great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. Looking good-I am want to try too now!

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  3. Beautiful Pamela!! I think I might add looking glass paint to my ever growing grocery list :)

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  4. Nice. Liking what I'm seeing.

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  5. What a fabulous way to transform the clock! I love vintage mirror look you created and what a great tutorial too!

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  6. Giiiiiiiirl. I am the same way about pcking up things, projects waiting their time to get done, quirky projects, and painters tape. It's as if we are twinsies :) I'm lovin it!

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  7. So glad to know I'm not the only one who takes her time with projects! The mirror looks great, and I can't wait to see the rest!

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  8. It looks great Pamela. I just did this with an old wood window, but I didn't use vinegar. I had so much fun doing it and wanted to turn everything into a mirror. ;)

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  9. This is so interesting and I'm still chuckling about being in PJ's shoving a big old heavy clock into the car :)

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  10. Wow...love it and can't believe you found it on the curb!...Well worth getting it in the car wearing your PJ's!

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  11. It looks great Pamela can't wait for the full reveal!!

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