How to Turn a Picture into a Mirror

Turning a Picture into a Mirror…It’s Magic: ORC Week 6

And the Tragedy…

Welcome back to week 6 of the One Room Challenge organized and hosted by Linda from Calling it Home and media partner House Beautiful.  This would have been reveal week, but due to mother nature creating havoc everywhere, we have been granted a one week extension.

Living room makeover, One Room Challenge week 1

If you are just catching up you must see Week 1: The Plan , Week 2: Painting Doors and Trim , Week 3: Surviving a Reno Stress Free , Week 4: Board and Batten, Solo in Just 3 Days , and Week 5: My Current Love Affair with Blue Decor

The extra week gave me a chance to slow it down a bit and not be in such a frenzy to get it done (my hubby is so grateful…less upheaval in our home).

It also gave me the chance to add a few more details to the space and to show you how to turn an old picture (just not my style) into an amazing mirror.  Which turned out GREAT until I snapped the corner of the glass putting back in the frame…I could have cried, cursed, stomped my foot and may have done all three.

I am still sharing the how to in this post, because this is the neatest thing since sliced bread, there just aren’t any pictures.  You can see how I turned an old door into a mirror in THIS POST just so you know I am telling the truth (wink, wink)

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Easy repurpose diy turning and old picture into a mirror using looking glass spray

I have wanted a BIG mirror forever!  You know, the kind that is classy and large and sits on the floor…oh, and that costs a small fortune.  Like these…


Since neither of these are in the budget (because I had to have my gorgeous rug) and because I can never bring myself to throw away a perfectly good piece of art (even if it isn’t my style)…

I turned to the magic of Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray!  This spray is the most AMAZING product EVER!!

So here is how I did it…

Supplies needed:

  • One large piece of art to repurpose, you have to have the frame and glass…we don’t care about what is in it.
  • 2 cans of Krylon Looking Glass Spray
  • Windex
  • Paper towel or newspaper

Make sure to use this spray in a well ventilated area.  It really is best to use it outside (trust me, the fumes from this spray are VERY strong), but once the rain came through here in Indiana November finally turned into November and I had to do this in the garage.

Prep the Glass

  • Remove the glass from the frame
  • clean with ammonia free windex using a paper towel or newspaper
  • wipe with a lint free cloth

Make the Magic Happen

  • Shake the can well
  • Spray a test spray to get any moisture out of the nozzle
  • Spray in even strokes across the glass
  • Allow to dry 10-15 minutes between coats
  • May take 4-6 coats to achieve a mirror like finish

And that is all there is to it.  It isn’t a perfectly clear mirror finish, but it is a mirror nevertheless.  Magic, I tell ya!

I sanded the frame and added some minwax stain in provincial, applying it with a spouncer to the detail so that it would add depth and character to the frame.

Easy repurpose diy turning and old picture into a mirror using looking glass spray

And that is where it all went south!  I didn’t have the glass properly supported when putting it back in the frame and the corner snapped right off.  A chunk so big that I couldn’t even fake it for pictures.  Refer to week 4’s post for how to have a stress free reno.

So, I went into my stash (we all have them, right?) and got out another mirror.  It isn’t nearly as big, about a fourth of the size, but it will do until I can get a piece of mirror cut.  Yes, I plan on having it put in the frame by someone wherever I take it.  Oh well….plan B!

Easy repurpose diy turning and old picture into a mirror using looking glass spray

This week also saw the completion of my painted upholstery project and painting a picture frame blue (go figure) to put this map art in.  I love how it really makes the map stand out now!  The week wasn’t a total loss.

Easy repurpose diy turning and old picture into a mirror using looking glass spray


Easy repurpose diy turning and old picture into a mirror using looking glass spray

Next week is reveal week and here is what is done…

  • paint the walls and add an architectural detail to the room
  • fix the carpet at the entry and replace tiles
  • clean the carpet
  • turn an old cedar chest into a cushioned bench
  • create a new media console for under the TV
  • create and purchase new wall art
  • replace vertical blind with new updated plantation style blind
  • source or make new throw pillows
  • repurpose an old piece of art into a mirror
  • refinish side table, and current console table
  • refurbish 2 chairs or reupholster 1 chair
  • purchase an area rug to tie the whole space together
  • pull it all together in a room with way too many openings and doors

I am excited for next week and the reveal…and finally the completion of this project!!  Make sure to visit the featured participants and the guest participants for more great progress reports and DIY’s at the links below!!

Featured Participants

Guest Participants


Until next time,







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  1. Oh Susanne! So sorry about your mirror! What a bummer! But happy you weren’t injured. Also happy to see your painted upholstery! WOW! What a great color! Your room is going to be blow-your-hair-back awesome! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Nope, no injury..I was smart enough to have gloves on. I love the color of the chairs too!! They really set off the rug 🙂 I can’t wait to show off the whole room..thank you for suggesting I do this!!

  2. Oh no, I’m so sorry the glass broke 🙁 that’s such a bummer. You’ll have to head to the thrift store and find an ugly old picture in an awesome frame you can paint and make a new one 🙂 I can’t wait to see your room reveal next week!

    1. Thank you my friend, it was indeed a blow to the reveal 🙁 And my pocket having to buy mirror for it, lol!!

  3. I am too sorry about the snapped mirror, we have all been there. Glad you had a plan B, I am super excited to see it all come together next week !!!!

  4. Oh no Susanne! That has happened to me too! I’ve sworn off all projects with glass for a while (besides the vintage secretary that is sitting in my garage. Oh and the table sitting in my car…. I guess I forgot that I swore off glass….) 😉 Can’t wait until next week!

    1. Hahaha!! The things we do Emy!! Plan B isn’t nearly as grand as plan A, but it will do for now 😉

  5. Awwww that is too bad about the glass! I hate when things like that happen, but you have the right attitude! I know your reveal will be awesome!

  6. Sorry about the mirror but this project is seriously awesome. I read through the tutorial in detail…perhaps I may try it one day! I LOVE mirrors and I totally hear you about those massive ones that are completely out of budget. I can’t wait to see how your new space looks in next week’s reveal. I’m sure it will be fab! Good luck!

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