before & after: elizabeth’s + rebecca’s mirrors

This window-makeover project makes me want to run to the store immediately and grab some mirrored glass spray. And we all know how I feel about fireplaces (I want one!). So it’s safe to say that I’m in love with the way Elizabeth has repurposed this ornate window into a stunning statement piece to hang over her mantle. Luckily, Elizabeth has provided full instructions on her site for how to recreate this project, including tips on how to use her three-hook hanging system, which I must say, looks lovely. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! — Kate

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You can’t take one step in my local garden center without bumping into something that looks identical to this metal sun piece, which is why I usually try to avoid going there. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the occasional curated collection of purely decorative objects in a garden, but they can be a bit irritating en masse. Rebecca was able to spot the beauty within this beast, and for that I applaud her. With a simple paint job and a change of face (literally), this sad sun — well maybe not sad, but definitely cross-eyed — is now a retro starburst-style mirror. Not only does it look expensive, but it’s versatile, chic and useful as well. Great work, Rebecca!


I can’t believe I was unaware that mirror glass exists. I’m swooning, and, incidentally, headed straight for the home improvement store when I leave work…


Thanks for the comments everyone! I did the first mirror. Monica and Samantha, I found the spray paint (Krylon’s looking Glass) at a big art store (Sam Flax) here in Atlanta, and I bet that Michael’s carries it. I haven’t yet seen it at any hardware stores. Thanks again, yall!


i love both of these! awesomeness!

elizabeth could have chosen to just hang it the regular ‘ol way of hanging (aka: behind the mirror) but choosing to let the wires show and creating a pattern that simultaneously matches & compliment the patterns of the window frame is an excellent design choice!

rebecca’s choice to hide the creepy sun is the best thing she could have done! simplicity at its best! :)

Mackenzie {Design Darling}

The vintage window-turned-mirror is hugely inspiring. What a brilliant idea! I love the way it’s hung too — simple and elegant. Now where to find an old window? ;) Great work, Elizabeth!


yeah, i’d never heard of mirror glass spray either. need to keep that in my mental inventory of ideas!

Debbie Carroll

So transformative! Like some of the others, I too was unaware you could buy this, now I’ll be looking for ways to use it everywhere :)

Shannon Orr

Absolutely going to make one of these!! Can’t wait until I find the right kind of window…and spray mirroring…who knew! Thanks.


So nice. I am on the search for a bell jar just like the one with the pumpkin, even with the bottom piece. Where can I find?


Love both the mirror creations! Also, found the squash in the yellow bowl amusing, as I thought the whole arrangement was some kind of a bird . . . subliminal wabi-sabi?