We love antiques, but what we don’t love is the price! If you’ve ever seen any antique mirrors at flea markets or antique shops, and wanted one for your home, here is an easy way to recreate the same look for cheap!
Giving a mirror an antique look is an easy way to spruce up a flea market find, or add a layer of interest to an ordinary mirror. Any type of mirror can be aged using this method, and that includes mirrored plexiglass.
You’ll This is what you’ll need:
– A mirror or plexiglass.
– Latex gloves to protect your hands.
– Paint stripper.
– Putty knife.
– Modern Masters Metal Effects Black Patina or regular bleach. This solution is an acid that eats at the surface of the mirror. Modern Masters works well and can be found online or in most art supply stores. If you’re cheap (like us!) you can use regular household bleach. The effect is the same.
– 1″ chip brush.
– Silver paint of your choice.
Put on the gloves and place the mirror face down on a protected surface. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Apply the paint stripper to the back of the mirror and allow it to sit for a few hours, or until the paint can be easily removed. When you’ve stripped the paint, wash the mirror with soap and water and allow it to dry.
Place the mirror again on a protected surface and dip your brush into the patina (or bleach) solution and apply it to the raw reflective surface of the mirror. Mirrors age from the edges inward, so it’s best to apply the patina in heavier amounts around the edges. In a few minutes the patina will begin to eat away at the reflective surface. Continue applying the patina until the level of ageing is achieved. Rinse the mirror with water to stop the ageing process. Allow to dry.
Now you need to reapply paint to the back of the mirror. The color of the paint will be visible through the spots that were eaten away by the patina. Antique aged mirrors tend to have silver-grey spots. Apply paint until the reflective surface is covered completely and allow it to dry.
That’s it! Now you’re finished!
If you are looking to give your mirror a special, unique look, you can always consider cutting a plain mirror into your desired shape at ADS laser cutting. Instead of settling on a circular or rectangular mirror, think of all the possibilities like Moroccan shaped mirrors, diamonds, e.t.c.
Photos and idea: Apartment Therapy, Decor Adventures.