How to Make Mirrors Look Old

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How to Make Mirrors Look Old
Give your mirror an aged appearance with liquid drain cleaner. (the mirror image by Jan Will from

Antique mirrors add a touch of elegance to a room's décor. Original antique mirrors can be expensive but you can create one with a corrosive liquid, such as drain cleaner. This liquid will eat through anything it touches, so protect your hands with gloves. To diffuse the fumes, work in a well-ventilated room or take your work outside.

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Things you need

  • Newspapers
  • Liquid drain cleaner
  • Foam brush
  • Cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Gloves

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  1. 1

    Spread some old newspaper on a flat surface and place the mirror on it, face down. Remove any paper from the back of the mirror. Remove it carefully if you wish to replace it afterwards.

  2. 2

    Pour a small amount of drain cleaner onto the exposed back of the mirror. Spread the liquid over the surface with a foam brush then let it sit for about 5 minutes. Wipe it off with a dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Sand the back of the mirror lightly with sandpaper. Ensure that your strokes are irregular so that your work results in an authentic looking antique mirror.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the mirror acquires the look you want. Check the front of the mirror as you work.

  5. 5

    Reattach the paper on the back of the mirror with a bit of glue in each corner.

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