Mirrors are excellent way to bring light into your living space and give the illusion of space in an otherwise cramped room. Antique mirrors have a unique charm and lend an Old World feel to your decor. They're distinguished by a cloudy or murky surface and a faded or cracked frame. Quality antique mirrors are rare, however, and often quite expensive. Making your own distressed mirror is a less costly undertaking, although it needs to be done carefully to avoid ruining a good mirror.
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Things you need
- Dust sheet or newspaper
- Razor blade
- Muriatic acid
- Spray bottle
- Paint or shellac
Lay the mirror on a flat surface protected by a dust sheet or newspaper with the reflective side down.
Scrape off the grey backing using a sharp razor blade or by rubbing it with muriatic acid.
Spray a commercial antiquing product on the silver backing to "distress" it or spritz bleach on the mirror. This creates a pattern of black dots on the surface of the mirror called "foxing."
Wipe the product using a soft rag across the back of the mirror to create a cloudy surface.
Drizzle and pour the solution on the back of the mirror to create a marbled look using a cup.
Seal the back of the mirror using paint or shellac after the effect has dried.
Tips and warnings
- The frame can be distressed using sandpaper or paint thinner.
- Open windows and wear gloves when applying muriatic acid.
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