It’s no surprise that many home accessories can be costly, and an antique mirror is no exception. In fact, a true antique mirror can cost some serious cash. However, the right antique mirror can really pull home decor in a space together. Fortunately, there are ways to get the look of an antique mirror and pull together your home accessories and decor on a budget. This basic how-to guide will give an idea of the process of giving a new mirror an antique appearance.these tips from FiresideAntiques.com offers excellent info on this.
It’s very important that you work in a well ventilated area. No home decor item is worth getting sick over and you’ll be working with chemicals that can cause serious illness if prolonged exposure occurs.
Tools and Materials for Antiquing a Mirror
To recreate the look of an antiqued mirror, whether it be an oval mirror, a square mirror or a rectangular mirror, you’ll need a few tools and materials. Items you’ll need include cardboard, paint stripper, chemical-safe gloves, a putty knife, some old lint-free rags, water, a spray bottle, paint and muriatic acid.
Muriatic acid is also known as hydrochloric acid, which should make it relatively easy to find for your antiquing project.
How to Antique a Mirror
To start, you’ll use the frame from the mirror and the paper backing. Then place the mirror face-down on the cardboard covered surface to protect it from scratches and other damage.
Using your chosen paint stripper solution, you’ll need to remove the paint from the back of your chosen square, rectangular or oval mirror. You’ll need to use the putty knife and the old rags to complete this task. Be sure to wear goggles and your chemical-proof gloves during this process, as paint stripper will burn your skin.
Once you’ve gotten all of the paint off, you’ll need to clean the mirror using soap and water. Dry the surface thoroughly before moving to the next step.
Using your spray bottle, you’ll need to spray this home decor item with the muriatic acid solution. Do not saturate the mirror, but rather spray it lightly starting from the outside edges and working toward the center of the mirror. Do not spray the entire mirror, but rather spray various areas and focus much of the spray around the edges, as that is where most natural antiquing occurs.
Only allow the muriatic acid to sit for approximately one minute. Any longer and it will completely remove all of the finish, which completely defeats the purpose of antiquing these home accessories. After a minute, you’ll want to clean the area using soap and water and then dry the area thoroughly before moving on.
Finally, using your desired paint color, you’ll paint the back of the mirror. The paint will shine through your antiqued spots, so keep this in mind when choosing colors to match the rest of your home decor. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before replacing the frame and rehanging the mirror.