Whether your home is shabby chic, traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, you might enjoy decorating with antique mirrors for one of a kind decor. 

You can give a new mirror an antique patina without the antique price tag. 

Consider antiquing mirrored accessories, mirrored furniture, and wall mirrors. 

This project will require paint stripper, old rags, a putty knife, dish soap, water, muriatic acid, a spray bottle, and paint. 

How to Antique a Mirror to Make it Fabulousphoto courtesy of Jorge Barrios commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venetian_Mirror.JPGRemove Backing
Take your mirror to a well ventilated area. 

Remove the mirror's frame and paper backing. 

Put the mirror face down on a table covered in newspaper, cardboard, or another material you can throw away.

 

Paint Stripper
Using paint stripper, remove the paint on the back of the mirror. 

Rags and a putty knife will help in the paint removal. 

Make sure to follow all safety suggestions listed on the paint stripper packaging. 

You don't have to be totally perfect in your paint removal, but you should remove at least 90% of the paint.

 

Clean
Once the paint is removed, clean the mirror surface with dish soap and water. 

Dry the surface to make sure the mirror is clean.

 

Muriatic Acid
Put muriatic acid in a spray bottle.

Make sure to follow all safety suggestions listed on the muriatic acid packaging.

Spray the back of the mirror lightly with the acid starting at the corners and working inward. 

Do not spray all of the mirror, just a bit here and there.  The corners should be sprayed heavier than the inside since that is where antique mirrors are mostly aged. 

The muriatic acid will eat through the silvering on the mirror, which should only take about one minute.

 

Clean Again
Once you are finished using the muriatic acid, clean the mirror surface with dish soap and water. 

Dry the surface to make sure the mirror is clean.

 

Paint Back
Paint the back of your mirror with your desired paint color. 

You can use spray paint or paint that is brushed on. 

Popular colors choices are black, antique gold, green, or silver. 

Keep in mind that the color you select will show through the antiqued spots. 

You can even mix different colors (or lighter and darker values of the same color) to get your desired effect. 

Start with a light coat of paint and keep adding light coats until you get your desired look.

Wait for the paint to dry then you are ready to use your mirror again.

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