How Do You Antique a Mirror?


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To antique a mirror, remove the paint from the back of the mirror, treat it with muriatic acid and paint it with an antique gold spray paint. This eliminates the original silver finish and introduces a murky gold appearance for the antique look.

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Work in a well-ventilated area and on a protected work surface. Painter's drop cloths or newsprint work well for a table or floor space on which to work.

Step 1: Prepare the mirror

Remove the mirror from its frame, turn it over and spray it with a generous coat of paint stripper. Using a plastic scraper or putty knife, remove all the paint from the back of the mirror, then wipe it down with a clean cloth until no moisture remains.

Step 2: Treat with muriatic acid

While wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, pour muriatic acid into a spray bottle, then spray the back of the mirror. This process is subjective; the more acid is used, the more "antiqued" the mirror will appear. In areas where the acid is sprayed, reflections will be distorted and unclear.

Step 3: Paint the mirror

After drying the mirror, spray the entire back of the piece with an antique gold spray paint. In places where the muriatic acid dissolved the mirror's reflective coating, the gold color will be visible. When satisfied with the finished product, replace the mirror in its frame and hang it.

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