I’m always intrigued by how people use texture to define a space. During a night out a couple weeks ago, one piece in particular caught my eye – it was a beautiful antique mirror set just above our booth. In fact, the place was full of them.
I got to thinking, there’s got to be a way to recreate that look without spending an arm and a leg, or waiting 100 years for it to happen on its own. Sure enough, there is. Here are the simple steps you can take to transform a regular mirror into a one-of-a-kind statement that’s sure to get you some compliments.
First, head over to your local hardware store and pick up some Krylon Looking Glass solution, a spray bottle, white vinegar and some paper towels.
In a well-ventilated area, place your mirror down on a sheet or other protective layer, and tape off the frame to protect it from the solution. After cleaning the mirror thoroughly, spray it down with a few spritzes of a vinegar-water solution – about 50% water, 50% vinegar. Next, spray the glass down with the Krylon solution, making sure not to be too regular with your patterns. Let the mirror dry completely, about 10 minutes, and repear the process two to three more times.
Remove the tape from the frame, clean off the glass, and there you have it – an antique mirror you created all on your own.
If you want to go even more custom with it, try using a frameless mirror from the hardware store – this will also keep you from having to tape down the frame. You can then select a frame style to match the look you’re going for from the Frame My Mirror catalog. My personal favorites for the antique look? The Camden Reverse in the Nickel finish or the Humbolt in Black and Copper. Either would look great.
Be sure to send us pictures of your completed project so we can see how it all turned out!