How to Antique a Mirror

How to Antique a Mirror

Do you want to know how to take a brand new mirror and make it look like a family heirloom?  I have just the way for you.

Here’s what you need:

1. New mirror (or new to you)
2. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – in any color you desire (if you’re new to chalk paint a sample size works great for this).
3. Paint Brush
4. Wet rag
5. Mineral Spirits
6. Annie Sloan Dark Wax
7. Annie Sloan Light Wax (optional)

When I decided to keep Isla I really wanted a big mirror to hang above her.  I scoured antique shops, craigslist and consignment stores to find just the right one, but I couldn’t find anything.  I was strolling through Home Goods and found this mirror:
It was very gold, but that was okay because it wasn’t going to stay that way.  It is extremely large and heavy and well made.  I paid $59 for it.  I got my chalk paint out and mixed a luscious color combining Provence and Old White in equal parts.  It is very similar to a lightened shade of the Tiffany’s box.

I brushed on two coats of color with my ASCP brush.  If you don’t have one you can use a chip brush or a purdys brush.
Here’s how two coats of paint looked while drying:
Once completely dry, take a wet rag and wipe away on the raised areas so some gold shines through.  You can go as heavy as you like with this.  Annie Sloan calls this a soft gilded finish.

I wanted an aged look so I mixed together mineral spirits, dark wax and a little light wax to a pudding like consistancy:

I brushed this mixture on and then ragged off access in small sections.  So the mirror looked like this:

Here’s a view of he full mirror:

Then simply hang!  You’ll have a mirror that looks like a family heirloom, for the fraction of the cost.

My “antique” mirror in our bedroom

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  1. SO, SO pretty! I love that!

  2. Looks just wonderful Danielle! Great job!

  3. you are clever! gorgeous colour and love it in your bedroom.

  4. Love the mirror you did a great job, thanks for the tip.


  5. Both the color and the wax are wonderful to transform this mirror.

  6. Pretty! Really pretty!

  7. Beautiful! Great tutorial too! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend. Have a great weekend!

  8. Beautiful, love the color. Dee from My Painted Stuff

  9. That mirror is gorgeous! Thanks for showing us the how-to.

  10. What a beautiful mirror, and I love the color! Great job!
    I’d love it if you linked this to my new linky party, “What We’ve Accomplished Wednesdays.”

    Have a great weekend!

  11. Oh wow…..I was just thinking of redoing our bathroom mirror. So this couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks :)

  12. I ADORE this project!!! GORGEOUS!!!!…hugs…

  13. It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing your technique with us!

  14. Great tutorial! Love the color you chose as well. It looks beautiful.

  15. Great job!

  16. Beautiful mirror!! Love it!
    Vesna – HOME CHIC CLUB

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