DIY Patina To Make A New Mirror Look Old

DIY mirror patina tutorial - make an new mirror look old with this simple tutorial.
Everyone loves antique mirrors with their patina of history and a mirror's life lived...myself included! I have several in my home, but I also have new mirrors or mirrored objects that are just too shiny for my taste. Here is how I give that timeworn look...
in an easy and non-toxic fashion...
Thes mirror shelves were once shiny and reflective, but this DIY mirror patina made them look old and antique.
Once again, more vintage Italian tole. I guess that you can say...obsession much!! Actually an "after" shot...but glass shelves were new additions that someone had cut when I bought the piece...
Use this Ready Strip varnish remover for your DIY mirror patina project to remove the mirroring.
I have a stock pile of this Ready Strip on hand from the days when I sold in local shops. Found at The Home Depot, and I believe that they still do carry it...or certainly similar brands. It's a green, non-toxic product that won't harm the environment and has little odor...
Step by step DIY mirror patina tutorial - putting the varnish stripper on the back of the mirror.
Paint the stripper on the BACK (reverse side) of the mirror with a large paintbrush that you can throw away or that is saved for stripping. I always wear heavy duty gloves with this sort of messy work! Leave the stripper on overnight or for 24 hours and then carefully scrape off with a plastic paint scraper. Do NOT use metal or you will scratch the glass!..
DIY mirror patina tutorial - step by step - removing the varnish and silver from the mirror to make it look old and antique.
Work carefully and leave some of the silvering there for authenticity. Keep looking at it from the front to see what it will look like until you get what you are going for. Wash off any remainder of the stripper with a cold wet rag. You can seal with a spray sealer if you want, but I did not in this instance...
DIY mirror patina tutorial - step by step - removing the varnish and silver from the mirror to make it look old and antique.
DIY mirror patina tutorial - step by step - removing the varnish and silver from the mirror to make it look old and antique.
Three mirrored shelves, each with a slightly different look so as not to appear contrived...
A similar DIY mirror patina project using a sponge to create a different texture on the mirror.
This was a free junk door mirror that I did a similar process to, but also used a sponge in removing some of the silvering...
Finished product in this DIY mirror patina tutorial.
One final tip...work outdoors and if possible use a drop cloth underneath. Although not toxic, this is a messy project and you'll thank me for that!

Have a great day...
xoxo,
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