One of the most difficult things about moving is where to hang stuff on the walls. Most of our wall decor was purchased for our previous home. Some of it worked in our new home. Some of it didn’t. And we had this one empty wall that needed something.
How about a DIY Faux Antique Glass Mirror?
I had this mirror from over the fireplace (at our last house) that would really fill the area nicely. The size was right, the scale was good ~ only problem ~ when you came through the front door of our new house you would see this mirror at the back of the house. It was too reflective for this spot. Who really wants to be greeted from the back of the house by their reflection? Not me!
What’s a girl gonna do. Remember this project where I did DIY Mercury Glass. Well this got me thinking about making DIY Faux Antique Glass Mirror. When I started checking into how to antique a mirror the instructions always included using paint strippers and other harsh chemicals. Way too much trouble and way too many chemicals.
Well, a mirror is just a piece of glass was a reflective surface. Could I possibly take my Looking Glass Paint (affiliate link) and give it an antique-ish look? And do it in about an hour?
Instead of applying the process to the back of the mirror ~ could I apply it to the front of the mirror? Let’s see.
I needed all of the same supplies from my previous project.
Krylon Looking Glass Paint (amazon affiliate) – I already had this from the other project.
Spray Bottle – be sure it can mist
A few rags (I used some old Un-Paper Towels)
First, I (actually Mr. SH) removed the mirror from the frame and set it on an old sheet in the garage.
My purpose was to create a surface that could bounce light around but not be as reflective as a mirror. The only other thing we did was add a protective finish to the mirror. I was afraid that the Looking Glass Paint/Vinegar technique might need a bit more protecting since this technique was applied to the surface and not the back of a piece of glass.
To protect my surface, I used a Minwax Water-based Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Satin (affiliate link). This can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
An now it nicely fills in a formerly bare spot.