Thursday, October 26, 2017

DIY Faux Vintage Mirror

I hope you're having a wonderful week.  I feel like October is flying by!  Don't you feel the same way?  Anyway, I did this project this Summer while I was decorating one of our guest rooms.

I had searched for a vintage mirror for a while, and the only ones I could find were more than I was willing to pay for them.  I also was trying to use some of the things I already had.  I had a mirror that I purchased from Ikea a few years ago.  Here is one that's similar (I forgot to take a before photo, so I took one while I was in Ikea).

I started by adding Citristrip Gel to the back to remove the mirror backing. Be sure to wear gloves, a mask and protective eye protection.  I didn't add it to the entire back, just certain spots.  I actually moved this outside.  It isn't a strong smelling stripper, I didn't want to get it on anything in the house.  

I actually let it set for several hours.  Next, I used a scraper and scraped the backing off of the mirror. You will want to scrape until you have basically scraped off the backing and mirror.  Just remember, if you scrape off too much, you can't put it back.  So, I started with small amounts.  It just depends on how much black, aged look you want.  I wanted it to be light and spotty.

Once you've scraped as much off of the mirror you want, you will use black spray paint to paint the exposed places on the back of the mirror.  This will give you the spotted aged black spots that are on vintage mirrors.  

The last thing I did was paint sparingly on the front of the mirror with 

You will want to cover or tape off your mirror frame so you don't get paint on it.  I didn't, because I actually loved the color on the frame.  The guest bedroom has soft colors and the black just didn't work.  I love how it turned out and I didn't break the bank on a real vintage mirror.

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  1. This is a great idea and tutorial! Love it!

  2. Whaaaat??? That’s awesome Heather! I’ve never seen it done like that! It turned out beautifully and I’m so glad you have my bedroom all Gorgeous for my visit😂😂

    1. Thank you sweet friend! You know I had you in mind when I decorated this room!! Beautiful room for a beautiful friend!


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