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Tall Shabby MirrorMy wife has been after me to repaint this mirror for quite a while ,since we redecorated this room in the summer in fact. When I built the TV Unit and the bookcase she wanted me to both antique the mirror glass and also paint it a distressed grey from it’s original gold.

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The mirror was a modern reproduction in an antiqued gold finish as per the picture above which is an identical one we have in another room. I’ve had a go at antiquing mirror glasses before and a quick search of the web will show you there are two methods. The right method and my method. The proper method involves several chemicals I don’t have access to so I just experimented. I applied standard paint stripper to the back of the glass to remove the protective layer of paint from the silver. In this case it took several applications as the paint was quite thick. I then scrapped, scrubbed and sanded the silver from the back side to create shadowing and spots in the mirror. Finally I repainted the back black to emphasise the antiquing.

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Next it was time to paint the frame which I gave a single generous coat of grey half matt water based paint.

Mirror 016While the paint was still wet I used a damp cloth removed some of the paint from the moulded areas. It was the first time I’ve tried this technique and annoyingly I can’t remember which site I first saw it on but thank you whoever it was.

Tall Grey Mirror Antiqued and Distressed.I then used a stippling brush to work a black glaze into the nooks and crannies.

Mirror 021Finally I used a cloth to again rub back the finish to bring the gold and grey back through.

Tall Grey Mirror Antiqued and Distressed.My wife was so pleased with the finished result she want’s me to do the other one now! Aren’t I lucky…

Tall Grey Mirror Antiqued and Distressed.

Thanks for reading The Shabby Side of Chic

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