How do I make this mirror frame look rustic or westhered?


i purchased this mirror which was described as a wood frame mirror. It is not wood but a hard cherry wood looking plastic. I want to make it weathered rustic? Any suggestions?

q how do i make this mirror frame look rustic or westhered

Cherrywood look mirror

  8 answers
  • Jillkster Jillkster on Nov 24, 2018

    Try re-painting the frame with unicorn spit, and or salting paint technique (it pops up on hometalk every now and again). Good luck, plastic ‘faux’ wood is not fun to work with.

  • Heje Heje on Nov 24, 2018

    Rustoleum has paint for plastic so does fusion that work well.

  • Black Hills Rosie Black Hills Rosie on Nov 24, 2018

    I have partially swirled together 2 colors of hobby acrylic paint, then used an almost dry brush to stroke the blend onto the frame with nice results. If you want the frame to look lighter, first paint it with white or another light shade before doing the streaked effect. Hope this helps.

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 24, 2018

    CW your frame is exactly the style I want to achieve. Great! Please if you may provide the two colors and technique also do I seal it afterward?

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 24, 2018

    Heje thanks I had not thought of Rustoleum paint.

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 24, 2018

    Thank you Jillkster. I have read this faux plastic is not easy to work with. I was afraid of trying anything until I heard from Hometalk helpers. Thx

  • Gail Christiansen Gail Christiansen on Nov 26, 2018

    Check out the new "chalk" paints. Can find everywhere ! coat, let dry. 2nd coat different color, dry brush on. Let dry, decide if want it lighter or darker, then dry brush on preferred shade. When your satisfied spray on a sealer to protect. If really want smooth, do fine sanding before start. If want really rustic look, remove mirror from frame, Then dent, pound on, deep scratch plastic frame. Or go to lumberyard and ask to look thru rough, throw out, wood scraps. They usually charge .50 cents per yard. MITER CUT corners for neater fit, or blunt cut ends to fit, more rustic looking.

    Hot glue over plastic frame and screw in 2 extra slim, screws in each piece wood. Be sure to predrill holes, or plastic will split, Now your surface is rustic, and can be paint or stained. Post pictures when done.

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Nov 28, 2018

    Thank you very much for details!! Thx Gail

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