Thrifted Mirror Turned Faux "Antiqued" Gold Beauty

3 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

I absolutely love antiqued mirrors! The detail, the chippy wood, the gold framing, all of it! The only problem.....the cost! I see these beautiful mirrors all the time at antique stores; but they typically carry a hefty price tag with them.


I found this old mirror the other day at the thrift store for $10; and knew it would look amazing with an antiqued gold finish. I knew the beautiful detail of the frame would definitely create an authentic look!


Cost of project is based on the price I paid for mirror. I had everything else on hand.

I found this old mirror at the thrift store. I loved the style and detail; but really wanted it to be gold. I mean, who doesn't love a vintage/antique gold mirror!?

This was the before. The white was pretty; just not what I wanted.

I decided to use a gold paint I had on hand. If you look back at my previous projects; you will see I used this paint for another mirror project as well.

I found a small medium size brush works the best for these type of projects.

After applying one coat, this was the result. I definitely wanted a much more vibrant gold look; so applied a total of three coats.

I wanted to add little texture to the gold paint, so I lightly dabbed a generous amount of paint along the frame to create the effect.

This is what the paint looked like after adding a little texturing throughout. I personally like the little bit of detailing it adds.

When painting a mirror frame, don't forget to do the sides as well for an even look.

After the frame was painted, I wanted to create a more "antiqued" look. I did this by lightly rubbing gel stain over the paint.


I focused more on the corners, in the detailing.


Important!! Remember to rub the stain off right away. This will leave just a stain look behind on the paint; creating a nice darker tone in the detail.

You can see the way the stain emphasizes the pretty detail.

Isn't she a beauty!!!

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