Asked on Mar 29, 2017

How can I turn a gold framed mirror into antique silver ?

Heidi Reiter
by Heidi Reiter
We have 2 bathroom vanity mirrors, just had the bathroom renovated, and we thought the gold mirrors would still look good, but they clash. They need to be transformed to an antique silver look.
Gold framed mirror inside bathroom.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 30, 2017

    Tape off the mirror portion with painters tape.Spray paint them with Rustoleums 2x in a metal finish to your desired taste.

    • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 30, 2017

      I would not spray as it often comes out splotchy. Use a foam brush if you choose to paint.

  • Diane Giroux Diane Giroux on Mar 30, 2017

    Silver leaf would look much better. Antique it after your done with a brown stain. Wipe it off and it looks great.

    • Selisa Selisa on Aug 30, 2020

      What brown stain? I painted a mirror with metallic silver leaf / but seems too light and I want to tone it down / but not sure how or what to use. Any guidance for you would be most appreciated!

  • Jawene Jawene on Mar 30, 2017

    My suggestion is also same as Diane-you will get the best look from this technique! I have done it on a lamp!

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 30, 2017

    If you choose to paint, use foam brush. Spray often comes out splotchy.

  • Centrd Centrd on Mar 30, 2017

    Rub n Buff applied over the gold can give a really great antique silver look. It comes in all different metal shades. Check out this woman's amazing blog, Renew Redo. She's used Rub n Buff on just about everything. And check out this link for more ideas.

  • Dixie Dixie on Mar 31, 2017

    I just re-did my bathroom which had all brass, including the mirror. I covered the mirror part and sprayed it with brushed nickel, using a paper towel to remove some of it so the gold sort of showed through. It's very nice. I did the same thing to my towel bars, etc.

  • Stacie Price-Crocker Stacie Price-Crocker on Apr 04, 2017

    I have this really heavy mirror that was beautiful but gold. I used silver acrylic paint with a foam brush. Now i think it's too much silver so my next step is to rub some antique dark paint on and then off in the cracks to give it some defintion and so the silver is not so over powering. I think with your frame as its not as wide as mine just the silver paint May work. Also if you can't take it down from the wall as your painting slip a piece of card stock or cardboard behind it as you're painting so you don't get it on the walls.good luck! BTW nice job so far on your bathroom upgrade.

  • Lisa Matthews Lisa Matthews on Apr 04, 2017

    Rub n Buff is made for picture frames. It can be purchased in good art shops or even spotlight carry it. Outside of that you can find it online. It comes in a variety of metallic finishes and is so easy. put a pea size on your cloth and rub it in. It usually picks up the raised surfaces which gives it a far more authentic look than a solid painted piece. If you do want to get into the grooves you can with a small paint brush or sponge.