DIY mirror

I could kick myself for not taking a before picture of this DIY mirror. So I am going to ask you to close your eyes and picture the before for me.

I moved to San Diego in 2010 and quickly found one of my favorite weekend hangouts: Kobey’s Swap Meet at the Sports Arena. My first trip there yielded two Asian panels in oversize frames. Picture an old, faded, torn Asian print behind plexiglass where the glass mirror now lives. I paid $30 for the pair!

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Create an antique silver finish

I designed a gray, black, white, coral, teal and silver space for an e-design client in San Diego (reveal to come in a couple of months). She had a lot of blank wall space in her front room, and I wanted to eat that up with a large mirror. We already had a lot of rectangles in the room, so I opted for a sunburst mirror, but I couldn’t find one that was large enough that I liked in silver, so I had her purchase this one.Melissa's_mirror
And told her I would teach her to create a faux antiqued silver finish.
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Here’s how you do it:
1. Tape off the mirror part. Start by priming the mirror with a silvery paint. We used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Gulf Winds. You can just get a sample size of this at Home Depot and apply it with a brush.

2. Spray several light coats (at least three) of Krylon’s ColorMaster silver spray paint. Follow the directions on the can for dry time between coats. Spray evenly and stop when you have a nice silvery finish.
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3. Use Behr Faux Glaze. Buy the smallest amount that you can. You will also need a bit of black paint. I would get a small acrylic black paint. You will need to tint your glaze, but you want total control over this process. Therefore, start with less, and you can always add more black until you have the color you’re after. Apply the glaze with a dry-brush technique. Dip your paintbrush just slightly into the paint and get off any excess by dabbing it on a paper towel. Then use short back-and-forth strokes to antique the mirror. Don’t worry if you put too much on or don’t like your first attempt. You can wipe off the glaze while it’s still wet.
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4. Apply two coats of Minwax Paste furniture wax. Apply a light coat of wax with an old paintbrush. Let the wax dry to a dull finish and buff it using a cotton cloth until it shines. This step will protect your finish.
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