Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall ...

Can anyone deny the charm of an antique mirror? Though the hands of time may rub the silver bare around their edges, aged mirrors take on an even greater beauty in their reflected character.


Image above shows time-worn glazing in a rustic wooden frame being sold by Modern 50.


 

Looking for a stunning focal point to bring instant floor-to-ceiling drama to a room? I think you've found it! Images above from Blossom Interiors (left) and Coco+Kelly (right).  

Love that certain 'je ne sais quoi' antique mirrors bring to a room, but don't have the dollars to invest? Why not try out a simple project that recreates the look?

 


The antiquing process on mirrors like these (shown above) from Traditional Home magazine is a relatively simple project. With a mouse click you can check out the DIY mirror antiquing tutorial. All you need is a little paint stripper and muriatic acid as demonstrated in the tutorial images below.


Dining rooms are often the first room to get the 'whole wall' mirror treatment. But, using these reflective surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms can create character in rooms that are usually associated with being sterile and bland.

 

Backsplash image above via Material Girls (left) and cabinet doors resurfaced with antiqued mirror from House Beautiful (right).

With new antiquing skills acquired from the tutorial, I may just jump right in and give it a try on a couple of my mirrors!

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