Are you ready to learn a fun new technique today? I am so excited to share this project with you because it’s simple, budget-friendly, and most anyone can do it. Take a look at this wall art I found at the thrift store. It’s not an antique or of any real value because the frame is resin and the art is printed on paperboard. With a little DIY skills I’m going to show you how to turn it into a faux aged mirror without replacing anything.
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I’ve had this frame for some time and was intending on turning into a chalkboard as I have with other projects I’ve created. If you know me, I like to mix it up from time to time, so I held off until an idea struck me. And by golly it did!
Let me show you how I got the faux aged mirror look. First, here are the supplies you’ll need to do the same:
- Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
- any flat charcoal gray paint
- rubbing alcohol
- thrifted art that has a glass panel
- piece of 1/8″ thick hardboard to fit in frame if needed (see below – available at home improvement stores
- soft cloth rag
- paint brush
- spray bottle
- jigsaw for cutting hardboard (optional)
First, begin by taking apart your wall art and setting the frame, the artwork, and glass aside. If your artwork is on paper, you can still get the results by cutting a piece of hardboard to fit the frame. Since my cheapo artwork was on paperboard, I just painted it two light coats of the charcoal gray paint. Just make sure to let it cure for an hour or so between coats.
While letting it cure, head outside (or to a well-ventilated area) with your pane of glass. Wipe your glass clean on both sides with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol. When getting ready to paint your glass, keep in mind you will be painting the back side of the mirror. So make sure the side you want facing out is laying down when you begin to paint. Now grab your Looking Glass paint and give it a light coat making sure to keep it even.
According to manufacturer instructions, it does take about 5 coats, but each coat can be done in a matter of minutes. Easy peasy. Once you have let it cure, it’s time to make it look antique or aged (if you want to). Feel free to stop here if you’d rather not age your mirror.
With your mirror facing down, lightly mist the back of it – the paint you just painted – with alcohol.
Take your rag and wipe across the mirror following the same pattern, either horizontally or vertically. Apply pressure in random spots and you will begin to see it removing spots of the mirror paint.
Let it dry and then you’re ready to finish the frame. You can read how to create the layered look for a timeless feel HERE or come on over to where I share this exact frame finish on Angie’s List. When your frame is dry, reassemble and you’re done. I must say that I think I’m in LOVE!
See how it looks as though it’s been worn by time? And say “Hi!” to Vivian…my thrifted dressform. tee hee.
And check out that paint layering…so cool!
My hope is that you are inspired to give this a try to create your own home. Everything in my vignette was either found curbside (FREE!) or at the thrift store. You can make it what your decor what you want, even if you don’t own your home. Do please pin and share to inspire others to do the same. Thank you!
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