Fast Fix: Bedrooms

How to Antique a Mirror

Add vintage appeal to a modern mirror by distressing it with products found at the home improvement store.

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Prepare Muriatic Acid

Carefully pour the muriatic acid into a spray bottle using a plastic funnel. Tip: Make sure you're wearing protective gloves and eyewear during this step.

Apply Muriatic Acid

Lightly spray a very small amount of the muriatic acid randomly onto two or three areas on the back side of the mirror. Tip: To prevent the acid from removing too much of the reflective backing, aim the spray nozzle at the mirror's edges rather than the middle. An old mirror shows more wear around the edges.

Remove Muriatic Acid

Once the muriatic acid has successfully removed the reflective backing, meaning the glass will be completely see-through in spots where you sprayed acid, carefully blot the entire surface with a dry paper towel or cotton rag to stop the antiquing process. Note: It takes approximately one minute for the acid to work its way through the reflective backing, so this is a very quick step.

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