Distressing a Mirror to Look Aged

Welcome all to Anne’s Attic – design! For you that don’t know me I am Jo. I have had a lot of new followers lately and want you to know that I am so happy that you are here, and to those that have been following me for a while now I’m glad that you are here. I love every one of your comments, they have all been so positive and kind. Thank you so much! Keep sending them my way, and if you have any questions that I can help you with about interior design please ask and I will try to answer those for you and if I can’t I will get you an answer. I got my degree in Interior Design when I found myself single after 35 years, it was a wonderful experience, and hope to use it more in the future.

I have had a number of you ask me to do a tutorial on how I distress my wooden projects. So that will be coming up soon! Today I want to share with you the before and after photos of the vintage mirror that I got at Good Will. I wanted to distress the mirror it’s self. Have you seen old mirrors that are losing some of its luster when you look into it and they have small spots around the mirror? That’s what I was trying to do this mirror. I gave the frame a distressed look as well.

bucket mirrorHere is a picture of the before. I took the mirror out of the frame and laid it face down on my work bench. Then I sprayed paint remover around the edges and let it sit for about 15 mins. Then took a puddy knife and scraped the mirror paint off. It doesn’t have to be a lot just enough to give the mirror a little distressed look. I wish I had taken a picture of this for you but I didn’t. So sorry.

mirror top close up

You can see around the edges black spots, that’s the distressing that I did.

mirror corner

After the mirror had dried I then sanded down the frame lightly. Then used my distressing process on it.

mirror full

Those smudges are the distressing on the mirror not the table.

mirror whole

This was a fun project and I will not hesitate to do another mirror this way. It was easy and gave me the effect that I wanted.

mirror Collage

Let me know if any of you give this a try and how it turns out for you. What projects have you been up to this summer? I would love to know. Have a lovely week!


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Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill

Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life


Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style

Moon Light and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss


Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things


Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anythings Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai

Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

37 thoughts on “Distressing a Mirror to Look Aged

  1. Jo, you are truly a master at distressing! The mirror, I’m sure, is very happy you found it at GW!

    Thank you for sharing!


  2. I have an old door that I want that distressed look of the wood of the mirror to look like!! It is so crackly and worn looking. I was told to use crackle paint but I am a little afraid of that stuff. Looking forward to your post on it.


  3. I love the mirror Jo, and it is especially gorgeous after you worked your magic on it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


  4. Thank you for posting your process for the mirror transformation-it doesn’t seem so intimidating now. I loved all your projects this summer so far!


  5. What a stunning transformation, sweet friend. I absolutely love the new look of the mirror 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration – I hope you’re able to join us again this week. Love and hugs!


  6. Jo, I love your mirror! You did a wonderful job on it. I have a mirror out in my garage just waiting for me to do something like yours on it! I love it when you share at Idea Box because I always learn something new!


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