How to Make an Antiqued Mirror Tray

antiqued mirror tray

This summer, Kelly and I had the opportunity to meet furniture designer Amy Howard, and we adored her! I have a soft spot in my heart for entrepreneurs in general, but this crafty lady is also a Made + Remade-er at heart. Her entire space at Atlanta gift and furniture market was filled with pieces she’d picked up from her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and then upcycled into designer stunners using products from her Amy Howard at Home collection. So we decided to put some of her products to the test for ourselves.

Enter the Antique Mirror Kit. Two solutions and you can transform any mirror into a piece that looks like you picked it right out of your grandmother’s attic. I chose to antique mirror tiles for the bottom of a serving tray that we used at our Home for the Holidays party. (That lovely cranberry-colored cocktail you see above? It’s called a Pleasant Evening and you can get the recipe here on HGTV’s Design Happens.)

Two important notes before you get to the how-to: 

1. Always wear plastic gloves when working with chemicals and leather gloves when working with glass.

2. Do this in a well-ventilated area. I did it in our basement but, if I had it to do over, would go outside.

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Step 1

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First prepare your workspace. Lay down some paper, get a few pairs of plastic gloves, a container to pour the solutions in, and your other supplies. You’ll be working on the back of the mirror tiles, so turn them over with the back painted side facing up.

Step 2

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With gloves on, brush the Amy Howard Antique Mirror Stripper onto the painted back side of each piece of mirror.

Step 3

 Open Galleryantiquing a mirrorAllow to sit 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).

Step 4

 Open Galleryantiquing a mirrorRinse off any extra paint and solution. This exposes the silver layer.

Step 5

 Open Galleryantiquing a mirrorNext, pat on the Amy Howard Antique Mirror Solution. The silver will begin to oxidize. Allow to sit for 5-15 minutes, until desired degree of antiquing is achieved.

Step 6

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Rinse off to stop the oxidation process.

Step 7

 Open Galleryantiquing a mirrorWhen the oxidized silver layer is dry, you’ll want to use a ruler or a tape measure to measure out your cuts. Use a level — it’s thicker than a ruler, which will help you hold the glass cutter straighter. Holding your glass cutter straight up and down firmly, run once over the back of the glass. (If you’ve never done this before, I’d recommend testing a piece first.)

Step 8

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Wearing leather gloves, hold the scored line over the edge of the table with a towel under it. Break your glass.

Step 9

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Paint the oxidized side of your mirror with black or gray paint and allow to dry completely.

Step 10

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Finally, turn your tiles over to reveal the antiqued-looking mirrors. Attach them to your serving tray with mirror mastic and allow to dry for 24 hours.

Step 11

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Our tray was 13″ wide so to avoid making smaller cuts, we simply got some small pieces of wood to run down either side. They look decorative but are really there for function.

Materials

Tools

  • glass cutter
  • leather gloves
  • level
  • a towel
  • foam brushes
  • plastic gloves
About Hannah B. Slaughter 

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I’m a graphic designer for HGTV and DIY who loves taking something old, making it new and then adding sparkle. Weekend activities include thrifting with my handsome husband, writing for ...

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2 Responses

  1. outlines77 says:

    We generally think that decorating our home is tough and expensive. But that’s not true. Just find a perfect antiqued mirror that is unique in itself and matches up with the décor. Go here: http://www.outlines.com.au

  2. Kelley says:

    What a beautiful mirror! So excited for Amy Howard at Home to be featured here. She is quite creative! Pretty good for any girl, but especially from the big town of Atlanta, TEXAS !

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