DIY Antiqued Mirror Tutorial

DIY Antiqued Mirror tutorial. Great tutorial with product suggestions.

DIY Antiqued Mirror

One of our half baths had a crusty old wood mirror that needed to be refinished or replaced for our bathroom renovation.  I decided it was going to get a cleaner looking weathered finish inspired by the gray weathered finish of the wood on my parent’s home.  I love the look of weathered sunbleached wood!

Here’s how the mirror started.

weathered mirror tutorial

The wood was very dry and splintery.  It also had a few flecks of cast off white paint.  Not terrible just not quite what I had in mind for our bathroom remodel.

How to Antique Finish Wood

by: Jessica @ Dear Emmeline


  • raw wood frame
  • palm sander
  • Rust-oleum Sunbleached Wood Stain
  • 2 rags
  • Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax

staining tutorial

1. Sand wood lightly until relatively smooth to the touch.  Grooves and dents are good, splinters are bad.

stained mirror frame

how to use antiquing wax

2. Shake up wood stain and use a rag to apply to wood.  Allow stain to dry and add subsequent coats as needed.

diy weathered mirror

how to antique a mirror

antiquing wax

3. Use a second rag to apply a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax.  This wax is amazing.  It is super smooth and doesn’t go on dark and gloppy.  The dark color of the wax sits in any grooves but it doesn’t heavily darken the smooth areas.

mirror frame stained

I love the deep grayed wood color that is achieved by combining the light gray sunbleached stain with the dark gray antiquing wax!

diy antique mirror

Now the mirror is worthy of hanging back up in our newly remodeled half bath.

mirror update

More Wood Distressing techniques:

how to age wood diyHow to Age Wood with Household Products

how to distress wood How to Distress with Paint 

how to paint furnitureHow to Distress Furniture

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    I love the rustic vibe, so thank you for this DIY, which makes it possible to bring some of that vibe into my house (or my new dorm room!) -Audrey