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DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover

Gold and I are having a love affair lately. It’s been one of those swept-me-off-my-feet-and-stole-my-heat-unexpectedly kind of loves.

Oil rubbed bronze and I are still great friends though, I promise.

Ever since we started on the powder room makeover, and I’ve had brass and gold on the brain in that space, it’s started to trickle into other rooms of our house.

So a few weeks ago, I’d bought these plain white plastic mirrors for about $16 each for our master bedroom and decided they needed a little antique gold glam in their lives.

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When I bought them online, I thought they would be heavier and nicer than how they ended up being in person. I wasn’t a fan. But they turned out looking WAY more expensive than I thought they would.

So if you have a mirror that needs some antique glammy zing, you will love this one.

DIY Antique Gold Mirror Makeover

Supplies Used: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

By the way, I’d never used Rub ‘n Buff before this project, but I’m officially hooked now. This stuff is awesomesauce! I’m already thinking up other places where I can use more of it.

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

I used the screwdriver first to remove the backing on the mirrors and carefully set aside the glass mirror pieces and screws for later. And I laid down the mirror frame on a drop cloth (or plastic trash bag… whatever works).

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

Using my fingers, I rubbed the Rub ‘n Buff all over the frame, working in sections. For any hard to reach corners and small spaces, I brushed on the Rub ‘n Buff with an artist brush.

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

It’s kind of a messy process, just so you know.

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

Fo the mirrors, I had to research the steps for this one as I had no idea how to antique a mirror. Since I really can’t take credit for coming up with this one, here is the full tutorial by Layla Palmer (a.k.a. The Lettered Cottage) for how to antique a mirror.

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

It takes some patience, and for a while there I had my doubts that it was going to work, but the results are SO worth it.

Look at that patina!!!

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

These once cheap, plastic mirrors legitimately look like they came straight from Restoration Hardware or Anthropologie, don’t you think? Ahhhhmazed!

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

So what used to look like this…

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

Now looks a touch more designer-y. (Totally a word.)

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

And I have one on my side of the bed too, of course.

DIY Aged Gold Antique Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

If you want to know about any of our bedroom sources, since y’all often ask, here’s a quick list:

DIY Antique Gold Mirror Makeover | blesserhouse.com - A DIY tutorial to transform a cheap, plastic mirror to look like an Anthropologie inspired aged gold antique mirror using Rub 'n Buff.

Have you ever used Rub ‘n Buff on anything before? How have I been missing out on this?! Or have you ever painted plastic to make something look more expensive too? I’ll never tell, cross my heart.

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31 Comments

  1. Wow, color me impressed!
    Maybe a little off if what you’ve done here; I’m remolding the interior of my older conversion van. Being a Parrothead (Jimmy Buffett fan) the whole thing is in a pirate theme. Being in a moving vehicle I would not use glass, but wanted to include some mirror effects that looked old/antique/worn. If I can get even close to your results I will be ecstatic.
    Gotta go find some Rub-n-Buff now; thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  2. You are truely an inspiration of what can be done.
    I have a couple of large mirrors that I’m going to antique. Hopefully I can get all the requirements in Australia.
    Also do you have any tips on how to lighten up or whitewash a timber dresser without painting a solid color on it. Would white wax work.?
    Love your blog. X

  3. OMW…love it!! I’m gonna do some ‘golding’ on Something around this house! LOL…PS…You might consider painting (yes Painting) your lovely little bedside lamp shades Black!! I painted my living room white ones all black (against the RH color Gray) living room walls…Black popped SO much more than the white shades!! For extra glam I ‘wallpapered’ the insides of these lamps with a metallic gold paper…Oh my it looks stunning if I do say so..hahah…I love your site; you have great taste and Class! 🙂

  4. Does the Rub ‘n Buff come in other colors or just the gold? I have black octagonal mirrors (from Target) that my late son bought for me to use in my bedroom. There are four of them and I am going to hang them in some type of configuration (with a wood cut-out phrase that I mounted on a canvas). I am just not sure how I feel about all that black. But because I asked for them, and he bought them for me as a gift, I am definitely going to use them! Thanks for all your posts and info. I really enjoy everything you do.

  5. Amazing! I am so impressed by your blog – it has become my go-to place for all my furniture makeovers. The world needs you, Lauren!

        1. I got mine from TJ Maxx on a sale. Check your local Home Goods, TJMaxx, second-hand stores to get a good deal and style that you like.

  6. They are beautiful but after I buy the supplies I may as well buy them already done. Unless of course I gave the supplies already!

    1. Yeah, it’s definitely one of those projects that I’d wait to do unless I had some of the supplies already. We, thankfully, already had the Rub ‘N Buff from a light fixture makeover and the paint stripper, gloves, spray bottle, etc from various other projects. The Rub ‘N Buff alone helped a lot though.

  7. Holy Cow !!!! ??? These came out totally gorgeous & Yes they look Authentic ??Thank you for sharing this …. I definitely am on the hunt for cute mirrors to redo for my farmhouse ?

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