Upgrade Your Coffee Table
Coffee tables are musts for any living room, but they also suffer from a lot of wear and tear. Think twice about throwing them away, and consider using one of Sabrina Soto's tips on how to restore, repair or repurpose what you already have. With a little elbow grease, you can even age a mirror to give new life to an old piece.
Consider replacing your broken or scratched glass top with a mirror. Antique ones add character and vintage charm. If you can't find the perfect size and patina, make your own! First Apply paint stripper generously to back of mirror and allow to sit for a few hours. Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.
The paint should bubble up and become easy to remove with a plastic scraper.
When about 80-90 percent of the paint is removed, wash with soap and water.
Apply Patina Solution with a chip brush to the back of the face-down mirror.
Remember, mirror tends to age from the edges inward, so apply the patina solution in heavier amounts around the outer rims. You can also experiment with spattering and directional brushing techniques.
The patina solution will begin to eat away at the reflective surface pretty quickly. Once you've achieve your desired distressed effect, rinse with water to neutralize the reaction and allow to dry.
Reapply paint to the back of the mirror. Note: the color paint you choose will be visible through the spots created by the patina solution.
You can choose from a range of colors for different effects: from silvery grey to gold to black. Combining paints creates nice results, as well.
Paint the entire back of the mirror and let it dry. Reinstall the mirror top on your coffee table and enjoy.
Items You'll Need
- Patina solution
- Chip brush
- Plastic scraper
- Paint rollers
- Paint trays
- Spray bottle
- Rubber gloves