The technique of aging (or foxing) mirrors is a centuries- old craft that is still on trend today. Here’s everything you need to know to work this luxurious finish in your home
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What is antiqued mirror? Mirror is glass that has been fused with silver nitrate on one side to create a shiny, reflective effect (this process is called silvering). The silvered glass’s surface can then be broken down using various chemicals and abrasives to achieve an attractive antiqued look – every piece is completely unique. Where can I use it? Antiqued mirror can be used to clad any surface, from wall panelling (above) to shower enclosures and furniture. The same distressed effect can also be applied to toughened glass, meaning that it’s a viable choice for kitchens – it would make a beautiful splashback. The mirror can be shaped, bevelled, polished, backed or framed, so you can have it cut to bespoke dimensions to fit any space. Alternatively, opt for off-the-shelf antiqued mirror tiles (turn the page for our top picks). How do I install it? You can apply it directly to a wall using special adhesive. No extra reinforcement is usually needed, but uneven walls can damage the back of the mirror, says Jo Young of Mirrorworks (antiquemirrorglass.com). She advises gluing the mirror to plywood or a piece of MDF before applying to the wall. What finishes are there to choose from? As it is handcrafted, there are numerous finishes available, from lightly silvered to heavily antiqued. You could also opt for colour tinted or metal leafed mirror that is then antiqued, or overlaid with decorative patterns.
CLAD A WALL ‘Antiqued mirror is a brilliant medium for creating light and space’, says surface specialist Rupert Bevan (rupertbevan.com). In this house, designed by Groves Natcheva Architects, panels of aged mirror complement the dark marble ( grovesnatch
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