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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Why antiqued mir­ror is the ma­te­rial of the mo­ment, and an in-depth guide to radiators

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 (an­tiquemir­ror­ 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 (ru­pert­be­ In this house, de­signed by Groves Natcheva Ar­chi­tects, pan­els of aged mir­ror com­ple­ment the dark mar­ble ( groves­natch


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