Antique Mirror in the Kitchen

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I love mirrors with patina.  If I am walking through an antique store and see a mirror that has lost some of its backing, I’m immediately drawn to it.  The patterns are interesting to me.

For a few years now, I have wanted to use it in a kitchen.  I am working with a client on a kitchen facelift right now and suggested it as a way to brighten her cabinets.  I was so excited when she agreed!  Stay tuned for her before and afters, but I was so thrilled when she told me it might be her favorite part of her little makeover!

house beautiful

house beautiful

Antique mirror is a terrific way to bring light and reflection to a kitchen, especially if it is a small one.  The only drawback?  It is expensive, so if you don’t want to spend a fortune, it is best to keep it to a small application.  A few cabinet doors, or maybe the backsplash area behind your stove.

design musing

design musing

houzz

houzz

benjamin dhong

benjamin dhong

A year or so ago, I got a quote for the backsplash of our kitchen after seeing these beautiful photos.  We don’t have much backsplash in our kitchen, but the cost was quite a bit more than I was willing to pay.  I still think it would be dreamy though.

veranda

veranda

decorpad

decorpad

california home and design

california home and design

dominic schuster ltd

dominic schuster ltd

My husband was not sure about staring at himself in our backsplash, but as you can see, there are several different types of antique mirror.  You can get it in all levels of cloudiness and sheens.

saligo design

saligo design

houzz

houzz

mission stone and tile

mission stone and tile

This site has tons of antique mirror styles and gives a great overview of styles and colors that are out there.  You can even get patterns on antiqued mirror!

saligo design

saligo design

I do have a friend that DIY’ed a couple of mirrors for a linen cabinet, and it turned out really pretty!  There are a ton of tutorials on the world wide web, but I would definitely recommend using one that has the more heavy duty chemicals.  Sometimes you will see tutorials using Easy Off Oven Cleaner or Citristrip, and I don’t think those look as authentic.  Some jobs simply require the big boys.  You need to be super duper careful though!

And even though this isn’t a kitchen, I still had to include it.  I have no idea where this is, but I would love to dine in this restaurant!

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What about you?  Are you into antique mirror for the kitchen?  In small doses only?  Or would you go for it with a full backsplash?

Written by Grace

6 Responses to “Antique Mirror in the Kitchen”

  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door May 29, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I love the idea. I can’t wait to see how it works in your client’s kitchen!

    • Grace May 29, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Elizabeth, I think you will like it! I’m going to take a peek at the reno tonight! 🙂 G

  2. Anonymous May 29, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    That last lovely image is from ABC Kitchen. Great choices!

    • Grace May 29, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Anon, oh my goodness, duh! I was there…oh, last week. 😉 Oops! Thanks for the comment and clarity, G

  3. Julie May 29, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Grace, I love antiqued mirrors used in this application! I used it in my former home as the backsplash in my butler area and in the wet bar. It looked so great and was one of my favorite details!

    • Grace May 29, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Julie, awesome! I’m sure it was beautiful! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment! G