How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

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We recently contributed to TimeOut New York’s Home Design 2009 issue which hit newsstands today.
We’re featured in the Steal This Idea section for creating a patina mirror just like you’ve seen on the walls of your favorite French bistro (We prefer Le Singe Vert over Schiller’s any night).
Pick up a copy today!


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Timothy Dahl, founder and editor-in-chief of DIY blog Charles & Hudson, recommends Van Dyke’s Restorers’ Antique Mirror Patina Solution kit ($79.99). It includes thorough instructions, plus everything you need (other than water and the mirror). Too much manual labor for your blue blood? Not to fear: Demolition Depot (216 E 125th St between Second and Third Aves; 212-860-1138, ) sells salvaged antique mirrors that acquired their patina the old-fashioned way, starting at around $150.