How To Patina a Mirror for that French Bistro Look

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!

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.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.