How To Age a Frame With a Bright Gold Finish

Inside: You will find instructions on how to create an aged or antique look on a bright metallic finish in a few easy steps!

If you have been following my One Room Challenge makeover you would have noticed the piece that made the room - the gorgeous Parisian style mirror!

I had been scouring Facebook Marketplace for months looking for the perfect vintage gold mirror that would be the right scale for our bedroom dresser. I found one, but upon brining it home, it was too large for the dresser. After a chance visit to Homesense where the mirror was sitting front and center, I had a "start the car" moment as I quickly snatched it, purchased it and drove it home.

It had a very bight finish, not the antique look I wanted. So I decided to give it an aged look using some stain I had on hand.


1. Begin by taping off the mirror to protect it from the stain and sealant spray.

2. Dip a rag into the stain and begin to rub it onto the frame. Wipe away excess. Apply stain to the whole frame, adjusting the amount you apply, depending on the look you want to achieve. The stain I used is Rustoleum's Premiun gel stain in Kona.

3. Let dry for several hours. Then seal with a matte clear coat. I like Rustoleum's Chalked Matte clear coat. Let dry and remove tape and paper. You can now hang it up!

I LOVE how it looks like an antique from a Parisian flea market.

I would love if you tried this to tag me on Instagram or Facebook. You can find me at @markovadesign!


  1. Just came across this on Pinterest and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. The fact that you’re using products available in the UK is an absolute bonus! So glad I found you. Sue x

  2. I love how this turned out as this is exactly what I want to do with my new frame. However what can I do to reverse the stain if I'm not fond of it on mine please? Thanks Jeanne

  3. I love how yours turned out. It's exactly what I want mine to look like. But what do I do to reverse it if I'm not fond of how it looks on mine? Thanks Jeanne


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