Loving Me Some Antique Mirrored Doors

I bought these doors from an estate auction… when I first saw the pictures I thought they were full-sized passage doors… nope… they are mirrored walnut armoire doors… They are VERY heavy and the mirror is starting to patina… which to me only makes them prettier. They must have been kept in a barn or shed that had birds in it because they were quite liberally plastered in bird poo… NICE!!



I cleaned off all of the poo (kind of me wasn’t it?) and sanded the frame down, as there was very little finish left on these doors the sanding went super fast! They looked very pretty in their cleaned up au-natural wood state but I wanted to paint them… sorry…


After they dried I applied a coat of Dark Walnut stain… the one on the left has been stained, the one on the right hasn’t been sanded or cleaned yet… Can you see the reflection of all of my piled up furniture? I told my Hubby that I would have enough room for him to park his car in the garage this winter… you would think with a three car garage that wouldn’t be a problem… Hmm… I might have to start storing some of this in my daughter’s room, she’s off to her second year at Radford so she’ll never know right?


I let the stain dry for a few hours and then painted them… each one differently (’cause I can that’s why!)… one of the combinations I chose was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey with highlights in Graphite and for the other I chose Antoinette with highlights in Coco. I love both combinations but the Antoinette / Coco combination is most certainly more feminine…


I lightly distressed the frames, applied wax and then buffed them… I love the flower detail on these doors! Can you see the patina happening with the mirror?


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Same close-up of the Grey/Graphite combo…



I left all of the original hardware on them… I just liked the way it looked…


One last look at them both…


They could easily be hung on the wall vertically or horizontally by attaching a cleat to the back… I’m contemplating keeping one of these for my youngest daughter because she doesn’t have a full length mirror in her room… which may be the reason her outfits don’t always “go” together… I swear the child doesn’t ever look at herself in a mirror and I think it’s about time for her to start doing that… YIKES! I’m thinking the Paris Grey one would be the best choice, she’s 10 and out of the “pink phase”…

Wow!… I think this will be the first project in a while where I “get” to keep something!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the armoire doors!

Until next time…

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  1. Wow Susan, I think my heart skipped a beat at the very first before photo! Those doors are amazing, minus the bird poop of course! What a great find. I’m totally jealous!


  2. Love those doors. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks. I’m hooked! Do you always finish with wax instead of polyurethane? Curious about the differences and your choice.


    1. So glad you are a follower! I don’t always finish with wax, but I do like it best for most of the pieces I finish. It just gives the pieces a beautiful old world protective finish… plus if it gets messed up it is easy for the new owner to fix by just applying more wax and buffing! You wouldn’t be able to do that with poly!


  3. Wow Susan, great scores! These mirrors have so much character to them. The style would work in just about any space! Hope you’ll link up for Frugal Treasures party tomorrow afternoon. Hope you’re weekend is going well.


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