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DIY Mercury Glass

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I absolutely love mercury glass. It’s one of my staples when it comes to home decor because it’s so versatile for any season. It has that beautiful shiny but distressed finish that creates the perfect balance of glamorous and rustic.

Take a look at our wedding centerpieces that incorporated mercury glass votives. I love how they added such a romantic, vintage touch to our wedding. They really pulled everything together and created the look and feel we were going for.

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{Photo taken by Adam Sparkes Photography}

You can find mercury glass at almost any store selling home decor or even craft stores. Even high-end stores like Pottery Barn, Arhaus, and Restoration Hardware sell mercury glass decor. In some cases, it can get pretty expensive. The good news is, I am going to show you how to make your own mercury glass for a fraction of the price!

After searching the internet high and low for some tips, I learned how to create my own mercury glass finish. If you love the look of mercury glass like I do, then this will be a total game changer for you! Do you have any plain old glass vases or knick knacks that you never use? Instead of getting rid of them, you can now transform them into beautiful mercury glass pieces that you’ll love showing off!

There are so many items you can turn into mercury glass – vases, votives, jars, candlesticks, lamps, ornaments, the options are endless. For this project today I used two simple vases that I picked up at the dollar store! I mean really, you can’t beat that! Now that fall is in full swing, how beautiful would a mercury glass pumpkin look sitting on the mantle or mixed in with a dining room centerpiece? I may try that out next.

So let’s get to it!


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Supplies

Aside from the object you are making over, you will only need 4 items to do this project.

  1. Mirror finish spray paint. I used Krylon Looking Glass Spray*.
  2. Spray bottle
  3. Vinegar & water
  4. Paper towel

Directions

  1. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water.
  2. Find a place outside to work. Make sure to start with glass that is clean and dry. Begin by spraying a light coat of the mirror finish spray paint on your object. Some tutorials I found suggested spraying the inside of the object. My vases were skinny and difficult to spray inside, so I just did this all on the outside and it worked perfectly.
  3. Let the first coat dry for a couple of minutes, and then spray the vinegar and water mixture all over the vase so that little water droplets form. Don’t worry if the water droplets start to drip down.
  4. Immediately spray another light coat of spray paint over the water droplets.
  5. Let this sit for another minute or so, and then lightly wipe the vase down with paper towel. The paint should start to chip away in all the places where the water droplets were sitting, creating the mercury glass finish.
  6. Continue this process back and forth until you are happy with the finish. Let the vase dry completely before bringing it inside.

**Tip – If you feel like you’ve wiped off too much of the mirror finish, you can always build it back up by spraying another coat or two of spray paint and letting that dry before starting back up with the vinegar & water spray.

I used my new mercury glass creations to decorate our fall mantle! I love how they look next to this wooden sign, faux flowers, and pumpkins I picked up at Michael’s!

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This project is so easy that you really can’t mess it up. One of the things I love about the distressed look is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s probably better if it’s not!

Now that you know how to do this, what will you turn into mercury glass?

Looking for more super easy DIY projects? Check out this DIY picture frame tray!

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2 Comments

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    john

    October 1, 2017

    very nice tips , I love the look !!

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