My Faux Mercury Glass

My obsession with mercury glass is one of those things I haven’t fully disclosed to my husband.  I have been secretly stashing my collection of everything from candlesticks to glass birds in my closet, all in anticipation of the master bedroom redo that is approaching.

I also have been searching high and low for the perfect DIY Mercury Glass tutorial and I think I may have found it – thanks of course to Pinterest and the wonderful people who post their projects there!  I decided to use the tutorial from Take The Side Street and I really thing she nailed it.  That being said… I think my technique needs some work and practice because while I think my vases turned out great – the perfectionist in me thinks they can be better.

I started with some random glass vases and votive holders that I’ve had sitting around.  You’ll need a can of Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.  I found this item to hard to find – I went to Home Depot and Lowe’s and they didn’t have it.  Krylon’s website says that Ace Hardware carries the paint but my local stores didn’t have it either.  I ended up ordering it off of Amazon – so if this is project that you want to do this weekend – this might be the one thing you need to think about getting in advance.  You’ll also need a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.  A big stack of paper towels and I grabbed some q-tips for the small votive holders to get the corners.

Start by washing everything with soap and water.  I wouldn’t recommend using Windex to clean the glass.  I did another medium sized vase that I had cleaned with it and I omitted the pictures because it turned out horrible.  I suspect that it was the Windex since I only used it on that one item.  Make sure that everything is completely dry before you begin.

First you should know that this spray paint is really runny – and I do mean really runny.  You don’t want any runs in the paint so you have to apply the paint in very light coats.  I did three coats on each piece letting it completely dry between each one.  You can see it drying right before your eyes – kind of fun to watch and it only takes a few minutes to dry.

After I had all the pieces painted I let them dry long enough to chat with my kids and eat an Otter Pop and then was ready to begin the distressing.  I worked one piece at a time because it is warm here right now and I was worried about the vinegar drying before I got to each of the pieces.  Using the squirt bottle with the vinegar mixture I lightly sprayed inside of the container so that it beaded up a bit.  Check your sprayer before you start.

Let the mixture sit on the paint for about 30 seconds.  I found that it was actually easier to distress the wetter it was so I got to work right away.  The tutorial showed a neatly folded paper towel being used but I actually liked the look I was getting with a paper towel that was bunched up and dampened with the vinegar mixture better.  Using the paper towel I lightly dabbed the inside of the container – slightly rubbing to “tear” away the paint on the inside.

Once I was done distressing the piece to the point that I was happy with it – I let it dry again completely and finished it with a light coat of the paint again.  It is recommended that you finish the pieces with a clear coat on the inside and I would absolutely agree.  When I was taking these pictures I nicked the inside of some of the pieces and while I’m chalking it up to additional character over time you may end up ruining the look of your piece.

I am pretty happy with the way my centerpiece vases turned out.  I think the next time I am going to go for 5+ coats of paint with maybe two rounds of distressing in between.  I think it might give the piece additional depth.  When I get around to trying this out I’ll share some pictures.  In the meantime, someone tell my husband to send me some flowers so that I have some cheap vases to work with (that is the best way to get them, right?)!

Check out some of the other projects I’d planning to try by clicking here!

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