I absolutely love French Country design, aged and weathered woods, and vintage looking accessory pieces. I have always admired mercury glass pieces in particular. The mirror is aged, discolored, and coming off in places is elegant and chic. Unfortunately, often the pieces I admire most are out of my budget.
How to Make Mercury Glass
Our current floor renovation has led to redecorating the master bedroom and eventually the living room. This is the perfect opportunity to add mercury glass accessories into the design.
White Picket Bentz has step by step directions to create mercury glass using lain glass pieces and paint.
Thrift Store Finds
I found this great working metal lamp and shade for $5.99 (I’ll show you in another post what I did with this), a fabulous glass vase, and a pretty glass plate. I really liked the shape of the vase, height, and details of the glass. The glass plate is lovely, delicate, and feminine. I plan to use it to hold my jewelry which I inevitably drop on my dresser each night.
1 can Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint Walmart $8.75
1 can Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze Walmart $6.00
1 squirt bottle
How to Steps for Making Mercury Glass Accessories
Wash the glass pieces well with hot soapy water, rinse, and dry. This step is very important to remove finger prints, dust, oils, and anything from the glass that would prevent the paint from adhering.
Remember, the mirror paint is going on the inside of the glass or bottom of the glass – that is the side that you will not touch.
In a well-ventilated area, spray the Looking Glass paint in thin layers on the back of the plate and inside of the vase. Thin layers will dry faster and will not drip. I sprayed 3 layers of Looking Glass paint.
Now for the magic. Mix ½ water and ½ vinegar (I used white vinegar) in a spritz bottle. Using a fine mist, spray onto the Looking Glass paint. Seriously, spray the water / vinegar mixture ON the painted surface.
Wait a few seconds and then gently dab the water drops off with a cotton rag. The acid in the vinegar magically dissolves the paint and leaves “splotches”. Don’t be aggressive or you will remove all the paint or large sections and that will undo your painting work.
I coated the underside of my glass plate with a clear gloss varnish to help prevent scratches. I did not spray the interior of the vase as I do not plan to put anything in it. This step is optional.
Finished Mercury Glass Accessories
I am so happy with the last results. The finished pieces fit into the design scheme I have planned for the master bedroom and add a bit of shine to the room.
The project cost less than $15 for both pieces and I have more paint to do more pieces. It took about 30 minutes to complete from start to finish and was extremely easy.
Good luck making your perfect mercury glass accessories. I’d love to see what you create.