Yes, I know… a Mercury Glass tutorial… surely every DIY blog has one by now, right?! [Yes. Yes they do.] I can assure you, if that is all I had to offer you today then I would simply link you up with Martha Stewart’s tutorial and call it a day! But NO!! Not here. Not today. Today I’m super excited because I took the typical tutorial and [in the words of Paula Abdul during her American Idol days] “made it my own!” [too much?!]
Sooo, anyway- here are the details: I wanted a richer two-dimensional look like the beautiful glass that I find in stores.
And I think I got it :) Here's how:
Materials you'll need:
Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint
Gold metallic spray paint
Spray bottle with water
tape & newspaper
rough cloth soaked in vinegar
I went and purchased all of these glass vases from Goodwill for $0.99 each.
Then I taped off the outside because you don’t want any paint on the outside.
Next, spray the inside of each vase with water [just one or two spritz’ is enough].
Then, right away spray the Looking Glass Paint over the water. You’ll want to do two or three very light coats of the spray paint [you’ll only need to spray the water for the first coat, though].
Be sure to let it dry completely before moving onto this next step [I did it the next day]. Now, it's all dry- right?! Good- now spray one light, quick coat of gold right over the silver.
Let it dry partially [only about 5 minutes] then take a rough cloth with vinegar on it and rub/scratch off bits of the paint to create an even more mottled effect.
Now. You could be done. Here’s what it would look like if you stopped here [the one on the right side]. Yes, it's very beautiful. But too gold for my table because I’ve got more of a silvery Christmas thing happening. So- I added one more step to get it to look like the one on the left.
Here’s a side by side comparison so you can decide whether or not to proceed…
The final step [should you choose to accept it] is really, really super quick.
Just spritz the inside with one more shot of water and immediately follow it with one quick, light spray of the Looking Glass Paint. Then you’re done!
I just love the mottled gold and silver tones.