Thursday, January 30, 2014

I had to try it... Mercury Glass #doityourself

Of course, this was a Pinterest inspired project.  And since I have two dozen of these in my attic leftover from Ann Marie's wedding reception, I just had to give it a try. 

I was going to my daughter's house for a few hours and told her I was bringing along a project.  Hobby Lobby was the only place I could find the one supply I needed.   Looking Glass Mirror Like Paint.

First we sprayed a light spritz of water inside the clean vases.  Then one light coat of the spray paint.

At this point I was bit worried.  But, that is what the blog post directions said too, so I forged on.  My daughter was busy decorating her house for an upcoming baby shower she was hosting for her sister-in-law.  So this was a one woman project.  

I let the first coat start to dry and then layered on others.  Sometimes rolling the dripping spray paint around the inside.  Sometimes adding a tiny bit more water, tiny is the key.  Each coat took less than 10 minutes.  You can speed up the process with a hair dryer.  Whole project was done in about 30 minutes. I painted six hurricane vases. 

An tadaa!   It worked.  Kind of.  Since, then I have read you can rub black and gold paint lightly on the inside.  It rubs off a bit of the glass paint and ages the look more.  

I am happy with the results and I think a candle will look great in them too.

Paper guest towels were hard to find.  I wanted specifically black and white or a simple K initial.
No TJMaxx, no Marshalls... Thanks Tuesday morning, large selection there.  

By the way, you can buy the same vases at Pottery Barn for about $20 each.  


  1. Those turned out GREAT! You did a wonderful job on them. I have not tried that yet- I need to wait to spray paint outside. SOME CRABBY PERSON does NOT like me spray painting in the garage. pfffftttt...

  2. I think they turned out great! I was going to try this project around Christmas with some of those clear glass Christmas tree shaped containers. I had seen so many mercury glass Christmas trees and thought I could create my own. Never got to the project because it was always too cold to spray paint. Guess I'll have to remember to start them in the fall when it's still warm.
    Glad to see the project was successful! I really like how you used one as a flower pot!

  3. I have the paint and wanted to try out for sure, just have not had the time, thanks for giving it a try, turned out beautiful...

  4. Those turned out great! I have always wondered about those tutorials! Now I know! You will have to post pictures of the shower because I know it will be awesome!


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