If there is one thing that you need to know about me, and really all the women in my family, is that we love getting the best deal! For my mom that means couponing, for me that usually means carrying things around the store until I come up with a reason why I don’t need or why it costs too much! (Ask my sister-in-law, she says I have a real problem.)
“Let’s all have a moment of silence for all the things we’ve added to the cart but never bought.”
Well! To get around my said “problem”, a lot of times I look for alternative ways of getting what I want, read: birthday & Christmas gifts, and every now and then I feel brave enough to attempt making it myself.
Now, if you’re like me or you have a pulse, you’re obsessed with mercury glass and its perfectly imperfect look! Also, if you have just read the above paragraph you will recall, I will not be spending the crazy amount of money certain stores want you to spend on that perfectly imperfect vase or votive. So, when I kept seeing this project for DIY mercury glass pop up all over my Pinterest and I thought that it must be too good to be true. So, I ignored it, but then I kept seeing people say how easy and quick and my favorite, CHEAP, it was. Ok, Pinterest, you win this round. So, I did my research. I read around five different instructions on how to do it, blended them all together and went for it.
They turned out better than I could have imagined. I am absolutely obsessed with my new vases. It was so easy and quick and cheap that I’m about to mercury glass everything in my home! Too much? Ok, well, that’s just to try to show you just how great this DIY project is! Here’s what worked for me:
What you need:
Krylon Looking-Glass Mirror Spray Paint
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup water
- Wash and completely dry your vase
- Mix the water and vinegar in the spray bottle
- Set up newspaper or cardboard in a well ventilated area
- Place the vase upside down on your work station
- Lightly mist the vase all over with the water/vinegar mix, keeping the spray bottle about two feet away from your vase. You want the water to slightly bead up but not run
- Directly following that, spray your paint in short light bursts all around the vase. This is your first coat.
- Let it sit for 1 minute and then repeat steps 5 & 6
- Then let your vase sit for 2 minutes
- After 2 minutes blot all the water drops off with the paper towel, this will give it the “mercury glass” look we all love
- Then repeat steps 5-9 once more, if you like the look , your done. (This is all I did, didn’t want to push my luck) If you feel like it’s not to your liking, keep going until you do!
- You must buy this exact spray paint. (Krylon Looking-Glass Mirror Spray Paint) I only heard horror stories from those who strayed from the Krylon path.
- Some people said to spray the inside of the vase, but I thought that sounded too difficult and unnecessary.