img October, 2021

Faux Mercury Glass Treatment, An affordable way to create upcyled décor pieces.

Faux Mercury Glass Treatment is an easy an affordable way to upcycle your old or used glass décor pieces. With a few basic supplies, such as vinagar, water, Looking Glass Paint and a spray bottle, you can change any piece into a stunning home accent.

The Looking Glass paint that I prefer to use for my projects is Looking Glass Paint by Krylon. There are many other brands available, most can be found with a Google search or on Amazon.

Mercury Glass Mirrored DIY Décor | How to create a Faux Mercury Finish

Before you began this DIY, you will want to gather your materials listed below. You may also wanted to take some precautions to help with clean up. Spray painting should always be done in a well ventilated area, and that you wear a mask, gloves, and protective eyewear. Also be sure to cover your working surface with a disposable drop cloth.

  • Krylon Looking Glass Paint (or the shade of your choice)
  • White Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle (be sure that it will spray a fine mist)
  • Alcohol, Paper Towels
  • Gloves, Mask and Protective Eyewear
  • Glass Vases in the shapes that suite your style

Start by cleaning all of your pieces with alcohol, making sure they are completely dry. After pieces are dry, mix equal parts of vinegar and room temperature water in your spray bottle. (be sure that you are wearing your proactive eye wear and gloves)
Apply the paint in steady even strokes until the surfaces are completely covered. Do not over load the paint in this first coat. Even coverage is more important than thick coverage to obtain a nice end result. Remember to keep your stokes as even as possible and, continue to brush in the same direction as much as possible. Air dry your pieces for at least one hour (2 to 3 hours is best) and then apply a second, and third coat if needed. Allow at least one hour of drying time between each coat.
Use a damp Q-Tip to clean up your edges if you need to. Then Allow the piece to dry for 2 to 3 hours before adding additional embellishments, or use your new vase/vases just as they are! To learn how to make the Lids and a Vanity Mirror depicted in the photo click here to watch:
Mercury Glass Mirrored Glam DIY Décor on YouTube.