I love, love, LOVE the look of Mercury Glass!
Since I don’t have a huge stash of vintage Mercury Glass in my storage building (I know that may surprise some of you! lol) I had to find another way to achieve this look!
The tutorial I have today is one of my favorites! I’m going to share with you a fast and easy way to turn plain glass into glass that looks like an antique mirror. So let’s get busy!
Here are the supplies you will need. Plain regular glass. Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)
Gold spray paint. I used an antique gold.
A spray bottle with 50% water 50% white vinegar mixture. Paper towels and glass cleaner.
You will start with a plain piece of regular glass. I had mine cut at Lowe’s. I was using an existing picture frame so I have the glass cut to fit the frame I had.
I actually did several pieces at one time. Clean the glass with Glass cleaner to remove any dirt or oil. Lay your glass out flat. I used a box and some brown paper under mine to keep it off the grass.
Shake the can according to directions.( It’s a lot of shaking but it has to happen!) LOL
Spray the 1st coat of the Looking Glass spray over the entire piece of glass. You do not have to spray this super thick because you’re going to do three coats total. Allow this to dry for one minute.
Now mist the vinegar water solution over the entire piece of glass. Because the vinegar is acidic it will cause the Looking Glass paint to release from the glass. This will allow you to move it around with a paper towel. Let it dry one minute.
I tried to get a picture to show what the vinegar looks like but the sun was reflecting off the glass. I moved to the shade after this picture. Basically you want to mist it evenly over the entire piece of glass.
After one minute take the scrunched up paper towel and dab the vinegar. You want to move the paint around a little. It almost makes it crackle in some areas. In other areas it will pull off completely.
This didn’t photgraph very well. You can kind of see where paint lifted off.
You will repeat this process for a total off 3 coats of Looking Glass and 3 coats of Vinegar solution. Each time you dab the paper towel it moves the paint in different areas.
This last step is optional. I like to spray a light coat of gold (more of an antique gold and not bright shiny gold) spray paint over the entire piece of glass. I do not try to cover the whole area. Just here and there.
This makes the Mercury glass look aged. This is what the finished product looks like before you turn it over.
Do not be afraid. Lol. It’s supposed to look this way. Remember the side you’re working on is actually the back.
When you leave some areas without the gold paint it will allow you to see your wall color through the crackled places.
This is a picture of the finished product! It’s much prettier in person. Because it reflects like a mirror it’s hard to get a great picture.
Have I mentioned that I Love this product? 😉
I made these about a year ago for my bathroom. I had a set of pictures that were a little dated. I still liked the frames. I took them apart, and had 2 pieces of glass cute to fit my frame.
My son Beau gave me several black and white pictures from an antique book. They are pictures of Washington D.C.
Our family took a trip to D.C. several years ago. We had a great time! That makes these prints very special to me
I used scrapbook paper, handmade paper and burlap to layer my print on. I placed all of that on top of the Mercury Glass.
Then I used a plain piece of glass on top of everything and placed it back into the frame. I did not use anything behind the Mercury Glass so my wall color would show through the crackled mirror.
There are tons of possibilities for this product! I have several more I’ll be sharing with y’all very soon! Happy Labor Day Y’all! 🙂
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Awesome! Makes me want to get busy and make something fabulous!
I would love to come to Mayberry and help you! 🙂