DIY: Antique Mercury Glass

August 15, 2012

I might be a little obsessed with home decor, crafting, and up-cycling lately.  I might also be slightly obsessed with garage sales, thrift store, and antique shopping.  The older, more rustic looking, the better.  And cheap is even better!

I have plenty of boring ole mason jars, plain glass vases, and what nots laying around.  I think a mirror or lamp would also be a fun mercury glass project.  So why not have a little fun with them.  This is quite possible one of the easiest projects I have completed.

I love they way they turned out, simple, beautiful, slightly rustic, and just perfect, if I do say so myself.  In fact, the more spots the better.

To start, find some glass jars, vases anything you’d like the make into mercury glass.

The hardest part was finding the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.  I eventually found it at Walmart of all places.  For this job I used 1-1/2 cans of spray.

In a spray bottle, add 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water.  Set to fine mist.

Lightly mist your jar

Then quickly spray with the looking glass spray.

And repeat, wait about 30 seconds, and lightly dab the surface with a clean paper towel.

This will give the glass the irregular look.  Do more or less to your preference.

Repeat these steps on all of your glass for about 3-4 coats.

Be sure to flip the jars upside down to get all angles. I didn’t spray the insides as I wanted to put water and flowers in them.

Check for touch up areas, and if needed add another coat.

That’s it!  Let them dry a few hours and use as you would like.  They dry super quickly!

I cut some flowers from our garden and used them as a pretty display in my kitchen window!

I love the way they turned out, the more spotty the better in  my opinion.

Such a fun, simple way to turn the ordinary into something a little more special.

What would you make into antique mercury glass?

For more DIY ideas check out these linkies: Beyond the Picket Fence, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Christina’s Adventures, The 36th Avenuethe Shabby Nest, my repurposed Life, Finding Fabulous, Fingerprints on the fridge, chick on a shoestring decorating, the Shabby Nest, Fireflies and Jellybeans, my romantic home, Nap Time Crafters

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Cassie August 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

Nice crafting idea! Like it!


Francine August 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Great diy project … thanks for sharing:)


Gina August 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Oh how lovely- definitely adding this to my project list.


Barbara @DIY Home Staging Tips August 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I see this a a perfect way to turn junky thrift store glass vases into beautiful Christmas decor items. Summer’s not quite over, but I beginning to think in holiday terms. I’d rather be doing spray painting outside in the fall than in winter. Thanks for a nice tutorial.


Allison {A Glimpse Inside} August 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

They turned out so good! Perfect way to spruce up some finds!
Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party. I will be featuring this tomorrow! 🙂


Justyn @ Creative Christian Mama August 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

These are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your idea. I saw you at the Christina’s Adventures link-up. 🙂


Kathryn Griffin August 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

Wow, that is just fantastic! Love it. Visiting from Catch as Catch. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


Meg August 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Such a fun idea! I’m going to pin it. 🙂 I love the way your vases turned out. So cute!


gail August 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love how your faux mercury glass turned out! Really great tute, thanks for sharing at CCC last week. (catching you this thursday)


Amber August 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Great Post! I just added your button to my “shares” page as must read/follow! I can’t wait to try this technique! 😀 ~Amber of


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