Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mercury Glass Vase

Let's face it...weekends are great. They are especially great when, after weeks of searching, I find "Looking Glass" spray paint at the local hardware store. Yea!!!

Before starting on the $4 Glass vase I scored at the thrift store, (did I tell you there is a thrift store 2 blocks from my home?), I tried out the instruction posted by Anna at "Take The Side Street". 

  Looks great huh??

So, on with the large vase.... 
I followed Anna's instruction at this point so go HERE 

 One thing I did do that was a bit different was to spray the paint in the bottom of the vase and then role it around to cover all of the interior surface.

Here you can see the what it looks like through the drying process....turns from an ugly grey to a mirror. It drys really fast so time is of the essence.

 Next (per the instructions) I sprayed the 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar solution right on the dried paint.

Note: I only used one layer of Looking Glass spray paint which is different then the five coats that Anna demonstrated. 

Per the instructions, I then very gently rubbed (and blotted) the inside with a paper towel to lift the paint off the glass.

Now here is where I did things a little different. 

After the initial paint removal, I spray painted the inside of the vase again and BEFORE it dried, I sprayed the water/vinegar solution. This caused the wet paint to bead up slightly AND to run a bit which caused a really unique effect. After the water/vinegar dried slightly I blotted again. I did this over and over again until the look I wanted was achieved. (scroll down to the bottom)...

Note: The color is a bit off in the last three photos as they were taken in the dining room with a different light. The first picture is closest to what it looks like....a mirror (if that makes sense)


  1. Love this! One day I'll have time to do these sorts of projects again :-) Until then, I enjoy reading about yours!

  2. Fantastic!! Great tutorial. I must try this technique.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting.