Turn boring dollar store glass bottles into GORGEOUS faux vintage mercury glass in just a few steps!
I think I’m in love. I finished this project and then texted my friend Bre and said, “I think I want to mercury glass everything in my house!” That wouldn’t be weird, would it? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not the first person on the web to tell you how to fake mercury glass. But those other tutorials are all pretty much the same and use the same supplies. Which is fine. But I wanted mine to look like REAL and OLD mercury glass. And if you look at old mercury glass, it has dark spots, it has dull spots and it’s just generally more varied than the standard fake mercury glass look. So I experimented a little bit and came up with a method that turns out this incredibly gorgeous faux vintage mercury glass. It’s just so pretty I can’t even stand it! Someone help me before I mercury glass my kids! Anyway, here’s how you do it…
DIY Faux Vintage Mercury Glass
Glass jars or bottles (wider mouth is better)
Frosted glass paint (not glass etching medium)
Oil rubbed bronze spray paint (ORB for you YHL fans!)
Make sure your glass bottles or jars are clean and dry. Two of mine were from the dollar bin and one is an empty cocktail sauce jar. Wide mouth glass works much much better for this project. Then, using a bunched up paper towel, lightly dab inside the jars with the frosted glass paint. You don’t want to cover the entire surface just parts of it randomly. 2. Wait until that is dry and then protect the outside of your glass. I used a combination of painter’s tape and saran wrap. 3. The standard mercury glass tutorials will tell you to use 50/50 water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. I used 100% vinegar. I like to live on the wild side. And clearly it worked! Anyway, set your spray bottle to mist and spray inside the glass until some small droplets form. You don’t want big drips or too fine of a mist.
4. Before the vinegar dries, spray inside the glass with the mirror finish spray paint. Since I did this outside, and, as I tell O all the time, I am not an octopus, I only have two hands, I didn’t get pics of this part. I’m sorry. Just spray a light even coat.
5. When that dries, repeat the vinegar/mirror spray again. You want to build up about an 80% opaque coating inside.
6. I would leave this overnight. Then when it is finally dry, including any paint/vinegar that puddled at the bottom (hopefully there isn’t too much of this, if there is, you’re using too much vinegar or too much mirror paint) spray inside from as far away as possible with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Really, you just want a light might, It’s ok if there are some splatters or bigger droplets of this but you don’t want a thick heavy coat that covers everything.
7. Let it dry again and then bring it inside and remove the painters tape and saran wrap!
Obviously these are not intended to hold food or water so don’t use them as a candy dish or to hold flowers. But that’s ok because they’re gorgeous enough on their own!! If you liked this, you may also like some of my other posts…