DIY Mercury Glass Vase

DIY Faux Mercury Vase - Follow this tutorial to transform any vase into a mercury glass one.  virginiasweetpea.com Do you like mercury glass?  I do!  I recently experimented with a technique that produced a faux mercury glass vase.  I like the look of this vase so much that I am sure to make more.

 

Just before school was out, my friend Suzanne and I were on an early morning run when I spotted a vase in a cardboard box set out for the trash man.  I liked the shape of the vase and the heavy weight of the glass, so home with me it came.  It was dirty and had crusty deposits on the rim of the vase in the folds.  The dirt was easy to remove, but the deposits, not so much.  After scrubbing and scrubbing, I was able to remove most of the deposits with a wet sanding block.

Vase Found in the Trash

 

Since I failed to remove all of the encrusted deposits on the rim, I started this vase makeover by spraying the interior of the vase with white spray paint.

Vase with spray painted interior

 

I then used painter’s tape to cover the top of the vase to protect the white interior.

 Masking tape over the top of the vase.

To create the faux mercury glass effect, you’ll need:

  • Mirror Effect Spray Paint
  • Vinegar and water mixed 1:1
  • Paper Towels or a clean rag
  • Spray BottleSupplies needed to make a DIY Faux Mercury Vase Are you wondering why I am using a horse sprayer?  It creates a super fine mist that is perfect for this project.  I also happened to have it in my basement left over from my equestrian years.

To create the faux mercury glass effect, lightly spray the vase with the vinegar and water mixture.  Immediately cover the vinegar and water with a light coat of Mirror Effect paint.  Wait 2 to 3 minutes and then dab the vase with a balled up paper towel or rag.  Repeat until you get coverage that is pleasing to you.  I did three coats but in retrospect could have stopped at two.

DIY Faux Mercury Vase - Follow this tutorial to transform any vase into a mercury glass one.  virginiasweetpea.com

 

I love how the original peachy-pink color of the vase shows through the Mirror Effect paint.

DIY Faux Mercury Vase - Follow this tutorial to transform any vase into a mercury glass one.  virginiasweetpea.com

 

One of my Hydrangeas is blooming and looks so pretty in this vase.

DIY Faux Mercury Vase - Follow this tutorial to transform any vase into a mercury glass one.  virginiasweetpea.com

 

I’m so glad that I saved this vase from the trash and gave it a new look.

DIY Faux Mercury Vase - Follow this tutorial to transform any vase into a mercury glass one.  virginiasweetpea.com

 

Have you tried this technique?  If you haven’t, it is easy and the results really are pretty.

 

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Comments

  1. That’s so pretty! I love the ruffled fluted edge on that vase. Years ago I did a similar technique- but spray painted first then dunked the small item into water … It created a marble effect. Do you remember The Home Show- with Gary Collins? Long time ago— I learbed that technique on that show. God! I’m getting old

  2. Suzanne Ramsey says:

    I love this!

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