West Elm Hack – DIY Mercury Glass

One of the latest trends in home décor for the past little while has been Mercury Glass – you see it everywhere these days!  In votives, vases, decorative glassware and even sculptures.  You can get them in standard silver, antique gold, rose gold and even turquoise.  As beautiful as they are, they can get pricy, especially if you want to create a statement by clustering a bunch of them together.  So since I’ve been on the DIY bandwagon this past summer, I decided to see if I could make them myself.  I saw a number of posts on Pintrest and watched a few videos online and I kid you not, I was absolutely blown away on how easy it was!!!

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I first started off by going to my local thrift shop to look for glassware that I could transform into both votives and decorative vases.  I found 8 different types of good quality glassware for only $12!!!!  For comparison sake, just the large square vase retails around $24.99 at Michael’s and I only paid 99 cents for it!  Now, I’m not going to lie, they did look a little drab on the shelf, but all I did to fix that problem was soak them in hot soapy water for about 15 minutes, dry them with paper towel, and then lightly cleaned the entire surface with 99% rubbing alcohol using a cotton pad and they were good as new!


Now onto the project!  For this hack you will need:

  • glassware (different sizes if you want)
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray Paint (retails for aprox. $15 at Michael’s but I had a 40% off coupon that I used 🙂 )
  • some good quality painters tape
  • spray bottle filled with 50/50 water and vinegar
  • gloves & a mask – you don’t want to be inhaling any fumes!!! (picture not shown)

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First start off by making sure that the surface of the glass is clean.  Take some rubbing alcohol and give the surface a good once over.  Next, using the painters tape, carefully tape off the outside of the glass.  Since you will be spraying the inside, you want to make sure that the outside is protected in order to get the best effect.

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Next, take your spray bottle (I used an old body spray bottle that I had laying around) with the 50/50 water-vinegar mixture, and spray a light mist on the inside of your glassware.  You want to make sure that it is just a light spritz because this is what is going to help give you that infamous mercury glass look.

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Then, you take your spray paint and lightly spray a thin even coat in the glass.  Wait about 45 seconds and then give it another thin layer of paint.  As you do this, you will begin to see that the water-vinegar mixture that you sprayed first will start to eat the paint.  Keep adding alternating layers of the water-vinegar and spray paint until you get the desired look.  Tip: Make sure that you have your protective gear on and also that you are working outdoors to avoid inhaling any harmful fumes.  In addition, if you keep your glassware in the sunlight, it will absorb the excess vinegar water and you will end up with a sleeker look as opposed to dabbing the inside with a paper towel.

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The final look:
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What do you think?  Does my DIY stands up to the originals??? I hope that you enjoyed this quick and easy West Elm hack and try it out yourself.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Until next time!




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