Simple method of taking any cheap glass vase and making it into a faux antique mercury glass piece. I used two standard glass vases that I picked up at a discount store for less than $10
each. I'm now on the lookout for more pieces at thrift stores to make sparkly Christmas vignettes. Get a can of Krylon "Looking Glass" spray paint (available at Ace Hardware/K-Mart/Craft Stores, according to the Krylon website, but I couldn't find any in Las Vegas, so I ordered the small can online to give it a try). Paint is about $11/can. Step 1. Clean glass well. For the larger piece, I sprayed the inside, for the narrower piece, I sprayed the outside, with identical results. Step 2. Spray, using several light coats, being careful not to overspray to avoid runs. The paint is slightly cloudy when sprayed, but dries VERY quickly to a mirror-like finish. Step 3. After about 3 light coats, mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the painted surface enough to create beads. Step 4. Let sit about a minute, then dampen a paper towel with the vinegar/water mixture and firmly "pat" the beaded moisture that sits on the paint. You can actually rub a little in places, removing some of the paint as you go. Keep dabbing/wiping until you create the antique/worn look you desire. Step 5. After the piece completely dries, spray one very light coat of the looking glass paint over the already painted surface. This fills in the wiped away spots, adding dimension. You can repeat steps 3-5 until you get the look you want, although I only did it once.
Commented on Feb 12, 2013
What about using this paint for a bowllng ball? Do you think it would look like a gazing
This is a mahogany coffee table that was my parents and I thought I wanted a lighter wood so sanded it down and made a mess. Have kept it for years unfinished. Thought I would chalk paint
it and add a large roman numeral clock face to the top lapping it over onto the leaves that fold up. It also has pulls on each side that will raise the table to dining height..Pretty cool when you need extra seating. What can I do to make the metal parts (knobs,feet and leaf holders) new again?
is the plating co and they are still in business. My parent were very good friends of Marvin Hiles and I knew William (Billy). I have left word for him to call me. thanks for the suggestion. Old home week!!! lol