The junk man commeth...and I’m always glad to see what treasures he has on the back of his truck. This time it is a 100 year old leaded glass window. I picked out one of the best and have pondered what I want to do with it for the past year.
Mercury Effect a Vintage Leaded Glass Window
It obviously sat in a barn for 50 years so the first task was to clean it. I used soap and water then windex on the glass.
I sanded the wood and then taped off the lead and the wood frame.
There was lots of taping and then I used an exacto knife to trim the tape. I used packing paper to cover the frame.
Making sure the glass surface was clean, I used Rustoleum Mirror Effect Paint and a spray bottle with two parts white vinegar and one part water. The window needs to be level. I then sprayed the glass with the vinegar and water solution making sure each pane had sufficient water drops.
I then sprayed four light coats of paint onto the window. I let each coat dry for two minutes before applying the next coat.
I then lightly dabbed the water/vinegar drops off using a napkin. Do not rub unless you want a streaked effect.
I finished the project by staining the wood and then applying a coat of polyurethane.
This was my first go round in creating mercury effect glass. I found that there are dozens of different ways to create this effect so pick one and go for it.
I enjoyed this learning process and my new window. This window now has a home above my fireplace.