Flea Market Furniture Flip - Small Hanging Shelf

3 Materials
4 Hours
While treasure hunting at a flea market I found a charming mirrored shelf piece. I paid all of $10 for it. I of course wanted to transform it to make it my own. I love the look of mercury glass and have read a lot about how to achieve the look through DIY hacks. I was excited to have a flea market furniture flip on my hands and planned to transform the mirror, plus add some color to the wood with paint!
What I instantly loved about this piece was the intricate swirl details along the side.
If you research it online, you’ll find there are many DIY hacks for taking a mirror or a piece of glass and making it look aged like mercury glass. I read a ton of DIYers advice on the process.
I summed up the DIY mercury glass process in my mind to layering a mixture of vinegar + water and looking glass spray paint, plus a darker spray paint. I started by spraying a thin layer of the vinegar mixture first, then began blotting in between this layers of mirror and oil rubbed  bronze spray paint to disperse the paint across the droplets.
Well I think I took a tiny bit too far. The layers of paint seemed to dry quickly before I could blot off enough of paint.
I plan on buying another piece of mirror to have another try at attempting the DIY mercury glass look. For now, the glass turned out okay for a first attempt!
For the paint color I decided to paint the shelf the new 2018 paint color of the year by PPG Voice of Color, Black Flame.
It’s a indigo-black, charcoal hue.  I see it as a modern, moody version of my long-time favorite color purple.
I love the moody look the mercury glass technique created. I couldn’t wait to find a spot to hang this piece and decorate the shelves.
I couldn’t wait to find a spot to hang this piece and decorate the shelves.
It's going to be fun to mix up the styling on the shelves every once and awhile.
I love the end product. It’s truly me. Some might not like the purple or the flourish details, but I do!
What I love about DIY projects is making something your own. We can all take inspiration from what we see in Pinterest or Instagram. For me when it comes to the things I bring into my home, I don’t just want to emulate a look. I take inspiration and create my own version. I personally love the feeling of transforming something to reflect myself. I look forward to finding another piece to make my own soon!

Suggested materials:

  • Rust-Oleum Specialty Mirror Effect Spray   (The Home Depot)
  • Metallic Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint   (The Home Depot)
  • Black Flame Paint Color   (PPG Paints Store)

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  • Mad Mad on Aug 08, 2017
    couldn't you do the same with galvanized piece of tin?

  • Barb Brown Barb Brown on Aug 08, 2017
    I think you skipped a step or two. What did you do with the mirror spray paint?

  • Carolyn Barr Carolyn Barr on Jul 03, 2020

    Love it! So unique!


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