You all know what "mercury glass" is, right?
Pottery Barn has made it famous.
Well, it's not the cheapest thing in the world to buy. And, I kept seeing Krylon's "LOOKING GLASS" all over the Internet....with promises that it resembled mercury glass. So I decided to try it.
It was a pill to find.
Contrary to all the places it was supposed to be......
It was not at Hobby Lobby.
Not at JoAnn's.
Not at Walmart.
But I did find it at Walmart.com.
So I ordered some.
The stuff is WEIRD!!!! You have to spray the INSIDE of whatever you are painting. So...you couldn't use it on a chandelier or a candlestick or a lamp....all the things I would love it on.
But you can Looking Glass the heck out of some Salvation Army glass vases!!!! And I did!
The first coat was thin and yucky and runny and I wasn't sure if this stuff was working right.
But I followed the directions (pretty much) and sprayed 3 thin coats (I think) and wondered if the runs would cover up???? (I eventually "broke" the runs up with rubbing alcohol!)
It's not like regular spray paint. It smells different, it feel different. Just fyi.
So after spraying the 3 coats and letting it dry.....I sprayed a 4th coat and spritzed rubbing alcohol on it.
Some of the online instructions I found said to dab the now wet inside of the vase with a rag in order to "break up" the finish to look more authentic. But, it was hard to get a rag into the skinniness of the vase....
So I MacGyver'd this project and wrapped a kitchen spoon with a paper towel....slipped my hand in the vase (see pic below) and dabbed away.
(see my hand in there?)
(Sidenote: I may need to warn you about eating soup at our house.....as I'm unsure what I did with this spoon!)
And lookie here.....perfect mercury glass!!!!!
Not bad for my first time, huh?
So have YOU tried "Looking Glass" yet?