DIY Mercury Glass with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

I love the look of mercury glass. I love how it shimmers and yet still looks like vintage decor! Wikipedia says Mercury glass is “glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed.” I’ve watched quite a few tutorials on how to DIY Mercury glass with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, and I’ve decided to share a few different ways I created my own! I also experimented with adding a little color. Let me show you!

DIY Mercury Glass with Krylon Looking Glass Spray paint

I had a handful of glass vases that were dying for a makeover! LOL, OK maybe I hoard them and save them for future projects.

You can see where I previously used these Dollar store vases as Halloween candle holders. They worked well for the season, but I was ready to give them a more “permanent” makeover.

In all the tutorials I read, it said to use WIDE mouth vases or bottles. This is due to the fact that the mercury glass spray paint works best when applied to the INSIDE of the vases to give it that double walled look like Wikipedia talks about.

Since I have a few small mouth vases and large mouth vases too, I decided to try it both ways (spray painting the inside and outside of the vases) and let YOU decide which one looks better.

Below is a picture of the vases I’ll be transforming and the products I’ve used.

I decided while I was experimenting with applying the Krylon looking glass outside of the small mouth vases, I would add some color too!

I’m going to apply the Krylon Sea Glass spray paint on the inside and the Krylon looking glass to the outside. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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Materials to DIY your own Mercury Glass

Before you begin creating your DIY mercury glass, mix a vinegar solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle.

How to create your own Mercury Glass with Spray Paint and Vinegar

  1. Clean the vases or surfaces with a lint free cloth
  2. Decide if you are going to spray the outside or the inside of the vases
  3. If you are going to spray the inside, cover the outside surface with a disposable wrap
  4. Shake the can of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint at least one minute
  5. Spray one light and even coat
  6. Immediately spray a little vinegar solution on top
  7. Use a paper towel to lightly dab what you’ve sprayed
  8. Let it dry for at least 10 minutes
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 until you reach your desired finish

I’ll share some pictures of the faux mercury glass process.

You can see below where I covered the outside of the vases with painters tape and paper towels before I sprayed the Looking Glass.

After I sprayed the Looking Glass spray paint, I lightly sprayed the vinegar mixture on top.

DIY Mercury glass with Krylon looking glass spray paint

You can see below what the vase looked like after a few coats of the Looking Glass INSIDE the vase.

DIY mercury glass with spray paint inside the vase

Even though I like it, I thought it would still look better with a light coat of Looking Glass ON TOP of the vase as well. Below is what it looked like finished.

I said earlier that I wanted to experiment with a little color. I pulled out some old Krylon Sea Glass spray paint and decided to spray that to the inside of the small mouth vases.

DIY Mercury glass with Krylon looking glass spray paint

Next I sprayed the vinegar solution.

Then comes the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, but this time, I applied it to the OUTSIDE of the vase.

DIY Mercury glass with Krylon looking glass spray paint

The picture above is after the first coat of Looking Glass. A part of me wishes I had only done one coat. I ended up applying two coats and the picture below is what the final product looks like!

DIY Mercury glass with Krylon looking glass spray paint

You can still see a little color, but mostly the vintage mercury glass look.

DIY mercury glass with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint

I still think the small mouth vase is my favorite!

You know I love subtle pops of light blue and light green!

My cottage style dining room is coming together with a little faux mercury glass.

DIY Mercury Glass with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

DIY Mercury Glass with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

Learn how to create easy DIY mercury glass with Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. I've also experimented with a little color to some of the vases.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 10 dollars

Materials

  • Glass vases
  • Vinegar
  • Krylon looking glass - make sure you buy THIS brand
  • Spray bottle
  • Rag
  • Sea glass spray paint (optional)
  • Paper towels
  • Tape

Tools

  • no tools

Instructions

  1. Clean the vases or surfaces with a lint free cloth
  2. Decide if you are going to spray the outside or the inside of the vases
  3. If you are going to spray the inside, cover the outside surface with a disposable wrap
  4. Shake the can of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint at least one minute
  5. Spray one light and even coat
  6. Immediately spray a little vinegar solution on top
  7. Use a paper towel to lightly dab what you've sprayed
  8. Let it dry for at least 10 minutes
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 until you reach your desired finish

Notes

Before you begin creating your DIY mercury glass, mix a vinegar solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle.

I’ve got a few more projects for this room (cane back chair makeover and a new dining table!) and it will be done!

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I hope I’ve given you an easy tutorial to create your own DIY mercury glass. Happy crafting friends.

Lindsey**

18 thoughts on “DIY Mercury Glass with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

  1. I love these vases. You did a fabulous job. I do have a question. Why did it cost $40? I guess I’m not up to date on what these items cost. Thanks.

  2. Lindsey, I like the look a lot but I have a question. How can you “dab” the inside of a small mouth vase after you spray the inside with the paint and the water and vinegar solution? I mean, what would you use? Also, wouldn’t dabbing it just make smear marks? If you can clear up my confusion I just might be tempted to try doing this project. Heaven knows, I have enough various clear vases and containers!

    1. Hi Naomi, I used a stick or a straw and taped a paper towel to the end to “dab” the inside of the small mouth vases. Does it “smear?” Yes a tad and you have to be careful, but as long as it’s in the inside it still looks good from the outside.

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