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DIY Mercury Glass Vases

Add a splash of glamour to your home with this collection of luxe-for-less DIY mercury glass vases. How to step up your holiday decor with a DIY treatment that gives dollar store vases the look of luxurious mercury glass.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase

Estimated Time
3 Hours
Challenge Level

What You’ll Need to Give Dollar Store Vases a Mercury Glass Upgrade:
Dollar store glass vases
Drop cloth or old sheet
Disposable gloves
Lint-free rags
Krud-Kutter® Cleaner & Degreaser
White vinegar
Spray bottle of water (with mist setting)
Rust-Oleum® Specialty Mirror Effect spray paint in the colour of your choice

DIY Mercury Glass Vase

How to Give Dollar Store Vases a Mercury Glass Upgrade: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: To begin, move the glass vases to an open area, either outdoors or in a well-ventilated space such as a garage, and cover nearby items with drop cloths to protect them from over-spray when painting.

Step 2: Using a lint-free rag and Krud-Kutter cleaner, thoroughly clean, rinse and dry the glass surface to ensure that any sticky labels, dust or dirt are removed.

Step 3: Fill the spray bottle with one part water to one part white vinegar and gently shake to mix.

Step 4: Place the first glass item upside down on the centre of a cloth.

Step 5: Put on your disposable gloves and shake the can of Mirror Effect spray paint well for about two minutes.

Step 6: Holding the can approximately 8 inches away from the glass, apply a light coat of the paint around all glass surfaces.

Step 7: As soon as the glass is well coated with the Mirror Effect paint and while still wet, lightly mist the painted surface with the vinegar and water solution in the spray bottle. The mixture will react with the paint to create a speckled mercury glass patina.

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 and 7 on each of the remaining glass pieces and let dry for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 9: To protect the mercury glass paint finish, apply a light coating of Ultra Cover 2x Matte Clear Finish to all of the glass before placing on display.

Step 10: Let your creativity run wild to style your DIY mercury vases around the house, for centrepieces, etc. 


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