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Mercury Glass Tutorial

Hi everyone! This is the tutorial some of you have been waiting for! This tutorial is a simple method of taking any cheap glass vase, votive, or candlestick, and making it into a faux antique mercury glass piece. There are so many choices of clear glass vases at the dollar stores! Tons! For this tutorial you will need:

  • Rustoleum ‘Mirror Effect’ or Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint.  Regular paint will not work
  • Spray Bottle-Must have a mist spray  Not spray or Jet filled with water
  • Newspaper, or something to protect your working surface.
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Gloves
  • And of course your glass piece

Step 1:

Be sure your glass piece is thoroughly cleaned inside and out. For a larger piece, where you can maneuver your hand inside the piece easily and spray, then you will spray inside piece. For smaller pieces, or for candle holders like I am doing ….I sprayed on the outside. There really is no difference in the  final result. dscn4363

I am using the Rustoleum Gold Mirror Effects on this one. I have done many silver ones but not the gold
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Step 2

Be sure to shake the can well. Mist your piece with water….remember ..it must be a fine mist spray to work properly. You want small beads of water to form on the glass surface. Then quickly you follow with a light spray onto your piece with the Mirror Effect spray paint. The water droplets won’t let the paint adhere to those places, and that creates the old mottled Mercury glass finish. Do not worry if some of the spray paint and water run down the sides to the bottom, that’s normal.

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Wait five minutes for the paint to dry , then very carefully dab away  any excess water and spray paint from the bottom with a paper towel, being careful not to hit the pieces sides. I’m spraying on the outside so I don’t have to do that step.

Step 3

I continued coating the piece first with a light mist spray of the water…then followed by a light spray of the paint.

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I continued doing this with 3-5 coats until it has reached your desired appearance. Do not get discouraged. It won’t look it’s best till you have a few coats of each on the piece.

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If your doing the insides of the glass, you can use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to carefully remove the over spray on the outside. Doing the outside of a piece like I’m doing..I didn’t have to worry about it. Look at the plastic the piece is sitting on. Pretty isn’t it…hmm…another idea is brewing.

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What I noticed with this particular spray from Rustoleum….it’s not shiny like the silver ones I have done in the past. Very matte. Here are some others I have done in silver that came out wonderful!

Both these candlesticks were done in the silver on the outside.

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This is a lamp that was done on the outside:

 

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This one was done from the inside:

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Have fun now creating your own faux mercury glass. the votive s look so pretty with a candle inside.

  • For added protection add a thin coat of ultra cover 2x matte clear to the painted side
  • For enhanced reflectivity, add a thick coat of ultra cover 2x flat black to the painted side. This gives you that blackened background

If you have any questions at all…don’t hesitate to ask. And…I would really love to see your creations when your finished…Thank you for looking!

You can purchase the silver mirror effect here if you can’t find it: Through Amazon…best price.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FMRXJW2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kelleysdiy_kelleysdiy00-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00FMRXJW2&linkId=36dd257877b2e33360302174c3ea6b4f

Also the gold here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KG7IL8O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kelleysdiy_kelleysdiy00-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01KG7IL8O&linkId=f0252b3cc10e5b1d31f69fbdef13fd8a

Thank you for looking!

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All These Angels!

I received a big surprise in my mailbox today! Remember when I showed the ‘Angel Wings’ Tutorial? I had asked if anyone made angels….well Feisty Frog sent me some beautiful ones that she handcrafted! These are just some of them!

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Thank you so much for sending me your pics of all these awesome angels! You are one creative lady!!! Check out her blog at: http://deweyhop.wordpress.com/

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!!

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Before and Afters

I was looking around the internet and I found some of the most clever ‘before and afters’

You will not believe the difference in these…

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To This:

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What a difference…so light and airy!

Before: Office Features

The home included the bones of an amazing office when the homeowners moved in. This built-in unit, while large and sturdy, was in need of an update. More wood paneling was removed from the home for this process, and additional gray paint was added to the docket.

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After: Shades of Gray

The built-in floor-to-ceiling shelves and cabinets were standouts for storage—they just needed a fresh face. Two shades of chalk-finish paint gave the wall a graphic, attention-grabbing quality. Painting the backs of the shelves showcases the room’s colorful and unique accessories.

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Boys Room

The first-floor bedroom wasn’t fit for a little prince. Oak paneling in the boy’s room had to go, as did the funky baby blue and cream floor tiles.

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After: Space-Age Style

Oak paneling and rooster wallpaper in the little boy’s room was replaced with serene gray walls enlivened with black triangle decals. The Sputnik-style chandelier fosters a fun midcentury modern mood. The playful feeling gets a boost from a pop of orange introduced via an upholstered headboard

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Child’s Play

The second-floor bedroom was reimagined as a playroom. The homeowners laid luxury vinyl tile over the existing ’60s floor tile, painted the wainscoting white, and gave the kids a huge canvas for artwork, spelling practice, and math problems by dressing the walls with black chalkboard paint. Three-dimensional art hangs on the wall inside chalkboard frame

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Cottage Dreams

A pink house-shape headboard, complete with roof and chimney, was built with fun fabrics to add playfulness to this little girl’s room. The fabrics were tacked to the wall with a nail, then liquid starch was poured into a paint pan and lightly rolled over the fabrics. Liquid starch dries overnight and peels off without gouging or scraping when it’s time for a change of scenery. Bands of gray ribbon, also secured with starch, outline the roof.

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Bathroom Beauty

The contemporary yet rustic powder room vanity was built using a flea market dresser and stylish vessel sink. The top two drawers were removed to accommodate the plumbing, and the drawer faces were reattached with wood glue.

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Cool Revivals

The home office imbued with rustic charm thanks to salvaged wood paneling from an old barn, was a long renovation project for the homeowners. You can now buy wood paneling with adhesive  backing, but this project was done before that product was widely available. The chairs were spotted in a dumpster at a local restaurant, which had discarded them as part of a remodel. The homeowners snagged them and added modern appeal with two shades of decorative chalk-finish paint and gold-dipped legs.

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Before: Wall Refresh

Dated ’60s wallpaper cloaked most of the house. The homeowners dutifully stripped off the old wall treatment throughout. Their secret recipe for wallpaper removal? Hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle.

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After: Painted Beauty

The kitchen’s existing banquette and leather cushions were still in good shape. But to separate the table from the benches the homeowners gave the seats a kicky new coat of cobalt blue paint. Charcoal gray walls, white window trim, and quirky wall decor completed the modern update.

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Dining Masterpiece

For a dose of pattern, a black-on-white geometric design was added to a dining room wall. The motif was drawn with a yardstick and pencil then the lines were traced over with black paint using a small brush. The dining room chandelier was built by the homeowners: The couple threaded the cords of five light sockets through a salvaged board and hung it by a chain.

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I hope you enjoyed these transformations.

 

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Rag Rug

Hi there! I am finally done with this rug!! A friend asked if I would make her one for her bedroom. Of course, I have nothing else to do …right?!

This is a really easy craft, even your kids could help you.You only need 3 things…

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You can purchase these non skid rug helpers at home improvement stores, craft stores, Walmart…very inexpensive. Three different colors, 1 yrd each.of a lightweight, almost sheer poly. Be sure it has some stretch to it. You can use any kind of fabric…this is just what I used. You can use one of these hook tools, crochet hook,  or any kind you have.Here’s how I did it.

First you need to make long 1 1/2″ strips using all the material. Then you need to make 6″ strips. You can do this by wrapping it around something 6″…I used a book. Try a picture frame,etc. Keep wrapping around and around and around. When you come to the end of the strip, cut each end….like making a pom pom..

Starting from one corner, go inside down  into one opening, then back up in the next opening…

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It will look like this:

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Pull each end tight and tie a knot:

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This took hours and hours. Do this while watching a movie…every night for  a couple of weeks.

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It is very easy to do, just a bit time consuming…but I think it’s worth it!

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The happy look on her face  was so worth the effort.

 

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DIY Farmhouse Decor

The farmhouse look is so great because it is to very simple. You use the simplest of materials and designs to create a look that is instantly relaxing and comforting. Farmhouse furniture is the perfect way to add a welcoming touch to your home. You won’t even need a lot of stuff to build most of these or a lot of time. they are as simple as you can get and I just want to add all of them to my home. I hope you will feel the same. Let’s take a look at some of the simplest ways to bring welcoming farmhouse style into your home!

Gallery Entry Wall

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This gorgeous gallery entry wall may be the easiest project you’ve ever done. If you’re looking to really get that farmhouse look throughout your home, you have to start at the beginning and the entry is that beginning. A few strategically hung pictures and some rustic wood signs or old frames instantly transform the entryway. You can pick up old signs and pictures at a flea market, or create them yourself.

Instructions: lillianhopedesigns

Pallet Coffee Station

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I love things that you can make from old pallets and this coffee cup holder also satisfies that farmhouse kitchen vibe. You just use strips of wood from an old pallet, paint as you wish, and then add the hooks. This is a beautiful way to display your coffee cups and keep them close at hand. And, did I mention how easy this project is?

Instructions: onelittlebirdblog

DIY BARNWOOD SHELF

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Want an easy way to bring a bit of farmhouse charm into your home? These barn wood shelves are so simple and you can have them hanging in any room…or all of them if you want. Wooden brackets that you can pick up at any home improvement store can be painted and distressed to add to the look. Then you just add a strip of old wood to give it that great barn wood look.

Farmhouse Accent Table

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Mirror Update

If you have visited my blog, then you know how I love to create something pretty from something that has been cast away. I found this old black mirror at a garage sale for $1.00. It had a black frame that was badly beaten up, but the mirror was in great shape.
I wanted this for my walk in closet makeover. I spray painted it with Rustoleum silver metallic, added a stencil from the dollar store. Put some pretty ribbon for hanging and that’s it! Looks so pretty in my closet!

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This is one of my makeovers that ANYONE can do!! So, don’t pass up on any bargains at garage sale, thrift stores, etc…..It’s so easy to make something trashy…pretty!