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DIY Copper and Burgundy Mercury Glass

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It’s thrift store time and this month I’ve got some gorgeous DIY Copper and Burgundy Mercury Glass to share with you!!!  I wanted to add copper and burgundy colors to my Fall Mantel this year, so I thought I’d play around with some thrift store pieces I found and spray paint.

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

Copper and Burgundy Mercury Glass

Let me show you what I started with.  I found these pieces for either 50 cents or $1 at my local thrift store.

Thrift Store glass pieces

I liked the ornate designs on these pieces and thought they would look great (if my plan worked).  I saw similar pieces with the mercury glass look in the latest Pottery Barn catalog.  I figured for a few bucks and some spray paint it would be worth a try to see if I could replicate the look for WAY cheaper.

Supplies for DIY Copper and Burgundy Mercury Glass: (affiliate links provided for your convenience)

Step 1:

Clean your glass pieces well!  Make sure you get off any sticky residual from your price tags, etc.

Step 2:

Soak a paper towel with some white vinegar.  I recommend doing this outside (unless you love that vinegar smell).  Take the soaked paper towel and wipe the inside of the glasses.  I did one piece at a time.  Now some people with use a spray bottle.  That’s up to you.  If you want more of the dotted look inside with the silver paint… then use a spray bottle.  I wasn’t looking for just dots, I wanted some swipes too.  So I went with the paper towel and it worked great!

Looking Glass spray paint

Step 3:

Immediately after you wipe down the inside spray a light coat of the Looking Glass spray paint.  Now if you’ve got high humidity or it’s really cold you might want to wait a minute.  It was in the 80’s when I was spray painting, so the vinegar was drying quick!

Looking Glass spray paint

 

You can see how it will look.  You can still see through with the Looking Glass spray paint, but the vinegar gives it some texture and an aged look… perfection!

Step 4:

I let the Looking Glass spray paint dry completely ( a couple hours) and then flipped it over to start on the outside colors.  I used just one, light coat of the Bright Coat Copper spray paint and the Satin Claret Wine spray paint.  You want to be able to still see through the glass to the inside with the beautiful Looking Glass finish.

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper as it's being spray painted

I just love how it turned out!!!

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

You can see hints of the Looking Glass spray paint peaking through.  I love the silver mixed with the copper… so pretty!

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

So pretty with that burgundy and silver mix too!

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

I call a Project Success!  Well, you never know when you get a crazy idea, how it’s going to turn out.  But the beauty of thrift store pieces is that you find more freedom in being creative, but you got it for so cheap!

DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

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DIY Mercury Glass in Burgundy and Copper - learn how to make your own - perfect for fall decor!

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20 Comments

  1. Hi Maryann,
    I haven’t thought about this. I have this old glass pieces which are jus collecting dust in the cabinet.
    Thanks for the great idea!
    Cheers,
    Jessica

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