Creating a Faux Antique Mirror and Mercury Glass Look...
I love mercury glass and the vintage look of an antique mirror, how the backing naturally etches off in places over the years. I know there is a way to take a perfectly fine mirror look antiqued as well, this involved a particular acid, something I would like to try in the future. Meanwhile, here is a very simple tutorial on how to create this look with a product call Looking Glass by Krylon.
I have always wanted to do this project and thought it would be perfect when I was refishing a hutch and needed somehthing a little different.
I am fortunate that I have this nice built in hutch in my dining room, but instead of an area to display all my fine china (right:)), what I really needed was a place to store extra items...girls crafts, my sewing machine and misc. items. Yes, I know I have the whole base for that "stuff", but I need MORE room!!!! And these were basically items I did NOT want to be able to see.
Here is a quick tip on how I best acheived the "mercury glass" finish. Using the same supplies, spray a VERY, VERY, VERY light mist of the vinegar/water mixture. If you squirt too heavy, it will just make all the paint run and not adhere to the glass. After a light mist, start spraying the Looking Glass Paint. It will run, you will have to do many coats too. I kind of moved the jar around to help the mercury glass droplets go what I wanted it to as it rolled down. layer on the paint until you have the look you would like.