Some people are super lazy, and by “some people”, I mean me. DIY projects scared me off for a long time. I envisioned an hour-long trip to Home Depot, sweat-filled sessions of gluing, hammering, sanding and stapling, then somehow, after sleepless nights and 5,000,000 splinters, turning a dingy wood plank into Martha Stewart’s own headboard.
But this project? Piece of cake.
Thanks to my friends at Krylon, Looking Glass spray paint is your best friend when it comes to achieving the trendy mercury glass effect, and all it takes is one easy step. The can was a little more pricey than I was used to ($11.99 at Hobby Lobby), but there’s a rumor they have it at Walmart and also in a smaller size.
I started by collecting clear glass items around the house that would work well for this type of paint (a must-know about Krylon’s Looking Glass: it must be used on the reverse side of the surface because it’s actually the back of the paint that’s reflective). I settled on a decorative goblet (given to me for Christmas packed with candy), a pickle jar (put through the dishwasher to remove the label) and a basic tealight holder (Target, 99 cents).
Lightly spritzing the inside of the objects, I let each round dry for a few seconds before dotting the outside for added texture. Unlike regular spray paint, you don’t need to apply a solid layer since you want the glass to peek through (which makes this project virtually mistake-proof) and soon, they were ready!
I topped off the arrangement with some fresh blooms from the local flower shop, and had a perfectly-imperfect set of mercury glass accessories to display!
What would you use Looking Glass on? See my other DIY’s at the Tuesday Tutorials column at the ONEHOPE Weddings blog.