Painting a faux mercury glass mirror is a great way to get that antiqued,aged,patinated look for a fraction of the cost.
I love the look of Mercury glass, and old silvered mirrors. I had an old window that I thought would be the perfect way to try out a new technique with metallic paint and silver leaf., I even included a few projects in my Christmas book on Amazon that use mercury glass spray paint.
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I used DecoArt paint for this project (this post is not sponsored). I used Pearl Extreme Sheen, Champagne Gold Extreme Sheen ,and Americana Multi-surface Metallic in Silver and Black Tie. I also used Silver Leaf, and leafing adhesive. I picked these paints because you can paint on almost any surface including glass.
Start dabbing on paint to work towards your aged mirror effect.
After cleaning the window, and painting the frame, I started by carefully, lightly dabbing the Pearl paint on the backside of the window. This will help give a sheen to your faux painted mercury glass.I recommend using a window with a tempered glass in it for safety reasons. Even if it is tempered, I am still always careful to use light pressure so I don’t accidentally break the glass.
After the Pearl, then dab on Black Tie, Champagne Gold, and then the Silver. Be very light with the gold, and add more of the silver. You are going for a mottled effect on the glass.
Let your paint dry. You can see I have various shades and textures of paint to create layers of your faux mercury glass.
Once your paint is dry, follow the directions on adding your silver leaf to complete your faux mercury glass mirror look.
I randomly applied my adhesive so the leafing would look patchy.
Once your leafing is done, paint the entire back of the glass in the black paint to make it dark and dense. This is going to give your mirror depth, and make it look like a real antiqued mirror, instead of a fake antiqued mirror.
Once I was done, I had a beautiful vintage, aged mirror effect.
The effect is so lovely, I really want to do this with a door or much larger window.
I added a pretty boxwood wreath. I love how the green looks against the silver.
If you love mercury glass,glitter, and gold and silver leaf, you can see this project,
and this project.