Painting a faux mercury glass mirror is a great way to get that antiqued, aged mercury glass look for a fraction of the cost.
I love the look of Mercury glass, and old silvered antique mirrors. I had an old window with clear glass that I thought would be the perfect way to try out a new technique with metallic paint and silver leaf. This is also a great way to recreate mercury glass on new glass. 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 tutorial (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 and using craft paint is an inexpensive way to create your own mercury glass look.
Start dabbing on paint to work towards your aged mirror effect to create the look of mirrored paint.
After cleaning the window, and using painters tape to tape off the edges. I did a base coat of painting the frame with chalk paint, knowing I would need to touch up again when I was done with the mercury glass portion. To begin, I started by carefully, lightly dabbing thin layers of pearl paint on the back side of the window on the glass panes. This will help give a sheen to your faux painted mercury glass. The easiest way is to use paper towel or rag and blot the paint on in thin coats, it will create a more aged pattern. I recommend using a window with a tempered glass in it for safety reasons for this DIY project. Even if it is tempered, I am still always careful to use light pressure so I don’t accidentally break the glass.
After the first coat of Pearl paint, then dab on different coats of paint of Black Tie, Champagne Gold, and then the Silver paint. Be very light with the gold, and add more of the silver. You are going for a mottled mercury glass effect on the glass. Keep dabbing until you get a coverage over the entire window. Repeat the steps until you get the level of desired patina.
Let your paint dry. You can see I have various shades and textures of paint to create layers of your faux mercury glass to create a pretty sparkle. You can do this with technique with glassware or even glass candlesticks.
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 in the end result like a well-aged mirror.
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 DIY mercury glass 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 craft store also carries a few products if you don’t want to use silver leafing, Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint, and Krylon Looking Glass Spray paint are two other options to get the mirrored look on the outside of the glass. It will also give a softer mirrored look than the silver leaf. There is also a technique with a white vinegar water mixture, but I haven’t tried that yet myself.
The effect is so lovely, I really want to do this with a door or much larger window. I love the look of metallic paint using glass paint like this gold mercury glass effect on these mini-vases.