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Mercury Glass Vase

Mason Jars painted with mirror paint


Spray paint makes it easy to give ordinary glass vases and jars the look of mercury glass. See how we transformed these pieces using Rust-Oleum spray paint.

  1. Choose a work space outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, like an open garage. Cover nearby items with drop cloths or old sheets to protect them from spray mist.
  2. Clean the inside and outside of the glass with glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.
  3. Cover with paper and tape the outside of the jar or vase.
  4. Shake your can of Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray Paint for 1 minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the can of mirror paint 10-12” from the glass and spray a light coat on the inside of the vase or jar.
  5. While the Mirror Effect spray paint is still wet, spritz a solution of 2/3 water and 1/3 vinegar over the paint. Blot the inside of the vase with a paper towel to achieve a distressed look. If necessary repeat this step while the Mirror Effect spray paint is still wet to achieve your desired look.
  6. Optional: For a more distressed look, add a very light coat of Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover in Flat Black and blot with a paper towel.
  7. Let the inside of the vase completely dry before adding flowers.

Other Materials:

  • Glass Vases or Jars
  • Old Sheets or Drop Cloth
  • Painter’s Tape & Paper
  • Spray bottle filled with 2/3 water & 1/3 vinegar
  • Paper towels

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