Do you the love the look of mercury glass like I do? For this DIY project, I not only created a mercury glass lamp base, but added some jute to the lamp base for an extra special twist. Step-by-step instructions below.
I absolutely love the look of mercury glass. And I am on a mission these days! Today I’m showing you how I took a clear glass lamp and created this beautiful look. Next…I’m moving onto some ornaments, vases and votive candle holders. And the best part? IT’S SO EASY!
I’m joining some friends today for our monthly DIY Blog Hop, where we have a different theme each month, and this month is lighting DIYs. You will find a variety of inspiring posts and all the bloggers and links are listed at the bottom of my post so you won’t miss any of the great ideas!
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It all started when I found a glass lamp base at our Goodwill for $5.99. I’ve always wanted to try to create a mercury glass lamp base, but kept procrastinating. I now had some motivation.
- A spray bottle of half water/half white vinegar
- Painters tape
- Glass lamp base
- Old cardboard box
- Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint
- Paper towels
If you are going to add jute to the lamp base
- Roll of Twine
- Hot Glue Gun
Step-By-Step Instructions for a Mercury Glass Lamp Base
Using painter’s tape, tape off the entire outside of the glass base of the lamp. I removed the electrical cord and wires for this project to keep them from touching the wet paint inside. After taping, poke a hole where the wires come through the top of the lamp base. This will allow the water/vinegar solution you are spraying inside, to drain.
Turn the lamp upside down and inside an old cardboard box to secure the lamp. We actually used a couple of masking tape rolls, which worked great.
Mix one part water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle.
Using the finest mist setting on the spray bottle, mist the inside of the glass lamp base with the 50/50 water and white vinegar solution.
Immediately spray the damp lamp with a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. When using the spray paint, work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Let the spray paint dry for 1 to 2 minutes, then spray again with just the water/vinegar solution and let dry for 3 to 5 more minutes.
Using paper towels or a cloth, gently blot away the excess moisture on the glass, which will give the glass the mercury glass effect. It’s important not to rub.
Repeat steps 3 through 5 as many times as you it takes to get the effect you are looking for. I did this a total of 3 times.
Allow the glass to dry completely before removing the protective tape from the glass lamp base, and reinstalling the electrical wiring.
And Here’s the Twist – Adding Jute
I wanted to add some warmth and texture to the lamp, so I decided to use some jute to achieve this look.
Apply a drop of glue with the glue gun to the back of the lamp, where you are going to start wrapping the jute, providing a solid anchor to hold the jute while wrapping it around the lamp.
Wrap the jute around the area of the lamp base you want to cover.
Apply another drop of glue at the finishing point to end the jute wrap to secure.
And here is the finished mercury glass lamp base with a jute twist.
Because it was my first time using this technique, I learned a lot about how I wanted the finish to look. I will probably spray the lamp an additional time (that would make 4 coats) to get the finish just a little darker next time. But overall, I really liked the way it turned out.
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