Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mercury Glass Lamp-Project Complete

I am extremely excited to reveal to you my latest project but first, lets take a walk down memory lane. 
Remember this post from last month where I found a glass lamp at the thrift store? It was in perfect condition and I had envisioned it looking something like one of these pictures.........





Well..............after looking over a gazillion inspirational pictures, ok maybe not "gazillion" but A LOT of pictures, I decided to get-er done! At first I was apprehensive because it was such a nice lamp and in perfect condition with NO chips or scratches and it looked great just the way it was.........however, I knew it had potential to look even BETTER!
So here she is.....my new faux mercury glass lamp:




And here she is on our entry way table with a bunch of fresh bittersweet tied with burlap ribbon to coordinate with the burlap lamp shade.




Here are some close up pictures of the lamp-








And here it is at night with the light on-






I just love the mixture of textures that this lamp provides....you have the shiney but worn mercury glass next to the rustic texture of the burlap shade and bittersweet branches.




I started off this project with a plain glass lamp and used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to give the lamp a mercury glass finish.
Looking Glass Aerosol Spray Paint 6 Ounces
This paint is amazing! I used it the first time on some glass jars and  you can read about how to apply it here.
In a nut shell, this paint gives a mirror finish once it dries, so on most glass pieces, such as a vase, you would spray this on the INSIDE so that the mirror finish reflects to the outside of the vase.
My lamp was hollow so I was hoping I could paint the inside BUT the cord was permanently fixed so I could not take the lamp apart therefore painting the inside of the lamp was no longer an option and I was afraid if I sprayed the outside that I would not get a mirror like finish, but it turned out great despite my fears.  
Here is a before and after picture:
I added a simple burlap shade that I found at Wal-Mart for $10 bucks, so all together I spent roughly $15 bucks which is a STEAL compared to $50+ in the retail stores. Higher-end lamps like this at Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs run in the $100s so $15 bucks was well spent!
So lets recap....here are the inspiration photos.....
And here is my finished lamp...........
What do you think?
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Jennifer

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49 comments:

  1. This looks so great! I've got a thrift store trip planned this weekend- I am definitely looking for a piece to try with this technique.

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  2. Wow, this looks amazing! You did a great job. I love it!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

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  3. O, I absolutely love this. Can't wait to try it...Thanks so much for the tip on the glass spray paint.
    I am also linking up to follow...come by my place and follow along. :)

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  4. Don't you just love that Looking Glass Paint:)? Your lamp turned out great! Happy holidays!

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  5. Brilliant ..it turned out perfect! I have got to try this idea! Tanks for linking up! Karin

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  6. I love this lamp. It is really beautiful. I love the look of Mercury Glass. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesday-adorned-from-above-link-party.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  7. The lamp turned out beautiful and looks just like mercury glass! Thanks for sharing this project at the Open House party.

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  8. Love the mercury glass look! I'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can join in the fun!
    Leslie

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  9. I love this paint! What a difference it can make. Mercury glass is one of my favorites. Great job!

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  10. Love this! I've been wanting to try that paint myself. Nicely done! New follower from Friendly Friday Blog Hop!
    www.meetmaxwell.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks ladies I'm glad you liked it. This project was easy and it was fun to watch the lamp transform. If you are thinking about trying out the paint I highly recommend it!

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  12. I've been wanting to try that on a lamp! I'm glad it turned out so well! It is a huge steal!

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  13. It looks great! Turned out just like the PB lamps. Mercury glass is so fun and amazingly not too hard to make. I'm kinda addicted to it right now. haha!

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  14. Your lamp looks gorgeous! I love mercury glass and you've really captured it with your faux/knock off lamp.

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  15. What a great job! Neat paint. Need to investigate that.

    So happy to have Seasonal Sundays up and running again - and to have you be a part of it!

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. I was just in Pottery Barn today and saw their mercury glass pieces - very expensive! Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to do this! Your lamp is wonderful!

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  17. Looks fabulous Jennifer! Love the whole vignette! I looked for some of that in Michael's today and they were out! Checking Hob Lob tomorrow!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Blissful Whites Wednesday!
    Have a lovely week!
    Becky

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  18. Thanks ladies for such sweet comments. I hope you give the paint a try.

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  19. This mercury glass revamp on your lamp is just gorgeous! I want to get that paint and try it out on some glass candle holders.

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  20. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches. That paint is so cool. I had no idea! I'm putting it on my Lowe's List. The lamp turned out beautiful!

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  21. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  22. i really like how it turned out :)

    dropping by from The Clever Chicks Blog Hop, come and visit me back at:
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    rea

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  23. I love how it looks this lamp after the transformation!

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  24. Just found out that Krylon made this recently - HAVE to try this!
    Your lamp turned out gorgeous!!!

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  25. I'm glad to know you can use this paint on the outside of an object and get the mercury glass effect. I just used this paint this weekend for a wine bottle project. Your lamp turned out great!

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  26. The lamp looks so beautiful. I am really loving mercury glass too. I am pinning this for later.

    Michele @ Better Organized Living

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  27. Well that was brilliant! Will feature it tomorrow on HSH! Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  28. You achieved this look by painting the OUTSIDE of the glass?? I'm amazed! It looks really good, and I'd say $15 was an amazing bargain for his pretty lamp!

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  29. I think the Mercury glass look is perfect for this lamp! LOVE it! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  30. Fabulous lamp! I did some mercury glass vases, but I don't think they turned out as nicely as this lamp. Great job!

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  31. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/11/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link_14.html
    Can't wait to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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  32. This came out great and for $15, WOW!! I'm such a mercury glass lover and always wanted one of these lamps but they are so expensive. I'm going to have to try this one.
    Marianne :)

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  33. Coming from Inspiration Friday.... Your lamp turned out beautiful! And you can't beat that price! :) Glad you shared the paint you used! Will have to try some of this!

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  34. Your lamp is gorgeous...much nicer than the "store bought" ones!

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  35. Love the lamp! Do you know if you can use this paint on items that are not glass...like an old brass lamp?

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  36. WOW!!! I mean WOW!! This is gorgeous and I am officially on a hunt for a glass lamp at my next goodwill hunt!! Absolutley gorgeous!

    I am following now!!

    ~Amanda
    www.thesunshinetoker.com

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  37. Okay, I've got the paint, some vases and some stuff to turn them into lamps but haven't done it yet..its on my project to do list. Yours is fantastic! But since you put this on the outside of the glass instead of inside, I'm wondering what would it look like on simple colored ceramic? Anyone tried that yet?

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  38. I love this lamp and the layout of your console table. I will be featuring this on my blog tonight along with the Marvelous Mondays post. I hope you will stop by the party again tonight! Thanks for sharing.

    Julie

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  39. Your lamp is gorgeous. Definitely a bargain compared to PB.

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  40. I love this! Mercury glass is one of my favorite things especially around the holidays!

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  41. I love how the lamps turned out! I too tried this faux mercury glass on Mason jars; it's a whole lot of bang for the buck and the time investment for me was really in finding the paint. I finally ordered it on Amazon (while standing in line at Michael's Crafts! LOL)

    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  42. This turned out gorgeous! LOVE!!

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend...can't wait to see what you've been working on.
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  43. Hi- I saw your link on Knock Off Decor & I LOVE this idea!!! The Mercury Glass look is absolutely beautiful but so costly so Thank You for this DIY project- definitely doing this- I have a question though- is there anyway to get that mercury "gold" look instead of the silver?

    Thank You
    Marianna

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  44. I saw your link on The Knock Off blog & I absolutely Love this!!!
    That Mercury look is so expensive so this is a great DIY project-
    Can this be done in Mercury Gold also???

    Thank You
    Marianna

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  45. Marianna, This is a good question. If you want red or gold looking mercury glass I would suggest painting the OUTSIDE of your glass item with a gold glass paint or applying some other technique with transparent/opaque color to the outside of the glass and then use the mercury glass spray paint technique on the INSIDE of the glass so that when looking at it, the worn spots show through with the color you applied. (gold, red, whatever).

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    1. Thank You so much Jennifer for your response & your help-
      greatly appreciated! :)
      I have tons of plain clear glass cylinders, jars & votives for my wedding & want to give it that gold mercury look without spending a fortune
      I will definitely be doing this!

      Thank You again

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  46. An amazing transformation Jennifer.
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday... I'm featuring you at today's party :)

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  47. It looks awesome. I am featuring this tutorial tomorrow. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

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