Mercury glass makes a popular and timeless home accent — refined and classic but not overly fussy. Unfortunately, genuine antique mercury glass costs a pretty penny. Luckily, there are cheaper options:
If you enjoy DIY, you can make your own mercury style glass. Take a vase or any other glass item and spray the inside with 2-3 coats of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. Clean glass will ensure a proper coating of paint, but a less-than-perfect interior can lead to an interestingly spotty, aged look. Or, this tutorial uses a vinegar solution for the aged look. (And here’s my own version of a mercury glass vase.)
And if you don’t enjoy DIY? Don’t fret. Mercury glass reproductions are having their moment at all kinds of home stores.
If you prefer brick-and-mortar stores, West Elm has a good selection including these mercury glass votive holders ($5-8).
Are you a fan of mercury glass? Do you have a favorite source, or have you ever tried to DIY?