DIY Hacks: Why Buy What You Can Make?

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Kristine Solomon on Jul 7, 2014 at 1:59PM

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DIY Hacks: Why Buy What You Can Make?

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DIY Mercury Glass Lamps

We’re smitten with Pottery Barn’s Antique Mercury Glass lamps, which come in both table and bedside versions ($259 and $199 respectively). Mercury glass has a distinctively distressed, silvery patina that happens to be fairly simple to DIY. You’re secret weapon? Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint, which dries into a mirror-like finish. First, spray the body of your plain glass lamp (or vase, knick knack – anything made out of glass can be transformed) with clean water. While the surface is wet, spray it thoroughly with Looking Glass spray paint. The water will prevent the paint from completely adhering to the surface – exactly what’s required to achieve the characteristically blotchy look of genuine mercury glass. Let the paint dry overnight, and repeat the process to the darkness of your liking. Use a burlap shade (or one made of a similarly woven natural fiber) to complete the look!

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