Friday, October 28, 2011

Mercury Glass Chalkboard Tutorial

Or rather, Mercury Glass Chalk Ink Window Tutorial (or some other nonsense like that).  Let's just stick with Mercury Glass Chalkboard Tutorial to keep it simple.

Some of you may remember this post where I showed you how I created my faux mercury glass.  Well, in this tutorial I've combined my love for chalkboards with my love for mercury glass to make a mercury glass chalkboard.  What is a mercury glass chalkboard? Let me show you:

For this 'chalkboard window' I used a vintage cabinet door that came out of a 1920's bungalow.  I'd had it sitting in the garage a while and couldn't decide what to do with it.  Finally I decided to do the single pane in mercury glass and the smaller panes I will add some photos of my kids after I get them printed.  I painted the frame itself in ASCP graphite and distressed it heavily.  Eventually I would like to hang it from a ribbon that goes through the hinges as well, but that's for another time.

To get this effect, I basically followed my instructions for the faux mercury glass I posted previously. I will do a quick run through here - I did the tutorial on an extra piece of glass I had laying around.  

I started with clean(ish) glass. 

Sprinkled it with a little water:

Lightly sprayed about 4 coats of Krylon's looking glass spray paint.

This is what it looks like when you first spray the paint.  When the surface is all even then you can spray the next coat.  Since it's laying flat you don't have to worry about runs as much, but still do light coats.  Blowing helps dry it some :)

Close up of the painted over water droplets:

After the paint is dry (took about 7 minutes or so) I very GENTLY wiped with a slightly damp very soft cloth.  Nothing rough, no paper towels or anything like that.  A piece of an old t-shirt would be perfect.  First I gently wiped one direction, then the other.  After I wiped the droplets off, I used a dry corner and carefully dried the rest of the water off.  The looking glass paint is very delicate at this stage, I'm sure if you let it dry overnight first it would be better, but I like fast projects.

Then I very LIGHTLY sprayed some Rustoleum Hammered finish in gray to give the holes some depth.

Lastly, I sprayed the entire back in flat black:

Finished glass inside (it's so hard to photograph this stuff so you can really see the detail!!)

Now, here's the actual project on the old cabinet door:

You'd probably be able to see a black chalk ink marker better, but I only have white on hand right now.  I bought my chalk ink markers are Michael's but there's a website where they have a rainbow of colors. 

This technique would be perfect for thrift store frames.  I've also used it on thrift store frames then used the frames on a table top as a tray.  You could hang it on a wall and add hooks or knobs and use it as a message center for keys or coats.  You're only limited by your imagination and 'you only fail if you fail to try!'

Update, what do you think about it set up like this?

Go mercury glass something this weekend and send me the link!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Owl before and after

I found this really ugly awesome owl book end at the GW the other day.  It.  Was.  Horrible.  See?  Proof:

Now?  Much better!  Nothing better in the world than a magenta owl book end.  It's perfect for adding a splash of color to a book case. 

A little primer, a couple coats of Raspberry spray paint and it's modern again!



Never doubt the power of spray paint :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Painted Glass Vase

I have been admiring these vases from West Elm for a while now so when I saw this vase at the GW the other day I knew it would be a perfect candidate to make my own!



I simply primed it, then spray painted it and left it to dry overnight.  Then I lightly sanded it to show off the detail and voila!


My version:

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Autumn!

I am working diligently on an awesome new tutorial for you all!  It should be up by the end of the week! 

Happy Autumn!

Add some autumn color (and fairytale pumpkins) to your life!

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