Guest Post - Delightfully Noted

Ok first guest post for you while I am on my vacation. Jennifer of Delightfully Noted is a blog I turn to and am never disappointed with what she posts. Whether it is a recipe or a cute and easy house decorations, Jennifer has some great ideas. Today she is sharing this great project with you all that produces great results and isn't expensive.

Hey there little Henning lovers. I am Jennifer of the Delightfully Noted blog where I share all things creative & everything delightfully in-between. I'm tickled pink that sweet Meg has agreed to share her little corner of the world with me today.

Lately, I've been enamored with mercury glass ever since I came across this pic from West Elm.
Come to find out you can make your own mercury glass decor & between you & I, it's as simple as pie. Honestly! The only challenging part of this project is tracking down the Krylon Looking Glass; as in like I- stopped -at- five- stores- type- of- challenging. 
Who knew this darn thing was such a delicacy among the spray paint world?
Hobby Lobby ended up being the only place to come through for me. So fist bump to the HL.
Besides the elusive Looking Glass spray paint you will also need:
*Spray bottle with 50/50 mixture of vinegar & water
*Paper towel
*Clean, glass vases {I picked mine up at the Dollar Store}
*Plants or candles to place inside
I started off by spritzing a quick shot of the vinegar/water mixture into my first vase with my spray bottle. This technique leaves water droplets on the inside of  the glass which will help you achieve the mercury effect later. Then I LIGHTLY started to spray my vase with the Looking Glass paint. I emphasize LIGHTLY because this stuff is very thin & watery & if you go all guns blazing you'll get streaks.  The can of spray paint instructs you do about 5 coats of paint. I think I did about seven or eight {I did a spritz of the 50/50 mixture between each paint coat} but I wouldn't take my word on it because I am no good at math under normal circumstances so just imagine what I'm like when I'm high on fumes?
Allow the glass to dry a few minutes. For the final step, spray some of the water/vinegar mixture on a piece of paper towel & with your index finger start gently rubbing away at some of the paint. 
Be random & spontaneous on the places you distress on the vase.
The point is not to be a perfectionist here! Stop once you are happy & then allow the glass to dry again for about a half hour or so.
Okay, I fibbed.
The final step IS actually to add plants, or candles, or what ever floats your boat to your vases.
When lit, candles give an absolutely beautiful ambience inside distressed mercury glass but I wanted something for our outdoor patio table so I went with succulent plants. 
I know these type of plants need good drainage so we'll see how long these babies survive inside the vases. I'm sure there is some savvy way to like drill a hole into glass but I'm not allowed to play with power tools when the hubby's not home.
On an another note, let me tell you it is incredibly hard to photograph mirrored objects with out capturing your fun house midget reflection on every picture!
Any more mercury fans out there? Of the glass, not the planet.
We all know Pluto RULES! Oh Pluto, you'll always be a planet in my heart. Sigh.
Has anyone else been working on sprucing up there outside oasis?

Thanks soooo much Meg for having me today!!

For the rest of you party people you can find me hanging around here, here, & here and if I'm not there then you can find me here working away on my little stationery shop.

Hope you all have a delightful day!

Thank you Jennifer for this awesome project. Definitely primping up my backyard with this great project when I return from my trip! Be sure to check out Jennifer's super cute note cards and the other great house projects she has on her blog. In fact, a wreath on her blog was how I found her blog in the first place. A few days later, I find myself racking my brain to remember where I had saw a super cute wreath (this was before Pinterest) and fortunately I found it again and a good blog friend too!



Allyson Butler said...

These look so great!

Laura said...

You have a beautiful blog with a lot of inspiring posts! Congrats on your work! Would you like t follow each other?:)

Katie {katie lately} said...

oh my gosh she is funny!! definitely hopping over to her blog later :) thanks Meg for sharing

Katie said...

i love jennifer's blog! and those are so cute!! I need to make some!!

REBrown said...

How fun - I'm thinking about doing a mercury glass lamp for our bedroom.

Allison said...

Wow these look awesome! I will have to try these! Thanks for sharing Jennifer. Have fun Meg!

Tereza said...

these are so so cute! thanks for a great DIY :)

Stephanie said...

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

Hilary said...

Great DIY! I must try this.

Melissa said...

I love this! Definitely trying this out soon!

sherri lynn said...

Oh I love how this looks! It turned out great!

Sam @ said...

OH MY GOSH!! These are just so cute! I am definitely going to have to try and make a couple of these. The challenge for me is going to be spraying lightly--I tend to go crazy with spray paint and just do three coats at one time ha ha

Thanks for the cute idea :)

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Thanks Meg for having me and to all your friendly readers for their lovely comments!! Hope your having stellar vacay!

Erika said...

Oh they turned out really lovely!