I combined a couple DIY tutorials I found online. With a little patience and time, it didn't look too shabby.
- Latex Gloves (I learned the hard way and kinda looked like the tin man.)
- Small spray bottle of water. (Mine says hairspray, but I swear it's just water.)
- Spray bottle of white vinegar.
- Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
- Gold Spray paint.
- Acrylic clear coat.
- Paper Towel
- Paint tape.
Last year, I had a client that needed silver mercury glass vases. So, I had DIYd those as well.
This is how those turned out using a combo of silver leaf, spray paint, etc.
Fortunately for me, I still had 9 left over that had not been treated, the perfect amount for this project! In it's clear state:
Step 1: Wash and dry the containers.
With a lot of TV watching, I sat there and carefully masked off the outside of the vases and all of my votive holders with painters tape:
Step 2: Take your water bottle and then spritz the inside so that water beads on the glass but doesn't run.
Step 3: Immediately lightly spray a layer of gold spray paint.
Step 4: Then spritz on the pure white vinegar.
Step 5: Wait 1min, then gently blot/rub with paper towel for this result...
Step 6: Repeat steps 2-5 for a second layer of gold
Step 7: Spray two layers of very thin looking glass spray paint. This is a thin paint, and if you spray too much, it will run.
Step 8: Now, I did not do this step for the vases because they're going to be filled with flowers and no one will see the inside. However, I did a 3rd coat of gold paint using steps 2-5 for the votives because people will see inside them.
Step 9: Finish off with 2 layers of protective clear acrylic.
It's important to note that vases treated like this are NOT made to contain water, be eaten or drunk out of. The vases will have a small plastic container in them that will hold the floral foam and flowers.
After it dries, remove the tape and admire your work.