The way antique glass alternates between absorbing and reflecting light always catches my eye, even on a small piece like a votive or a frame. This awesome tutorial from Ashley Brown features a simple, inexpensive way to create an aged-mirror look out of any glass object. If you have old jars lying around, this would be great way to revive them and make them useful again. Thanks for sharing this with us, Ashley! — Kate
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray Paint (#9033)
- spray bottle (filled with water)
- glossy black enamel paint
- metallic glossy gold enamel paint
- scrub sponge
- small paintbrush
- a glass piece you want to paint
- optional: painter’s tape and a few magazine scraps
1. Start by covering the outside of the glass with a few magazine pages and painter’s tape to prevent getting spray paint on the
outside. This step is optional, but I did it just in case. If you end up getting a little on the glass, don’t worry. It scratches right off.
Make sure your glass is super clean (especially on the inside). If you leave smudges, it will cause the “mirror” effect to be a little cloudy and not as reflective.
2. Once the glass is sparkling clean, lightly spray the inside of the glass with water — just enough to form some good-sized water
3. Right after you spray the water, lightly coat the inside of the glass with the Looking Glass spray paint. Since you’re probably
going to be spraying inside a relatively small surface, it’s hard to do even sprays, but try to keep things as even as possible. Like any spray paint project, it’s best to do several very fine coats than a few thick coats. After each coat, quickly turn the glass upside down to dry. Note: When you turn it upside down, the paint will run, but that’s okay! That’s part of what gives the finished project an aged-glass look. Make sure you put the glass (upside down) on a drying rack so air can get in there to dry both the paint and the water. If you don’t have a drying rack on hand, balance it on two upside-down paper bowls. This method works really well, and you can just throw away the bowls when you’re finished.
4. Repeat step three until you achieve your desired look. I recommend at least three coats.
5. After the glass is completely dry, it’s time for a little bit of enamel paint. This step was a tad intimidating before I got started, but it ended up being really easy and fun. Start out by using the scrubbing sponge to scratch away some of the Looking Glass spray paint here and there. There’s no science to this, so just do what you think looks good.
6. Once you rough up the inside, apply thin layers of the black and gold enamel paint using your paintbrush. For a more “natural” look, try mixing the two colors. Note: It’s kind of like applying makeup, in that you have to know when to stop. Too much scratching/painting will take away the mirrored aspect. So just be sure not to overdo it. If you’re planning on using your piece as a candle holder, remember not to go too heavy on the enamel paint. You still want the candle light to shine though. Also, If you get to a point where you aren’t sure if you should keep going or not, go ahead and put it down for a few minutes (or even a few hours) and come back to it later. With this project, it’s totally okay if you let it dry and come back to it later. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it!
7. Let your new masterpiece completely dry before putting a candle inside. Depending on how thick your enamel-paint coats are, you may want to wait a full 24 hours.
8. Enjoy your new accessory, and don’t forget to tell people, “I made that!”