BLOG: MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL 'STUFF'
There is a famous quote by William Morris, a renown 19th Century English textile designer. It reads “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s no secret I live by this rule – there is a lot of ‘stuff’ in our home that I believe to be beautiful and some of it I’m proud to say I’ve made myself (it might be nearer the truth to say ‘enhanced myself’).
Previously we lived in a large old villa built in 1901. When we purchased it the house was in quite a state of disrepair with sacking internal walls, an ancient lethal electric oven that ended up in a museum (we discovered it was live and life-threatening) and there was original lead paint everywhere. We found a crusty old name plate for the house lying in the overgrown garden and I set to removing the lead paint coating (with all due care). Further sanding exposed a lovely piece of native timber.
I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I went on a hunt for some printers’ blocks and found most of the letters I needed to make the word WELCOME. I applied poetic license using an upside-down W for the M. After gluing the letters onto the nameplate I waxed and polished them and now the finished product hangs just inside our front door, above the key box, ready to greet anyone who comes to visit.
Last year I discovered Pinterest and embraced it wholeheartedly. I adore Mercury Glass and fortuitously on Pinterest there are links to tutorials showing how to achieve the effect. Mirror glass spray is elusive in New Zealand – undeterred I experimented with silver spray (White Knight metal tones Super Chrome sourced from Bunnings). With enthusiastic help from a daughter home on holiday we sprayed and dabbed until we loved what we saw – no glass item was safe from our administrations.
My favourites were some old frosted glass shades that transformed from pearly ugliness into soft gossamer silvered delights – even more gorgeous lit up at night when the mottled effect shows up beautifully. And I transformed a gold glass vase destined for the op shop into silvered loveliness – I especially like how it looks viewed from above.
Briefly here’s what we did:
Put on tight fitting throwaway gloves.
Take a clean glass object and spray it lightly with water. We did this on the outside of the object in most cases.
Almost immediately spray it using the silver paint, following instructions on how to use the paint from on the can (we did it in the garage with the doors open for good ventilation).
Leave about 30 seconds depending on how hot the day is and then dab at the bubbles made by the water spray with a paper towel until you obtain the look you want.
Leave to dry and voila, you’ve transformed ordinary glass into something a bit more special.
Check out our Mercury Glass Board on Pinterest to find more Mercury Glass instructions. And let us know what you’ve made that you love - you can post a comment or send us a pin maybe.