Faux Mercury-Aged-Metallic Finish April 25, 2013 DIY, Furniture Tutorials, Home Decor, Home Decor Tutorials, Restoration Hardware, Thrift Store Finds 2 Comments 9822 Just like any good project here at LCH, this one starts out as a fail. I’m sure if you’ve been trolling Pinterest at all, you’ve seen the tutorials for faux mercury glass involving spray bottles and Looking Glass spray paint. So when I finally decided (after what, 2 years?) to paint the lamp next to the couch, I knew I had to give that process a go. The only problem? The lamp isn’t glass. Yeah, ok…minor details. I figured maybe I could try it anyway, I mean I really had nothing to lose. I couldn’t find the Looking Glass paint, so I bought the shiniest Chrome I could find. I’m sure there is a reason you’re supposed to use mirror paint, but you know I was trying to do this like rightnow. I believe you can get the paint on Amazon, if you are a patient person who plans. Alas I am not. After cleaning the lamp and taping up the important parts, I began the method of spritzing on water, painting, then dabbing. At first I thought it might work, but then I realized that because I didn’t have the clear glass underneath, I wasn’t getting the right look. It just looked like a shiny metal lamp. I brought it inside, and it was just really too bright and “new” looking for the space. When all else fails, paint and re-paint. I got some dark brown and black craft paint from my stash, along with some gray metallics (from my hutch paint job). Armed with a sponge brush and a crumpled plastic grocery bag, I painted and dabbed my way from chrome-tastic to nicely aged. I’m not sure I still like the shade, but I’m living with it for now. I LOVE the base though 🙂 Now all I need is some new upholstery on that couch! 2 Responses Susan @ SunfowerHugs.blogspot.com April 24, 2013 Hey–that came out pretty darn cool! Reply Camille April 25, 2013 I kinda like it better! Good job! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. CAPTCHA Code * Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.