Pottery Barn-Inspired Mercury Glass Holiday Wall Art

I love all things Pottery Barn and have bought several things from them. But my budget doesn't always allow me to get everything that's on my wish list. Their mirrored holiday wall art was one of those things. Not only was this more than I wanted to pay for it, I really just wanted to make it myself. Have you ever felt that way?

Pottery Barn inspired holiday mercury glass wall art for $10! Their version is $149. Gotta try this!

If you love knockoffs then you'll be excited because this project is part of a special holiday edition week long knock off tour! My blog friends and I have gotten together to bring you some of the best knock offs on the web. At the bottom of the post you'll see the lineup of bloggers showcasing their talents. Be sure to drop by and see what everyone has done!

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For my knock off, it's an easy and inexpensive project. You've gotten a sneak peek of my mercury glass projects if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

 If you can use spray paint then you can do this one. Here's how I did it.

  1. Rustoleum Mirror Effect*  
  2. Spray can handle (optional but recommended for any spray paint job. I couldn't live without mine!)
  3. Thrifted frame with glass  (mine was less than $3)
  4. Dry erase marker
  5. Spray bottle with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water
  6. Paper towels

*I was supplied with the spray paint  and handle for this project by Rustoleum but the opinions are completely mine and I'm sharing my personal experience with the product.*

How to make mercury glass with spray paint. Unbelievably easy!  #mercuryglass #Christmas


After removing and cleaning the glass from your frame and allowing it to dry completely, spray the glass with two light coats of the Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint (I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS STUFF!), letting it dry between coats. This will take less than 10 minutes.

How to make mercury glass with spray paint. Unbelievably easy!

After the paint has dried, spritz it with the water and vinegar solution. Let it sit for a minute or two and you'll see the paint to begin to bubble as the solution lifts the paint from the glass. 

How to make mercury glass with spray paint. Unbelievably easy!

It should look like the photo above. Next, take a paper towel and gently blot the loosened paint off of the glass. If you're happy with the way it looks at this point you can call it done. If not you can apply a couple more coats and repeat the spray and blot process.

For my project I repeated it a couple of times. 

Once I was satisfied with the way the mirrored part looked, I secured the glass back into the frame.

Then I simply took a dry erase marker and wrote on the glass, copying the Pottery Barn text as closely as possible. I had to redo it a couple of times but it didn't take more than 10 minutes at most.

The beauty of this project is that you can change the text to anything you want! I'm sure I'll be changing it out several times during the holidays and probably writing messages on it for Valentine's Day as well!

And if you're curious, the color I used on the frame is Benjamin Moore Caliente in the eggshell finish pint size samples. 

Here's a closeup of the mercury glass mirror. I got a little carried away with the spray and also painted a few other items. You'll probably be seeing them in upcoming holiday posts. :)

Want to see lots more holiday knockoffs? My talented blog friends have got some amazing ones to inspire you. Be sure to visit everyone and see what they've done. And prepare to be impressed!

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For handy tips and tutorials, go here.

To see my painted projects, go here.

And go here for dozens of photos, ideas and favorite paint colors.


Christy James said...

Great knock off, Angie! I love that you can erase it and use it over and over or just hang it as a mirror! I haven't tried mirror effects paint yet, but this makes me want to get some! XOXO

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks, Christy! I'm sure I'll be changing the message and working on my writing skills with this project. The mirror effects is great. You'll love it.

ANNE said...

Great job! It's perfect!!

Jeanette Chaney said...

Angie, I haven't tried the antique mirror technique yet, but now I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the details. Jeanette

Tami Michel said...

Angie, what a beautiful knockoff. Thanks for including the tutorial, I would love to give it a try!
~Tami @ Curb Alert!

Shanna Gilbert said...

Such a clever idea Angie! I love the mirror effects paint but I would have never have thought to have used the dry erase marker! Love that you can use it year round!

Cynthia said...

Fantastic knock off. I love mercury glass


Unknown said...

I love your project and it is absolutely perfect for Christmas decor with the red frame. It also will be great for Valentine's Day and 4th of July. I need to buy a can of mirror effects paint and try this project for myself. I truly love what you did!


Tina Woo said...

Ooooh, I like this idea, so clever to be able to change out the writing so it's not just a one-holiday craft!

Artsy Chicks Rule said...

Love the mirror!! Neat to see how you did the antiquing...I am doing the same but a little differently. You were smart to use a dry erase marker on the front!! (I didn't think of that!! lol)
Great job!

Mary Beth said...

I love your mercury glass mirror ~ I just saw this on the Pottery Barn website the other day and fell in love with it (yours is better!)

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Anne! I love the way it turned out.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

It's such an easy project! Thanks for dropping by!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Tami! It's a quick and easy project... My favorite kind!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

I love the fact that I can change the message and not just use it during the holidays. Gotta keep practicing my lettering though!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Cindy! Me too! It's so classic and festive. Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Paula! Yes I'm happy to be able to use it year round!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Tina! I love versatility in anything, especially projects. Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

I can't wait to see what you did, Nancy! The dry erase marker saved me from having to paint it but I've got to work on my lettering skills for sure!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Mary Beth. I fell in love with it too but not the price tag! Thanks for dropping by! ~ Angie

Susan Homeroad said...

Great idea using dry erase Angie!!! Brilliant! I love your tutorial :)

Vanessa said...

Hi, Angie

This turned out great. I love how you make it look so easy. Love it.

Wendi Wachtel said...

Enjoyed your project alot! I could make and use this for several holidays..The dry erase marker was a brilliant idea too!

Julie Lilacs and Longhorns said...

LOVE this! It looks fantastic and I like the fact that you used a dry erase marker so it can be used for any season - perfect!!

Christy Little Our Southern Home said...

I have really been wanting to try this technique. Your tutorial is wonderful. It turned out beautifully!!! Well done friend! Love saving all this money! ~Christy

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Susan! I love the fact that I can change out the message as often as I like!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Vanessa. It is easy! If you can spray paint then you can do this. Thanks for dropping by. ~ Angie

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