The timeworn look of mercury glass jars adds an elegant sparkle to this room. "When you have a monochromatic experience you have to have tons of reflective surfaces," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Vintage items feel traditional, and Christmas is definitely a time to celebrate tradition. But instead of spending a fortune scouring flea markets or estate sales for goodies with old-fashioned holiday charm, consider creating your own DIY faux "mercury glass" votives for the mantel.
After you've added enough coats of beeswax to your ornaments, and they've completely cooled, let them sit in an empty egg carton until you’re ready to use them. Use purchased hangers to put them on the tree, or make your own from 26-gauge gold-tone wire.
Planner Emily Sullivan, of Get Polished Events, says mercury glass containers are one of the top wedding trends. "They add a touch of glamour without competing stylistically with the floral arrangements." Florist: Bella Blooms.
Give plain glass votives a trendy mercury glass makeover with mirror-effect spray paint. The antique-looking votives lend a sparkling glow to a table setting, mantel, coffee table — or anywhere. Easily make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
A clean-lined nightstand with elegant mercury glass panels fits beautifully with the transitional design of this bedroom. Beside the nightstand, an upholstered bed is lined with nailhead trim for a touch of edginess.
"Mercury glass is pretty inexpensive. A collection on a mantel looks just as well as doing pairs," says Atlanta interior designer Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director of Parker Kennedy Living. Mercury glass also works year-round and fits nicely with holiday decor, whether your palette is red and green, or another choice. For your collection of combine mercury glass you pick up from antique stores, estate sales and yard sales with new pieces from home discount stores.
Fill vases with a shiny finish, such as mercury glass, with iced branches and flowers to give your holiday centerpiece a sophisticated winter refresh. Add a few snowflake votives (these are Allen + Roth brand from Lowe’s) to transition into your new year look. Then while packing up ornaments, keep out shapes such as pinecones or finials, that can finish off the transformation.
Four mercury glass pendants hang above the spacious double vanity in the HGTV Dream Home 2015 master bathroom. “I think it’s a really fun, elegant look,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “It’s tailored and not too girly for a man, and it has a nice elegant feel in a restrained way. We’re trying to make everybody comfortable in this bathroom.”
Expecting guests? Use assorted glass jars to give your front porch banister a festive glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury-glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water then immediately spraying on looking-glass paint. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn more about this faux-painting technique.