Saturday, April 11, 2015

Through The Looking Glass

So, after ALL of  my project failures, I decided to give it one more try.  What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment!

On my Pinterest board, I have several DYI projects for Mercury Glass Mason Jars.


Except I didn't want to do mason jars because I love my little blue mason jars and have no desire to change their color.  And I didn't want to go out and buy new mason jars for this project.

Back in February, I wrote a post, Winter and A Touch of Spring.  If you click here, you can go back to read it or at least look at one of the photos...or I can post that photo here...


See those little milk bottles, and the Krylon paint, and the spray bottles?  I bought those waaaaayyyyy back then for this project.  Yes, I realize there are mason jars in the picture, but those were used for a pickle fiasco.  I will save that story for another day.  Let's just stay focused on the milk bottle project.
 
I used these milk bottles.  You can find them at Walmart.  Cheap.  Truly.


On the Kindergarten Difficulty Scale or KDS, this project rates about a 2.  If you can press a button, you too can have these little jewels in your home.  The exception is that you HAVE to be a little OCD or they will not turn out like this.

As you all know (because everyone but ME has created a mercury glass project) you mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  You spray the mixture on the bottle and them immediately follow that with the Looking Glass spray paint.  If you check out the link on the first photo, you will find she did it a different way.  That's not the way I did it, I just liked that photo better.  :-)

Wait for the paint to dry and then wipe off to pop the water bubbles and you have a mercury glass look.  Well, I did that, and I didn't like the look.


While I am able to BUY these types of imperfect objects in the store, I am unable to make the imperfect object and be satisfied with how it looks.  This is where the OCD comes in.


After the first coat of everything dried, I sprayed on another coat.  Vinegar and water followed by a coat of paint.  Let it dry.  Then a 3rd coat, followed by a 4th coat.  Only after the 4th coat was I satisfied with the look.


I really do like this better than the regular mercury glass look.  I knew I would be using them to hold silverware and wanted them to stand out rather than blend in.


So being OCD and doing craft projects is not all bad.  And you get help from the hubby.  He stands over you to make sure you don't get paint overspray on the garage floor to make sure you have the nozzle pointed towards the bottle and not your face and to show you how to layer the coats.  He will kindly fix the nozzle on the spray bottle for you and stay close while you are taking photos.  We're tight like that!

See, K2 level.  Easy Peasy!  ~doing the Cabbage Patch dance!  Or the Lawn Mower...take your pick!  WHAT??!!  You don't know how to do the Cabbage Patch dance?  Weeelllll, let two of my favorite guys, Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith, show you how..


Can't Touch This!





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  1. So beautiful...plus I LOVE the silver look in your wooden crate! I totally need to try this!

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    1. Michelle, thank you so much! This is truly so easy!! And if you’ve read any of my other project posts, you know I have problems…LOL. I love crates in decorating. We have them all over the house! LOL

      Have a wonderful day!!

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  2. The bottle turned out beautiful -- I would definitely rate this as a success. Everyone has a different path to reach the same destination :>))) I am off to dance now.

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    1. Thank you Donna, I was pleased!! :-) And I cannot tell you how glad I am that you are feeling better!! What a horrible week for you guys!!! Which one? Soulja Boy maybe?? LOL

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  3. That video cracks me up every time :)

    See! You CAN do projects and have them come out nice ;)

    xo

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    1. I’ve watched that video 40 times…I just love it!! LOL. It was a success in a long line of failures…but that’s okay. I’m keepin’ on, keepin’ on. LOL Hugs!!

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  4. So you can add me to your short list of people who haven't done the mercury glass thing... ugh!! I want too. And you totally inspired me. I am LOVING your milk glasses and need to go find some. Thank you for sharing!!! And that video is one of my favorites Jimmy Fallon is HI-LAR-IOUS!!! www.findingyourjoyinthejourney.com

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    1. I was very intimidated given my other project fiascoes, so I was pleasantly pleased when this one turned out right...LOL. Thank you very much! I've watched that silly video so many times since I found it...they are too, too funny!!!

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  5. Hi Benita, LOVE your successful DIY--they are gorgeous! My favorite Jimmy Fallon is when he and Emma Stone lip sync ;)

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    1. Thank you so much – I was surprised it turned out as well as it did considering it didn’t look very good when I started…LOL! I will definitely search for that video….he is so funny and has great interaction with his guests!

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  6. Your little milk bottles are darling! I have never been able to find that spray. But that's probably a good thing, I'd be spraying everything in sight!

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    1. Sharon, thank you so much! After finishing these bottles, I was tempted to do the same thing, but stopped myself. LOL. I found it at Walmart after a little bit of searching in their spray paint area. Have a great day!!

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  7. Love your milk bottles and am dying to try this just as soon as I can find the paint. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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    1. Thank you so much! The project was easy and the paint can be found at Walmart. :-) Thank you for the link party! Have a great weekend!

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  8. I really must try this! I'll definitely check Walmart. ... Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Awww, Sharon, thank you so much!! I appreciate it greatly!! So excited!! Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Really really pretty! I have never seen those milk glasses at Walmart but I will definitely have to keep my eye out for them! Love the look of them with the silverware :)

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    1. Tara, thank you so much! I just ran across them and grabbed them when I saw them. I thought they would be cute for this project. Different that the jars. Have a great evening!

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  10. Love this idea! Very country chic. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! Have a great evening!

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  11. Haha! You are so funny!
    Thanks for sharing this tip on Something to Talk About! I know folks went crazy for those bottles!
    Pinning!
    Karen

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    1. :-) My projects are pain....LOL. Thanks so much Karen! Have a wonderful evening!!

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  12. Thank you for linking up with Idea Box!

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    1. Thank you Cyndee! Have a great weekend!

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  13. Just love these bottles and your crate! Great job!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Cindy, thank you so much! Thank you for hosting a wonderful party every week! Have a great day!

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  14. I love that you admit you didn't love it at first. That is something we don't read nearly enough about online!!! I love the outtakes. And they do look great in the end!!

    Thanks for linking up with us at Idea Box link party!! Happily featuring this post today. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so very much Carole! I appreciate it greatly! I noticed when I started blogging a few months ago, that there weren’t many bloggers who shared the things that didn’t turn out just right or blog about the problems they encountered. If you don’t share those things, how are the rest of us going to learn that it doesn’t always turn out perfect? LOL I figured I would share the good, the bad and the ugly! :-) Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

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  15. Thanks for your honesty...the look great...and you teach us how to do this really well. Thanks for linking to the Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. Thank you Pam! I appreciate the blog party every week!! Have a great one!

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  16. I've done a few faux mercury glass projects and it's a little harder than I though it would be. Thanks for sharing the technique you used, I'll be trying it next time. I love how it turned out and how gorgeous it looks with the silverware and the crate.

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    1. Amy, thank you so much! It was more difficult than I expected and some of the blogs I read didn’t mention some of the issues I encountered. I would definitely do it again though because I was pleased with how they turned out and I now know what to expect! Again, thank you! Have a wonderful day!!

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  17. Those turned out great -- love the mercury look! Your hubby sounds like mine -- he doesn't like the multi-colored gravel and grass we get after some of my projects. ;) Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Dee! And I know, right??!! I don't understand why they don't like the little pops of color we add to the outdoors for them! :-) Thank you for the wonderful link party! Have a great day!!

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  18. These are adorable and a practical idea for organization.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have been please with how they look with the crate! Have a great evening!

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  19. Just popping back in to say these are one of my features at Snickerdoodle this week -- I really loved these bottles and the tray! :)

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    1. Dee, thank you so much! I appreciate it and thank you for the wonderful link party! Have a great evening!

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  20. these are beautiful! love how they look - shiny, reflective and sexy!

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day!!

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  21. They turned out beautifully! I should hit up my Walmart and see if they have any of those milk glasses.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie! They should still have them around. Just adds a little something different than using the mason jar! Have a great evening!

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  22. Benita- Love Love Love this! And, apparently so does everyone else This is a Friday Favorites feature this week! Party goes live on Thursday night! Hope you are packing for somewhere fun!! laura

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    1. Laura, thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly! And yes ma’am. Getting ready to head to Chicago on Friday! :-) While it all sounds fun (and some if it is), I’m ready to get it behind me and stay home for a while! Love the new site but I still can’t find where I can comment! I will keep looking through to see what I’ve missed! Thank you so much again and have a great day! Hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day!

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  23. These are wonderful! I love how you paired it with the tray to hold your utensils. Thanks for sharing on Friday Favorites. Hope to see you link up this week. I also pinned your post!

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie, I appreciate it! And yes, I will be linking up and look forward to co-hosting with you in the future! Have a great evening!

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  24. Ha! I can't believe I featured you on my May 5 Tuesday Treasures and didn't even let you know! But now you know! I loved these bottles and you did a wonderful job with them! They look great! I want to try these sometime!

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    1. LOL…I’m sorry, I had no idea!! But thank you so much!! I appreciate it greatly!! They weren’t as easy as I thought, but they weren’t that difficult either. I suppose I wasn’t sure what I needed to do to make them look like others I had seen. I finally decided they would look how they looked and I wasn’t going to worry about it or compare them to others. Thank you again!!

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  25. This video always cracks me up! These turned out absolutely beautiful! So pretty! I've been looking for a Mercury Glass project for Christmas. Pinned! Happy Weekend, Benita! hugs, Christine

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    1. Thank you so much! Those bottles were a true labor of love….I thought they were going to turn into one of my fiasco projects, but I really do like them! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Hugs!!

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  26. How did I miss this project? I love these!! May have to try and since I totally have design OCD, I should be good! ;)

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    1. It was difficult for me to work on these, but I just figured whatever happened, happened and if they turned out badly, then it was another funny post…LOL

      They didn’t turn out like other mercury glass projects that I’ve seen, but I was pleased as punch and love them with my vintage crate and the silver.

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  27. Thanks for the tips Benita! Question: Did you use vinegar/water spray between all coats? Or just 1st and 2nd?

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    1. You are welcome Beth and thank you so much for visiting my blog. I used the vinegar/water spray between all coats. I'm sure you could switch it up and only use it between every other coat. I don't think there is a wrong way to do this...just repeat the steps until you get the desired look. :-)

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