Summer is definitely the time for DIY. Abundant sunshine, warm temps, and more time on my hands. Of course, now that we live on the east coast, I always have to be on the look out for sudden rain/wind storms. A garage is definitely on the list of must-haves for the next place! (It might help that windshield ice situation in the winter too…priorities).
Although we’ve been in this apartment for over a year now, our bedroom has seen the least decorating love. I absolutely abhor matchy-matchy bedroom sets but struggle with the concept of creating a relaxing space that isn’t bland and boring. And since we had to ax our box spring and bed frame on our cross country move, we spent the first few months sleeping on the mattress on the floor–so really any furniture was an improvement!
Now, finally, we have a bed frame + dresser + 2 wicker baskets acting as one end table on Jeff’s side of the bed. So when I go to bed every night, I “create” a nightstand with my two euro pillows and a decorative pillow on top. Not so functional. I’ve endlessly scoured Target, IKEA, and other discount furniture places for a nightstand for my side of the bed, but unfortunately, I’m just not crazy about the whole tiny nightstand idea. Where’s the function in that? Give me a smaller dresser with storage any day.
Ironically, I ended up falling in love with a sewing table at the Goodwill the other day which has absolutely zero storage, but with an abundance of countertop space + room for a large basket underneath + major up-cycling potential, I was sold. And what do you need once you have a nightstand? A bedside lamp, of course!
I’ve been coveting these mercury glass lamps from Pottery Barn since the invention of Pinterest (literally!), but at $200 a piece, they were waaaay out of my budget. So what’s a girl to do? Wish, hope, pray…then make her own.
I found a $5 dollar lamp base at the Goodwill and after reading a few mercury glass tutorials, picked up a can of Kryon Looking Glass spray paint at WalMart, and got to work. And for a project that took about 2 hours (with dry time!), I am beyond stoked with the result.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 lamp base
- Painter’s tape
- 1 can Kryon Looking Glass Spray Paint (I went to Target, Home Depot, Lowes, and Michaels and only was able to find it at WalMart…they also have it online)
- Spray bottle with 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water
- Paper Towels
And here’s what you do:
- Tape off the power cord and light bulb socket.
- Place lamp base on a table in a well-ventilated area.
- Spray a light coat of the water + vinegar spray onto the lamp, being careful not to produce any drips.
- Next, spray a light layer of spray paint. Don’t worry if the spray paint does not cover the lamp on the first coat. You’ll need to build up layers slowly.
- Carefully use your paper towels to blot the water droplets. Don’t press down too hard or the paint will smear.
- Continue to repeat steps 3 + 4 + 5 until the lamp is completely covered and has the desired mercury glass effect. Use your artistic eye to concentrate on any area that you think needs more mercury glass effect!
- Let dry for at least 2 hours and then you’re ready for use!
Total Cost Breakdown:
- Lamp Base: $5
- Spray Paint: $7
- Water/Vinegar: already owned ($1-2 if need to purchase)
- Light Bulb: already owned ($2-4 if need to purchase)
- Tape: already owned ($3-5 if need to purchase)
- Lamp Shade: $15 (Walmart)
Total Cost: $27
I can’t wait for another excuse to mercury glass-ify something!