Last week I gave you a sneak peek at my living room with my mercury glass plates. I promised to share how I made them, and it’s so easy that you’ll be amazed how Dollar Tree plates can look with just a little spray paint added to them.
The plates are the hardest part – but most of mine came from Dollar Tree, with the exception of a couple that I picked up a Kohls. I paid a little more for the square dishes, but think that the impact it makes was well worth the extra few dollars.
I cleaned the plates well, flipped them over so I worked on the back side of them, sprayed them with Looking Glass spray, and immediately spritzed them with water. The paint takes a few seconds to oxidize and turn into silver, and you have to spray the water on them before it turns. Just have your spray bottle at the ready when you spray the paint. Do one plate at a time to make sure that you get the water on in time. Give the paint a few minutes to dry, then dab off the water with a paper towel. After the paint was completely dry, I gave the plates a couple of coats of black spray paint to make them opaque, since I needed a way to hang them without the hangers showing (I’m gonna show you how to hang them tomorrow.)
Let the plates dry 24 hours before you hang them – and you’ll have beautiful artwork out of Dollar Tree plates.
Doesn’t really look like $1 art work, huh? I love the reflective quality that brings more light into an otherwise dim room. I did all of these plates with 1 can of Looking Glass spray – it goes a LONG way.
I’d love to see your projects!