Can you hear what I hear??? I just got back from a wonderful, yet exhausting week in Disney World with my family. Now that I am back home I am being taunted by the Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock of the Christmas clock, reminding me that I only have a couple of days left to finish my shopping and preparations for the big day! Although I am scurrying around like mad woman, I wanted to stop in for a few moments to share with you how I created those beautiful Faux Mercury Glass Charger Plates from my last post An Elegant Christmas Tablescape .
A couple of weeks ago I read a featured article on Creating Faux Mercury Glass Plates on another blog. She created a wall vignette from a bunch of dollar store plates she created. When I read her tutorial I was inspired to create my own “mercury glass” plates. I thought to myself, “Wow! I would love to get my hands on some charger size plates, they would look great on my holiday dinner table!”
So the search began. I ran to Dollar Tree and was disappointed when they only had small textured dinner plates in stock. I knew I needed at least a 13″ clear glass plate to get the look I wanted. I turned to the internet and did not have much luck. Either they were very expensive or sold in sets of 6. I needed eight! I was about ready to give up when I wandered into my local Walmart to scan their selection of clear dinnerware. That’s when I noticed at the end of the aisle a stack of 13″ Glass Serving Platters at $4.48 a piece! Game on!
You can also buy a set of six platters at Amazon.com for $39.99.
The key ingredient in creating these beautiful plates is a special kind of spray paint that gives it a shiny, reflective look and with a few tricks you can make the paint mimic the look or mercury glass.
You can actually see yourself in these babies! This paint is awesome!
Place your favorite dinner plate on top, add a decorative napkin and you have a beautiful place setting that is elegant and worthy of the fanciest dinner party! My soon-to-be 17 year old son even commented on how nice they look when he wandered down the stairs looking for a snack!
I love how these faux mercury glass charger plates turned out and you can bet they will be on my table for every future holiday and special event.
MAKE YOUR OWN:
If you would like to create your own mercury glass charger plates you can purchase and download detailed, printable instructions below:
When storing your plates, stack them with a soft cloth or paper towel in between each plate to protect the paint.
Now I better get back to my Christmas To-Do List. It’s nearly here!
Have a Wonderful Christmas!
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