How to Create Your Own Mercury Glass Charger Plates

Hi All,

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 .

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A couple of weeks ago a fellow blogger, Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage  featured an article on Creating Faux Mercury Glass Plates . 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!

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You can also buy a set of six platters at Amazon.com  for $39.99.

To create your own Mercury Glass Charger Plates you will need:

  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Like Spray Paint
  • Spray Bottle Filled With Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Flat Black Spray Paint
  • Regular Silver Spray Paint
  • Clear Glass Plates
  • Large Piece of Cardboard or a Plastic.

1. Begin by setting up a well ventilated workspace, preferably outside. Make sure your plates are clean and dry. Remove all price stickers and any leftover adhesive. Lay out your cardboard, tarp or plastic flat on your workspace to protect from overspray and place each plate upside down on top of it.

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2. Working with one plate at a time, spray the back of each plate with a coat of the Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.

(I also found this at my local Walmart. You can also purchase it online on Amazon.com and other places online if you cannot find it locally.)

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Source: Krylon.com

3. Immediately after applying the paint, spritz a light mist of water on top of the paint. This paint dries quite quickly, especially in the sunshine so there is a small window of opportunity here. You want to apply the water before the paint is dry.

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4. After a few seconds, blot the paint with a crumpled paper towel, removing some of the paint from the back of the plate.

TIP:

You can also mix the water with vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will help eat away at the paint, making it easier to remove.

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5. Let the paint dry completely.

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6. Once paint is dry, spray a coat or two of flat black on top of the looking glass paint. This will give it an antiqued look as the black will show through where you removed the mirror paint. Because I was putting these plates on my dinner table I did not want the bottoms of the plates to be all black. I did a quick coat of silver paint over the black (when it was dry) to give it a more finished look.

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7.  When everything is dry, flip the plate over and admire your work! You can actually see yourself in these babies! This mirror glass paint is awesome!

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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!

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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.

Final tip:
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!

~Lisa

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Comments

How to Create Your Own Mercury Glass Charger Plates — 13 Comments

  1. Great idea and nice tutorial. I was just contemplating painting some plates earlier today. I think that it must be meant to be! Thanks! Cherry Kay

  2. Came across your tutorial via French Country Cottage…Congrats on the feature! I pinned it for you and am following you on FB, now. Hope you’ll stop by my blog and FB page, too!

  3. These look great! I’m thinking about taking on this project for my wedding. I wanted to have a mixture of gold and silver. Do you think I can replace the Flat Black Spray Paint with Flat Gold Spray Paint to give it the look I am going for?

    • Hi LaKeisha,
      I think that would look great! You could even maybe mix the gold and black for an old world look. Congrats on your wedding! I’d love to pics of the chargers when you are done!

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