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How to Make a Mercury Glass Mirror From a Thrift Store Picture

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Learn how to turn a thrift store picture frame into a mercury glass mirror with a French poem wall art.

thrift store diy mercury glass wall art

Today I’m very excited to share this awesome French script stenciled mercury glass wall art upcycled from a thrift store frame.

I was the lucky recipient of a Cutting Edge Stencil in a giveaway last month hosted by Casa Watkins  and the awesome ladies of the Create and Share Blogger Challenge.

I was able to choose the stencil that I wanted up to $50! How awesome is that?

I have always loved French graphics and was immediately drawn to this beautiful French poem.

However, there were so many beautiful stencils I had a tough time narrowing it down.

Disclosure: This post is made possible in collaboration with Cutting Edge Stencils and contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Cutting Edge Stencils provided the stencil featured in this post. All opinions, images and DIY projects are mine. 

I received my order within a week, and not only did it come packaged great, but they also gave me two small free stencils that go perfectly with this French style!

Let me just say, I have been using stencils for years-you know the ones bought at the big box stores with a 40% off coupon?

Ladies, there is something to be said in buying a product from a company that specializes in that product.

You ready to see the before?  

This was a $5 thrift store find:

Mercury Glass Mirror Tutorial

thrift store picture frame

First I gave the picture a couple of coats of spray paint using Krylon metallic chrome spray paint

diy mercury glass from a thrift store frame

I used vinegar to get the “mottled” effect of Mercury glass.

I then taped the stencil to the picture with painters tape and used a Gold paint pen to color in the stencil.

There was no bleeding at all, which has been a problem with stencils I have used in the past.

mercury glass diy mirror

 I’m so happy with how this turned out!

side view mercury glass diy mirror
thrift store picture

Here it is featured on Cutting Edge Stencils website. Of course, this totally made my day!

french poem stencil

I am in love with this original piece of art.

It looks so pretty in my living room. If you liked this DIY wall art, you may also like these DIY ideas:

Oyster Shell Mirror

DIY Fourth of July Wall Art

Thank you so much for visiting!



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Wednesday 27th of January 2016

What a great use for a thrift store painting. I love the typography and mercury effect. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle.


Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Thanks Kathy! Have a great night!

Alicia | A Burst of Beautiful

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Beautiful! I am so happy you that you shared this inspiring project with us at Create Share Inspire. I hope to see you back this week!

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Tuesday 26th of January 2016

So happy to see this! Love the French poem stencil! That bench is gorgeous!


Monday 25th of January 2016

That is beautiful!! I love being able to make something older, new again!! Thank you for sharing this with us at the #HomeMattersParty


Monday 25th of January 2016

Thanks so much Jamie!


Sunday 24th of January 2016

This is really cool how it turned out! Great job!


Monday 25th of January 2016

Thanks Ruthie. I am in love with that stencil. I hope to finish up a table with it this weekend!

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