It seems formal but with an aged/rustic twist.
When I saw an online tutorial for making your own mercury glass, I was already mentally rounding up clear glass vases to glamorize.
I've been looking for a way to add style to our mantle. When we remodeled our house, we painted the brick fireplace, mantle, and bookcase a milky ivory. I like how this brightened up the room, but it made our glass duplicate vases disappear. Literally.
|small seating area with mercury glass lamp|
|The practice vase is on the left; a "real" mercury glass lamp is on the right|
BEFORE ~ ~ ~
AFTER ~ ~ ~
I think it is a huge improvement -- the vases stand out and I'm proud of them :)
If you want to give it a try, I used this tutorial. The secret is spraying the painted surface with a vinegar/water mixture and rubbing off bits of the paint to achieve the aged look.