Shiny Things: Rust-Oleum Mirror Finish & Giveaway

Yes, I really do have a thing for shiny things, and Rust-Oleum is feeding my obsession with their new Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect.

DIY Mirror vases

Remember way back when I perked up my living room? I got these pretty baubles at HomeGoods, and I paid a pretty penny for all that glitz.

metallic finish decor items

But I had seen pretty vases at Haven conference done up with the newest Rust-Oleum finish, and I had to try on my own. I took some pretty plain glass items, and prepped them to be sprayed on the inside:

mirror paint

Yes, I’m super glad it’s spring. I may or may not have done part of this project in 60-second intervals in the snow earlier this year. Do any of my spray-painting addict friends want to give me a shout out on this approach???

turning vases into mirror finish

To use this new product, you have to use a super light touch. It takes about 5 coats to get your items nice and even and shiny like you see here on the left, but it’s really just like any other spray paint. The little bowl on the right was still drying, but did shine up just fine. The standard-issue square vase on the left was absolutely beautiful. Do you know how hard it is to get good photos of mirrored items???


mirror finish vases

It showcased my winter greens.

glass vase with mirror finish

And it now hold spring silks for an Easter centerpiece.

Easter centerpiece with mirrored vase

It can scratch if you scrape it with stems or floral wire, so Rust-Oleum recommends finishing the exposed side with a regular spray paint for durability. I covered mine in a white on the inside surface.

I’m loving that this little paint can turn a thrift-store vase into something special and shiny. I will be using this on a few other projects coming up, as well.

I hope you love the new and shiny things shared here. If you like this idea, I’d love to hear what you would try it on. If you leave a comment below, you can even win a can of your own! I hope to choose the winner May 19.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. A

    Very craftily done.

  2. A

    Fixed my e-mail addy so if I should win you can contact me.

  3. Leslie

    I can’t believe with my love of spraypainting that I haven’t tried the mirror finish yet! Love how your vases look!!

    1. Darla

      Oh, you’ll be hooked. So easy, and shiny! Tag me when you show off your mirror effects project.

  4. Debra Lee

    I would love to do a lamp!

  5. Shari

    Looks great! Rustoleum is my DIY BFF!

  6. Allie

    Oh the possibilities. I love your idea of spraying vases. I’ve been collecting some here and there to paint, this would be gorgeous!

  7. Peggy

    Hummmm…my mind is literally going through what may be in the attic or storage that I can re purpose. LOVE this creative idea!
    I have a new blog
    and normally do healthy foods, products, herbs and essential oils, but I may just add my finished product and tag you to take the proud credit! πŸ˜‰
    Peggy L.

  8. Meg Karetny

    I’d love to do my old coffee table top. It’s a blank slate waiting for something fun to do with it πŸ™‚ Thanks for this!

    1. Darla

      Meg, I’m dying to try this on a glass table top, maybe with a cool graphic stencil. Stay tuned for Thursday’s post. Hint, hint.

  9. Meagan M. Greenan Liani

    I have tons of things I need to try this on for party decor!! I’m loving this idea!! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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