Thrift Store Lamp Mercury ‘Mirrored’ Glass Makeover with Covered Shade

Thrift Store Lamp Mercury ‘Mirrored’ Glass Makeover with Covered Shade

I have been looking for a lamp to sit on our breakfast bar since I made my living room to-do list a few weeks ago. Honestly, it has been awhile since I have had to purchase a lamp and totally forgot just how hefty some of the price tags can actually be.

This {Haley} table lamp from Crate & Barrel has had my eye for quite some time, though when I actually looked at the price – the $249 tag was not going to be happening anytime soon. The description states “coated mercury glass” but it appears to look more like a ‘mirrored finish’; which I thought would be easy to re-create. I was determined during my last shopping excursion to swing by the thrift store and find something I could work with among the isles of outdated misfit lamps.

My criteria list was pretty short {considering I am pretty impatient when it comes to looking for something specific from a thrift store}; I needed something in the right height range for the counter and since I had the ‘mercury glass’ makeover in mind – It had to have a good sized ‘glass’ base.

This cream glass and brass beauty fit the bill for just $8 and it even came with the finial to hold the shade on {it fell a little short in height but nothing a few stacked books couldn’t take care of}.

After the lovely pleated shade was removed, I gave the base a good cleaning and taped off the socket and cord to prepare it for the paint. I have been so anxious to try Krylon’s Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint and since I was going for the C&B Haley Lamp finish it was perfect for this project. The Looking Glass paint transforms clear glass into a highly-reflective, mirror-like surface.

It took about five coats sprayed directly on the base to completely cover the original cream color glass {I used extremely light coats letting them dry in between to prevent any drips or runs} I did not use a primer since I wanted the glass to have a transparent effect – I only prepped the surface by wiping it down with a cleaner.

Once the mirror finish was completely dry, I used painters tape and a plastic bag to cover the
glass so I could spray brass bottom – that received a coat of Krylon’s Satin Nickel.

With the base painted and ready to go it was time to work on the shade. I pulled a drum shade off of an extra lamp that was in our dining room; The size seem to fit and I really like the simple clean lines much better than the original pleated empire shade. It was a bit too white though, so I decided to cover it using extra material that was left over from hemming the bay window curtains. {I just love the linen look to this cotton fabric}

Drum shades are the easiest shade to cover – I simply cut a piece of fabric long enough to wrap around the entire shade {leaving enough excess width on the sides to tuck under the rims} I began by hot gluing one end of the fabric directly to the shade as a starting point – this will eventually become the ‘back’ of the shade as once you wrap the fabric around you will be left with a seam. To keep the fabric in tack, I sprayed a coat of Krylon Spray Adhesive into the shade and smoothed the fabric over as I worked my way around the entire shade. The ‘other end of the fabric was folded over to create a nice clean edge and hot glued into place creating the seam.

The edges on the top and bottom of the shade were trimmed to about a 1/2 inch, rolled to the inside of the shade and held into place with hot glue. {I have covered a few shades using this method and they have all stayed in place, withstanding the heat of the bulbs}

For a finishing look I made some trim for the top and bottom of the shade using the same fabric and Stitch Witchery. Stitch Witchery is fusible web the comes on a roll that you simply iron to bond fabric together – it can be found at your local fabric store. {I used 5/8 inch for this project}

I cut a strip of fabric long enough to wrap around the top circumference and approximately 1 1/4 inch wide. The stitch witchery was place in the center of the fabric, ends folded around and pressed with an iron to fuse together. {A separate piece was also cut and fused for the bottom of the shade}

It only takes 30-40 seconds to fuse a section at a time – so though it may seem like a lot of work it really doesn’t take that long and your left with perfectly matching trim for your project.

The trim was then hot glued directly onto the shade.

I really like the polished look the trim adds to the shade.

{not to mention the linen texture of this fabric shade [again]…love…especially with the light on}


I’m pretty tickled with this makeover and even more excited to cross another thing off the LR to-do.


Its Friday my friends ~ Enjoy your weekend!
P.S. I have received a lot of questions regarding the Krylon Looking Glass Paint; You can find retailers that carry the Krylon Brand {here}. I would highly suggest calling the store ahead of time to make sure they carry this particular type of paint. You can also find it online {here}


  1. What a fantastic makeover! It looks great!

  2. Great job! Love it!

  3. VERY Nice!

  4. Love the shade! The base turned out great.

    Heather @ The Other White House

  5. Awesome work!

  6. Wonderful and beatiful!And…

  7. It looks awesome.

  8. Great makeover on the base and the shade! And so thrifty.. fabulous!

  9. Very nice job!! I used to own a consignment furniture store and there were so many cool items that were just begging to be made over!

  10. Lovely! What an amazing difference!

    Yanet of 3 SKBs

  11. I won 6 Krylon spray paints and considered getting the mirror one. How cool your lamp and shade look. Definitely do not look DIY, but your stuff never does. Who needs Crate and Barrel when you have Stephanie Lynn?

  12. Hi Stephanie Lynn-

    I bought the Looking Glass spray paint with every intention to redo 2 lamps I have before the holidays, but never got around to it. I can’t wait to do it now. Your lamp looks amazing – what a great transformation of both the base and the shade. You must be so thrilled with your results.
    Gotta thank Krylon for coming up with such a great product for all of us DIY’ers.
    MY best- Diane

  13. Again, another transformation that is fabulous!

  14. I LOVE it!!! I mean, really love it. This looks just like the ballard’s shape I’ve been looking for for a while now. Thanks for sharing…great idea with the trim! -shaunna πŸ™‚

  15. omg! amazing! and i know JUST what you mean about being impatient when i’m looking for something specific at the thrift store. maybe i’ll make a quick stop at one today… that mirrored spray paint is incredible.

  16. It looks straight out of PB or Ballard!
    Oh my I have 2 lamps like this (minus the pleated shades) on our tag sale pile for spring. I’m heading straight to the storage area to retrieve them. I have used the looking glass spray for candle holders but never thought to use it for the lamps. Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. This looks so awesome! I can’t wait to copy it!

  18. The lamp looks fabulous. Love the mirror finish, I really need to get some of that paint, what a great idea. The shade is perfect. So chic and so pretty. Hugs, Marty

  19. This is awesome!! I am going to try this one!! Definitely going to try this one!! πŸ™‚

  20. OOOOoooo… I LOVE this! It looks very high end! Amazing what paint and fabric can do. I’d love to try the “Looking Glass” paint. You did a nice job on this! πŸ™‚

  21. Ack! I LOVE this!!! Gorgeous girl.

  22. Wow, I love it! Didn’t even know “mirror paint” existed. Thanks so much for a great, detailed post!

  23. I wonder how the spray would hold up on Knobs and pulls on cabinets?

  24. You always manage to make everything look so expensive. You have impecable taste. I love the fabric it is devine.

  25. this is just gorgeous…you always inspire me to creat loveliness…this lamp is one of my favorites. I love it!

  26. Oh la la, I love it! Good job girlie : ) You never cease to amaze me!!!!!!!!


  27. Love! Where did you get the looking glass paint? I looked everywhere for it when I was doing the guest post. Finally narrowed it down to Micheals and then they said they stopped carrying it. I’ve been desperately looking for it ever since! I might have to result to ordering it from eBay or Amazon πŸ™

  28. I love how the base turned out! I’d probably go with a taller shade myself, but the process is great and I love the linen look too.

  29. I LOVE this. It turned out perfect! I’ve been eye-balling the same type of lamps from Ballards….and like you…it’s not gonna happen at that price.Thanks for showing us this project and adding a ‘new’ one to my LR list!

  30. The lamp is awesome! What a great job.

  31. This is a great tutorial! I had NO idea you could buy spray paint to look like a mirrored surface! What a fun idea, and love the shade and the texture.

  32. The lamp is fabulous and it looks very high end! I am going on the search for Looking Glass paint.

  33. Great lamp make-over! I’ve never heard of the looking glass paint but I will be on the look out for it. I love your site… nice job!


  34. Looks even better than the store bought one! Beautiful work!

  35. Beautiful makeover!! I love the shade! Paint is so amazing isn’t it! It is better than the ones you find in the stores too!

  36. That is impressive!!! It’s beautiful!!

  37. Where did you find the paint? I’ve looked all over town for it.

  38. What a great job you did on this lamp! I actually have the mates to this lamp from goodwill.(They look like your after!) Awesome!

  39. Sometimes you just have to try it. I’ve changed a shiny brass lamp to a bronze with paint but never thought to change a white ceramic/glass lamp to metallic! Oh you’ve opened my mind to the possibilities. I have a white ceramic lamp in my son’s room that I’d love to give a metallic finish to. (insert evil laugh here….)
    Thank you for sharing!

  40. That’s pretty amazing paint! What a wonderful outcome, girl! And wow on that lampshade… totally pro every step of the way!


  41. What a fantastic transformation! Check out what I did to a lamp with the same style.

  42. This turned out beautiful!

  43. Wow this is rather awesome!Now to see where my skills have disappeared to! πŸ™‚

  44. This is beautiful

  45. Funny, I just created a lamp almost exactly the same. It was my first attempt at faux mercury glass. My lamp was clear glass so I painted the inside to try and recreate the look. It didn’t come out a shiny as store bought mercury glass but still has a cool look. I will be posting about my lamp makeover soon. Hope you will stop by my blog and check it out.
    Ps. I am your newest follower! Love your blog:)

  46. Fabulous … and you did a wonderfully professional recovering of the shade. Perfect!

  47. You give me such great ideas for Thrift Shop finds! This mirrored lamp is beautiful~! Thank you…and I too am now a follower of your blog.

  48. I love how reflective it is! Awesome lamp!

  49. This looks very pretty! I was wondering how it would look on something that wasn’t clear…now I know. I got a can of this too and can’t wait to use it.

  50. This is my first time hearing of this spray paint. I hope we have it here in Canada.

    This is a drool worthy update.

  51. I can’t wait to try this…both the mirror paint and making a shade. It’s really amazingly beautiful. Bet you feel a great sense of accomplishment!

  52. OH My!! Just Fabulous!!
    Thanks for showing us how…
    (stopping by from BNOTP)

  53. Hi Stephanie,
    Your lamp is gorgeous. This is just what I have been looking for. I have a number of tired old lamps that need to be spruced up. Thank you for sharing.


  54. Wow! What a beautiful lamp and shade! You did such a nice job – it’s just stunning! I’ve looked everywhere for Looking Glass paint for a project I’ve had in mind and I’m really having trouble finding it. (and I live in a big city) So, I may have to order it online. If I’d just done that in the first place, I could have saved myself a lot of running around and I’d have it already. Thanks for the detailed steps with the shade. It looks fabulous! -Nan

  55. This is beautiful Stephanie Lynn, I have featured it on Craft Gossip πŸ™‚

  56. Several months ago I was all set to buy a can of the looking glass spray paint, but when I looked at the directions it said to paint the inside of a clear glass object. I’m soooo glad you proved that wrong!!! I’ll be heading back to Hobby Lobby (if they still carry it) and buy a can…then that ugly old lamp I’ve got better look out!

  57. A little spray paint goes a long way! Love how this turned out. I used that looking glass paint on the inside of glass candle holders and it turned out great!

  58. I’ve been looking for a lamp for over a year that is within my price range & nothing has fit the bill. I’m super excited to try this. Yours is much better than the Crate & Barrel one. Thanks for inspiring me!

  59. So gorgeous! I have a can of the looking glass paint that I bought a while ago and haven’t used yet. Can’t wait to give it a try! BTW- I found the paint at either Joann’s or Michaels.

  60. Very inspiring idea! Thanks for sharing.

  61. This is gorgeous!!! I want to try that paint on something so bad! ahh! To die for! looks like a $100+ lamp and SHADE!

    Love it,
    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  62. Thank you, thank you.. just bought a lamp and tried something else.. not satified with the results.. was admiring the mirrored one’s at Home Goods today.. that will fit the bills! Just became your latest follower

  63. Exactly what I was looking for – thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  64. This is just beautiful – I have an old lamp base in the garage I was going to donate but have to give it a second look now. Thanks for the clear step by step photos.

  65. Well, I guess I’m a little late checking in here! But I had to tell you how magnificent that lamp looks! I fell in love at first glance.

  66. For when we move into our new (downsized, in-law) space, you have inspired me to recreate my two wooden lamps that I have had for 40years. I am toying between copper and shiny silver. If I keep things neutral I can go with the copper.

  67. they don’t distrubute this product in Canada πŸ™


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