Finally we have a couple of days above 50 degrees so I can spray paint a small project outside.
In the past when I wanted to create a kind of mercury glass effect with spray paint I used Valspar’s bright silver spayed quickly over wet hammered bronze.
It wasn’t difficult and I liked it.
I went to Lowe’s to pick up some more bright silver and alas there was none. So I stopped into Home Depot and bought one can each of Rustoleum silver and chrome.
My plan was to paint this old wastebasket I found in the attic to (sort of) match the chrome fixtures in the master bathroom.
I like the old can because the top of it echoes the frame on this mirrored tray which I also plan to use in the master bathroom. (I’ll probably have to paint it also.)
I sprayed it with hammered bronze and while it was still wet I over-sprayed with both the silver and the chrome.
The hammered paint causes the other paint to separate and darken in places.
If I do another project with this technique I’ll try to paint on a horizontal surface rather than a vertical one since the paint tends to run.
The finish looks good in the master bathroom.
It’s glitzy and fits perfectly in this niche between the shower and vanity.
Sidebar: I decided against a galvanized finish for this bathroom because of the chrome fixtures. The more rustic conservatory bathroom might get a galvanized-finish can.
Are you full on shiny chrome or the more subtle satin finish? (I like both.)