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It looks like STAINED GLASS!

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stained glass


I love stained glass windows and doors, but they are so expensive.  I still needed some privacy so I had to figure something out for my doors.  About 10 years ago I came across Gallery Glass at Michael’s and tried it in a bathroom window.  I still miss that window!   It is so easy, and beautiful.  You can do any design…I used a ruler to get the distances equal here in our dining room exterior, side door.

Gallery Glass is inexpensive and goes on like paint.  The leading comes in strips and you put that on first-that gives you plenty of time to figure out your design. There are a variety of colors.  I prefer the crystal clear which goes on white, but dries like the look you see here.  Everything becomes secure once you have painted on the clear with a small paint brush.  It also goes on straight from the bottle which has a small tip to use to apply it.  It is non-toxic and has no odor.

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To the right is a picture of our front door side light.  A friend who is a graphic artist did this sun in minutes…he is such a wonderful artist! I came across the gems at Michael’s as well and decided to add them in for the fun of it.  You add them before the paint dries and they stick no problem.  This is a great way to have some family fun and to “capture” time on a window.  Much better than any “real” stained glass!  The rest of the designs are all works of art from our friends & family.   Everytime I answer the front door I enjoy this…even my Dad wrote “Papa” in his area…we will cherish this forever!

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11 Responses to It looks like STAINED GLASS!

  • Cathy says:

    Hi, I am drooling over your amazing door. It is truely a work of art. I have never done anything like this, but we just got a house, and so we are strapped for cash, but must do some thing with the side light by front door. If we buy that white gallery paint, do we brush it on with a sponge paint brush and it dries in that cool way you show? It seems like it would provide beauty and privacy, even if you didn’t do any thing additionally. Please let us newbies know what you think. Sincerely, Ken and Cathy

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  • Wow, Julie that door is amazing! A while back a neighbor of ours did all of her kitchen cabinets w/ some sort of gallery glass and faux leading. I have yet to try it but now I think it’s on the list again. Pinning!

  • Jennifer says:

    We have a lot of windows in our home and would love to do this for a little more privacy. Can I/we get a more detailed “how-to”? Did you take the measurements of the glass area you were covering , create your layout, then apply to the glassy area or did you apply directly onto the glass?

    • Julie says:

      Most of the details are in the post. I painted it directly on the glass. It was my own design. It peels off if you want to practice first.

  • The “stained glass” looks great, I liked the lines one – beautiful!!

  • Irieprendygal says:

    Hello Julie, Your door’s are great. I also am in love with stained glass. For privacy I painted our bedroom door with a starfish, sand and beach stained glass effect 10 years ago and would like to go for a more discreet polished look. I’m just not sure how to get rid of the false leading. Mine wasn’t it strips but in a tube that you squeezed out and then it hardened. Would you know anything about this method and how to go about getting rid of it without breaking the glass? Thanks for any hints, tips, ideas.

  • Lili22667 says:

    Hi Julie,
    Nice work! This is very much what I looking for! Curious about a few things, like removal if it doesn’t go well, or you want to change it. I love a delete button in life! I see you said a razor about the old tube type lead, but wondering about the frosted part. I am assuming you did the work on the inside of the window- but I didn’t see if you said that or not.
    Also looking for some inspiration about what design would work best, and maybe where to find a template to use. Thanks so much for the post!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Lili, It’s done on the interior, and it removes easily after it dries you can peel it off. If you mess up., just wipe it or let it dry and peel off. The kits come with different designs and templates I believe. Go check it out at Michael’s. Good luck!

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