My Faux Privacy Stained Glass Experiment

February 16, 2012

I honestly don't know what to post today. I've been internet scouring for hours and nothing has inspired. So I thought I'd share this project I've never posted about. (I have several). My front door has many windows (which I love) but unfortunately it is situated very close to the sidewalk and our living room is easily seen (which I love less). I needed something that still let in the light (I think our house is too dark already) but still kept everyone from seeing us inside (especially at night, we're like fish in a fishbowl). I looked into those privacy film stick-ons they sell at Lowes and Home Depot but they all looked very cheap to me. (They've added more options since I last looked. But back then there was no dimension to the film, looked very 2D).

Finally I made this faux stained glass using Gallery Glass Paint. I made this over a year ago and it doesn't match my decor anymore. So I'm planning on making another version later with this lattice like pattern and just the clear color. If I do, I'll write up a tutorial on how easy it is!

What I really love about this technique is that it has the same warped look and texture as real stained glass. It is also 100% removable. Just an insert I hot glued to the window. Of course, nothing is as good as the real thing but if you can't use stained glass because of money or because you're renting this is a worthy alternative! Great for bathroom windows too! But I have to add that it looks most authentic in windows that don't move up and down since that is where most real stained glass appears.

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mysweetie924 said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to see pictures and a tutorial when you update your door/windows. We also have a glass front door and it's open to our living room, luckily we live far away from the road so we have privacy i just hate sitting home alone at night, i feel like im on display!

Tia said... Best Blogger Tips

I used Gallery Glass Paint on my front window in my living room. It's been there for over 10 years with no fading or peeling. Bought mine off of QVC years ago.

Amber Bockman said... Best Blogger Tips

totally need this tutorial NOW! We have a baby on the way and our door is framed with windows, I told my husband I don't want to be breastfeeding and the UPS guy looks in! I would also love to use this in our bathroom!

Jennie said... Best Blogger Tips

I did this on our front door windows this summer. I didn't do an insert, though - the paint I used was the peel-off kind, so I just had my husband take the door off the hinges so I could paint it directly on. When we move I'll let the next tenants know it's removable (and they can decide whether or not to keep it.)

I ended up designing my own because of the shape (our door has 3 smaller windows diagonally across the door) but I've got a pinterest board full of ideas, if you're interested: Stained Glass Front Door Window Ideas

Oh, and for anyone interested, the design I made is a single nature scene split between the panes, with a river in the top window, a waterfall in the next, and a pond at the botttom.

Robyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Can you tell me what the insert material was that you painted on to put in the window?

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

@RobynIt's just plexiglass. I bought it at a glass shop and had them cut it to my specifications. It was cheaper than you'd think. I only paid $7 per piece.

But you can also buy plexiglass at Lowe's and Home Depot. If you had a table saw you could cut it yourself.

I'd be interested in trying this on vinyl like raincoat material. If you have a very large window to cover the plexiglass becomes extremely expensive. If it could be done on clear vinyl it would be so inexpensive. I might try it sometime.

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