Stained glass is a big deal in these parts, especially the linear-prairie school of design type of stuff. It’s gorgeous. It’s expensive. It’s not-at-all weather proof, and sort of a pain to keep up. And yet, everyone loves it. Including me. So when I saw the ladies at A Beautiful Mess make a faux stained glass panel a few months back, I took note. And then my friend Kiki, who hates crafts in general, also took note of the project as something she might like for her kitchen, I said WE ARE DOING THIS. And here we are!
This all came about because she wanted to avoid fabric curtains in the kitchen, and I have to say, it does a decent job of providing privacy without blocking light. And the whole thing cost less than $20 to make. Can’t beat that.
I would encourage you to visit the original tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess for their materials and instructions, but, I will share a few pointers I picked up along the way…
*The Frame. This project will look far more custom if we had painted the actual glass in the window, or had a custom glass panel cut to size, but we were doing this for cheap and a 24″x36″ picture frame worked just fine.
*The Adhesive Strips. This is my first time working with adhesive lead strips, and even though the box says you can curve them and make shapes, I did not find them very flexible. At all. This grid pattern is a keeper.
*The Paint. In my mind, when I read the term “glass paint” I assumed it would dry like glass. Like, somehow slow-drying and self leveling. This was not the case. At all. It dries very streaky. Kiki doesn’t mind that, and I think it gives the piece some character, but it’s far from the “faux glass” look promised on the bottle. Infact, if you are doing this project on something unprecious like a frame, I would just stick to regular acrylic paints. Maybe mix in some matte medium gel to make it less opaque, but don’t waste your money on some fancy glass stuff. And, if you want it to dry with less streaks, slightly touch the wet paint with a wet sponge to give it that mottled look. Or do two thin coats. Either way, it’s not going to look like genuine glass close up, but, the overall effect is majorly nifty.
Quick. Inexpensive. And not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!