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DIY Faux Leaded Glass Window

By it all started with paint on Mar 04, 2013

There’s a serious misnomer about 100-plus-year-old homes. Most people immediately assume they come with all those coveted old-home architectural details and are filled with handcrafted loveliness...

Rich crown moulding...

Beefy baseboards...

Sigh-inducing wainscoting...

... and dreamy stained-glass windows.

The truth is, sometimes an old home is simply that. Old.

Our home was built in the late 1800s. And it doesn’t have any of that old-home handcrafted loveliness. Which is the main impetus behind our DIY remodeling—and this blog. A burning desire to add some old-world charm to our old-world house. Charm that either was either never here or was perhaps stripped away by a previous owner...

... but I’m going with the “never here” option. I’ve seen pictures of our house “before” the previous owner bought it. And trust me, there was no way that hideous “before” exterior was hiding an inner gem.

I started the old-world charm mission in our dining room with a faux leaded-glass window...

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I first drew out my design on a piece of paper sized to the window...

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Now if I could easily reach the outside of the window, I would just tape that drawing to it and get to work. But that wasn’t an option. So I put my drawing up against the window and, using a pencil, lightly marked off my lead line start points on the frame...

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Then it was time to grab my Gallery Glass supplies...

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Those leading strips are pure genius. You can easily cut them. Easily reposition them. I just used a level to keep my vertical lines straight.

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Then it was time to “solder” the open spaces between the lead lines using liquid leading...

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... which I let dry for 8-10 hours.

Phase two was the application of Crystal Clear glass color. Which, obviously, is colorless.

Now I was a bit heavy-handed. Being impatient and all. Completely forgetting about the effects of gravity...

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... there was a bit of revisiting and wiping away the Crystal Clear from the lead lines and bottom of the window pane.

I’d recommend using some type of applicator. Like a paint brush. And painting on multiple light coats.

But in the end, I’m happy with the finished product...

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Kind of looks like it’s been here for 100 years or more...

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Unlike that cinderblock view. That’s relatively new. It went up after they tore down the 100-plus-year-old house next door …

... and that one didn’t have any old world, handcrafted charm either.

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P.S. I partnered with the fine folks at Gallery Glass—which is made by Plaid Enterprises, Inc—to create this faux leaded-glass window. And while they provided me with the products I needed to create this project, all opinions expressed are my own.

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