Glass in doors and windows, just like anything else in the home, can develop blemishes and scars or become damaged. Rather than removing, replacing, or throwing them away, however, consider decorating them to hide their flaws. Or decorate them for events, holidays, or to match your home's general decor. The process is fun and creative and almost anyone can do it.
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Things you need
- Glass doors and/or windows
- Glass cover products
- Faux stain glass kit or individual products
- Glass paints
- Glass stencils
- Glass etching kit or individual products
- Paint brushes (appropriate to the process chosen)
- Safety glasses (optional)
- Rubber gloves
- Newspaper or dust sheet
- Glass cleaner or vinegar and water
Determine which doors and windows you want to decorate. The size of the glass surfaces in question may have an impact on the type of process as well as the design you choose.
Decide which type of process you want to use to decorate your chosen glass. These might include, but are not necessarily limited to using decals or peel and stick glass products; hand or stencil painting; applying faux stain glass; and etching, just to name a few.
If you do not already have all of the supplies that are needed to complete your process on hand, now is the time to make those purchases.
Lay out all of your supplies, lay out paper or a dust sheet to protect your floor or carpeting, and don the appropriate safety gear.
Prepare the glass for the process you have chosen according to the instructions on the products you intend to use. It is imperative that the glass be clean and free of as much product as possible in order for your chosen technique to work effectively.
Follow the steps for your chosen process as outlined in the sections below.
Choose the type and design of decal(s) you want to use for each window or door to be decorated.
Peel static decals away from their protective backing and apply them directly to the glass, working out all of the air bubbles so that the decal lies flat against the window. When you get tired of the decal, just switch it out for another design, move it to another window or door glass, or just remove it altogether.
Peel and stick are other types of decals that can be stuck onto the glass windows or doors according to each decal's individual instructions. Be sure to work all of the air bubbles and ripples in order to make certain the decal lays flat against the glass. Be aware that these types of decals are a bit more difficult to remove. Therefore, make certain that you will be happy with your chosen design.
Cut, peel and stick faux glass products that mimic frosted glass, faux stained glass, faux etched glass, or any other process and design that you like. Follow the instructions on the product you have purchased to make certain that you have properly applied the product.
Decide what type of design you want to paint or stencil onto your glass. You might choose a design that matches your home's overall decor, a design that is appropriate to a current event being held in your home, or to celebrate a holiday.
Choose the colours appropriate to the design you have chosen.
Sketch out the handpainted design you want to use, if that is your chosen process, or follow one found in a book, magazine, or sample pamphlet that can be purchased at most craft stores.
Handpaint your chosen window design using the appropriate type of glass paints. Most are made to be easily removable, however, permanent paints are also available for those who want a permanent design.
Stencil a design onto the window or door glass using the appropriate stencils and paints and following the instructions provided with them.
Choose a stained glass design for each window or door to be decorated. Most craft stores and some home maintenance stores carry patterns, books, magazines, or pamphlets to help walk you through the process. Kits that contain everything you need to accomplish the process can also be purchased.
Apply faux leading using the technique recommended for the type of product you have chosen.
Brush on the stain glass paint, carefully following the instructions outlined on the paint container. Follow the colour pattern laid out in the sample provided or develop your own to match the colours used in your home. To intensify colours, apply more than one coat of stained glass paint.
Determine the etched design that you want to use for each window or door. If you have purchased an etching kit, your design may be limited to those provided in the kit. However, you can purchase blank etching product for the purpose of designing and cutting out your own etch design. These are available through most craft stores as well as some home maintenance stores.
Prepare your etch pattern, if necessary. If you are making your own design, this is the time to prepare and apply it. If you are using a pre-made stencil, attach it to the glass to prepare it for etching. This generally involves a peel and stick process. Make sure that the design lays on the glass without bunching up or wrinkling so that your design remains in tact.
Apply the etching product with a paint brush. Be sure that the product covers the entirety of the cut-out so that it will appropriately mimic the chosen design. Let the product sit in place for the amount of time recommended on the etching product.
Carefully wash away the etching product and remove the stencil. All that should remain on your window is your chosen etched design.
Tips and warnings
- Be creative in designing your window and door glass. The limitation here is your imagination.
- Mix and match designs and processes to create your own unique widows and doors.
- Choose products that can be easily removed or changed in the event that you change your mind in the future.
- Choose designs that are versatile rather than narrowly limited.
- Use a mask to protect against noxious fumes.
- Always use rubber gloves when working with etching acids.
- Use safety glasses when using products that might irritate the eyes.
- Etching is permanent.