Faux Stained Glass Cabinet Technique

6 Materials
2 Days

Grab some Elmer's glue and craft paint for this one of a kind cabinet update!

Check out the video for more how-to's!

I found this cabinet at a thrift store and it was a perfect size for our TV - but as you can see it didn’t hide the cords very well..

Instead of taking off the glass… I had an idea! 

Next, clean the glass.

First, remove the doors from the cabinet.

After that, grab your white glue and add about a tablespoon of black paint to it and mix it.

Following that, print out a pattern and tape it to the glass, & begin tracing!

Continue to move around the pattern and trace until your glass is covered! Let it dry overnight.

Next, pour some clear glue and into a muffin tin for separation.

After your tints are mixed -- you're ready to go!

Next, add a few drops of paint to the glue to create a tint! Be sure not to add too much paint so it's a little bit transparent.

Begin coloring in your faux lead lines!

Add another coat if necessary. Let the glass dry overnight & reattach to your cabinet!

And that's it! I love the way this looks on the cabinet - it gives it a one of a kind whimsical look!

You can personalize colors and trace any patterns to fit your style!

You can use this technique on any kind of glass -- from old windows to glass doors-- the possibilites are endless!

I hope this inspires you to try out this faux stained glass technique!

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  • Carolynyoung
    on Sep 30, 2020

    It appears in the photo you are applying the black to the paper so how does it get on the glass? Sorry it's not making sense.

    • Carey
      on Dec 30, 2020

      This is an excellent idea for a glass door that you don't want to see through!!! Definitely and idea to remember for future use!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Pamela
    on Dec 30, 2020

    Has anyone used painted dowel rods to create the grids? It may sound stupid but I was just wondering. My hands are not that steady

    • Emmawilliams1
      on Dec 30, 2020

      i really like this idea and i have so many leftover paints as you used....Now to get the glue and next week I am in business, so to speak! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! LETS PRAY IT WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER THAN 2020! GOODBYE 2020!!!

  • Shelly Smith
    Shelly Smith
    on Dec 31, 2020

    What is the English equivalent of Elmers

    • Ted Tallman
      Ted Tallman
      on Feb 9, 2021

      Wood glue is more permanent, school glue if gets wet will soften again.

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  • Victoria Larsen Stencils
    Victoria Larsen Stencils
    on Dec 31, 2020

    Awesome techniques!

  • JanM
    on Jan 2, 2021

    You can do this on simple glass jars and bottles too. It can look very pretty if you put miniature lights in the jars/bottles afterwards.

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