How to Make a Vintage-Style Frosted Glass Sign

4 Materials
15 Minutes

When I recently helped my parents with a $100 kitchen refresh we needed to come up with a budget-friendly (and cute!) solution for obscuring the clear glass in some overhead cabinet doors.

They had been using the cabinet purely for display purposes though wanted to reclaim it as a space to house all of their regular dishes - however, they didn't want to have to worry about keeping things super neat and tidy all the time.

An obvious solution is frosting the glass...though I decided to take things up a notch!

Rather than coating the glass entirely I used some basic alphabet stickers to create a vintage-style graphic.

It's hard to make out in the photograph though it states "Watson's Bakery Co. EST. 1978" ("Watson" being my parent's family name and "1978" being the year they were married).

It was a total experiment so I didn't document the process first time around however so many people have commented on it I decided to create a tutorial.

I've summarised this tutorial slightly for HomeTalk. You can find the full how-to on my blog here.

Firstly, ensure your glass is nice and clean.

Obviously, I used cabinet doors for my first project however for the purpose of this tutorial I'm simply using an old picture frame.

Next, decide on your graphic.

Of course, this is entirely up to you. Just make sure it works with the size of your glass and chosen stickers.

To ensure I attached the letters nice and level, I ruled a straight line on a piece of paper then positioned it behind my glass to act as a guide.

I then cut my stickers out individually and roughly arranged them to ensure they would fit before adhering them.

Once I was happy I began attaching my stickers. I simply eyed the placement however you could always draw extra guide lines on your sheet of paper if you don't feel confident or want to be super precise.

I also added a basic line which I cut from a strip of painter's tape.

After two light coats of frosting spray paint the glass is now translucent. Once touch dry you can begin peeling the stickers back to reveal the sign.

It's as easy as that!

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you like it!

Visit my blog post here for the full how-to and further photos.

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  • Peggy Peggy on Mar 11, 2019

    Is there anyway of making your own frost paint to brush on your glass?

  • Beth A Walsh Beth A Walsh on Mar 14, 2019

    Where will I find the Frosting Glass material? It looks like it is available in a spray bottle. Thank You in advance e.

  • Daryl Taylor Daryl Taylor on Mar 16, 2019

    So what does this have to do with the laundry room??!?

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  • KB KB on Oct 17, 2020

    Love this! Know exactly where I want to try this! Thinking that I might want to make my lettering inverted on the inside of the door and spray there. Not that I'm a greasy cook or

  • Brenda Brenda on Mar 26, 2021

    You did a great job wish I could do that but I'm not crafty at all!