Faux Stained Glass Cabinet Technique

Abbie M
by Abbie M
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! icon icon

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! icon

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  • Why don’t you just use glass paint and forego the glue!

  • Becky Becky on Feb 02, 2023

    Why not use store bought glass clings? The uneven hand-painted lines of this project give the cabinets a kind of “kindergarten art” look. Maybe that’s what you’re going for. But no bigger than these glass panels are, and with all the gorgeous choices available in rolls of window cling, I would just go buy a roll from Home Depot for $20 and have it up in 15 minutes. But that’s just me.

  • Jenny Jenny on Feb 02, 2023

    Did you have a final seal? If so, what did you use. Thanks

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