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!

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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  • Mul16021562 Mul16021562 on Feb 07, 2022

    Can you do this on windows too? Also does it give you privacy?


    How do I scrape it off, after I have totally F--Ked up my cabinet glass?

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Feb 13, 2022

    I’m personally not a DIY’er … but I love this and I think I can do it …

    … how is that getting onto the glass for you to have your separations … or is it a special type of paper ?

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  • Fran Fowler Fran Fowler on Feb 13, 2022

    Tremendous idea!!!

  • Kristine Oh! Kristine Oh! on Feb 13, 2022

    I use food coloring instead of paint for a completely clear color. It works GREAT. also, for a more permanent effect, use epoxy resin instead of glue.

    • LAHawk LAHawk on Feb 20, 2022

      I've also seen paint designed for glass so that would give a translucent color, as well. I like this idea.