Leaded Glass Look on a Budget

Bobbi Perreault
by Bobbi Perreault
2 Hours
Love the window films at the store but hate the price? Got a steady hand? You can make your own privacy screen with a little time and patience. Check out how easy it is to get a beautiful custom look that lets in all the light and none of the unsightly views.
Materials: Clear Contact Paper, Pattern Ideas from the Home Store, Acrylic Paints.
Leaded glass on a budget. That frosted look is just the contact paper, it is translucent. The lines are thick glittery paint.
If you need ideas (like I do) the home store has lots of leaded glass patterns.
Shelf paper/Contact paper in clear. (it's not really clear, see 1st pic) You can draw your pattern on the back then trace from the front.
The three on the left got mixed into the jar on the right which becomes the lead
This is two after the lead is applied and before the color. I use the squares on the back to make everything even.
Another pattern. I Apply the contact paper directly to the window. It pulls off cleanly. And is also reusable.
Privacy and color for a bathroom window.
You can take is off and put it back on multiple times with no loss in adhesive ability.
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  • Dawn Mertz Dawn Mertz on Jul 20, 2016
    I love this idea! I may try it with my back porch sliding doors!

    • Bobbi Perreault Bobbi Perreault on Jul 20, 2016
      Hi, Dawn For a big window, I would use the spray paint for making windows transparent/opaque Glass Frosting paint. You can use tape for the design. But it'll be easier by far to use the spray paint

  • Andrea Schell Lee Andrea Schell Lee on Mar 18, 2021

    Hi neighbor!!!!

    I am definitely doing this to my kitchen door with glass!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    I'm about 30 miles south of DC!!!

    • Bobbi Perreault Bobbi Perreault on Mar 19, 2021

      It worked like a charm for us, much better than viewing the neighbor's trash pile. One thing to keep in mind, if the contact paper stays up for any length of time, the adhesive will be hard to remove. But in our case, there was no reason to take it down. LOL