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DIY Faux Stained Glass For Under $20

We love a good DIY, and are so happy to have team member Rose contribute her own Pinterest SUCCESS to the Front Door as a guest blogger. Rose has been working on a lovely renovation of her Denver home, and was gracious enough to take us behind glass doors for a peek at her DIY Faux Stained Glass (AND FOR UNDER $20?!). Her experience and how-to tips are below. It turned out great, Rose! Thank you for sharing.


I’ve had a lot of Pinterest fails. More than I would ever like to admit. But, this stained glass DIY was affordable and easy. The only hard part was being patient and waiting for the faux stained glass substance to dry.

The need for stained glass in my home came from the need for privacy. We have a wrap around patio on a corner lot. As you can see in the “before” photo, the outside world is very easily visible from our living room. In the wintertime, when all the leaves die, it’s even easier for people passing by to see into our home. I struggled to find a solution. French door curtains didn’t really go with the modern theme of our home, and bamboo blinds would slam against the door every time we opened and closed the door. The only option left was to alter the actual glass. I’ve always loved the look of stained glass— the thickness of the glass, the colors, the texture. Instead of replacing the panes with real stained glass, or entire new doors with stained glass, I decided to faux my way through it.


Here are the supplies you’ll need to add faux stained glass to your windows:

  • 2 “Crystal Clear” bottles (or color of your choice) of Gallery Glass. I was able to find it at my local Michael’s.
  • Windex
  • 1″ Paint brush
  • Gloves

Total cost to transform two french doors is under $20!


Step 1: Clean glass with window cleaner and newspaper

Step 2: Cut nozzle of Gallery Glass and apply generously in loop motion

Step 3: Using paint brush or fingers, make small circles

Step 4: Let dry 4-5 hours before testing

faux-stained-glass-stepsA few things to note:

The product comes out white, but dries clear. Double check your bottle to make sure you have “clear.”

For a more fluid look, apply very generously and make small random circles.

For a more feathered look, apply less and use the brush.

Turn on a fan, and open some windows for faster drying.


After 4-5 hours most of the stained glass should be dry. Don’t worry about little areas of cloudy white. Some areas of my french doors took an entire day to dry. The key to this project and many other home improvement projects is to be patient. The photo below was taken 8 hours after I first applied the Gallery Glass, and there are still wet areas. Although that part was a little worrisome, I absolutely fell in love with the texture being created by light bouncing off the ripples.


The following day and night, I snapped some photos. As you can see, it’s harder to see inside during the daytime, than at night. Which is perfect for us, as we are not home during the day. At night figures (like my dog Denver) can be made out, but only if you are standing next to the glass. The rest of the living room is blurry and not really recognizable.


One of my favorite things about this DIY is that you can peel the faux glass off and start over. You can also clean the faux glass with window cleaner if you use a soft cloth.


Please share your results with us in the comments. We would love to see your DIYs!

5 Comment

  1. This is such a wonderful idea you deserve a nice big kiss this or at least a giant chocolate cake. This is wonderful. I want to get an apartment and I like my privacy this is so cool idea. Thank you no more creepy being watched through windows for me!!

  2. I have bad hard water damage on my shower glass surround, just wondering if this might be a alternative to camaflouge it? And what do you think about only doing 3/4 of the glass up?

    1. This is a good idea for camouflaging imperfections on glass. Make sure you do it on the outside of the glass door, as the glue is water soluble. If you want to do 3/4 of the glass, I recommend the faux glass leading from the craft store that way you can have a separation. You could also have it “fade” into the 3/4 top area and not use the faux leading. Please let us know how it turns out!
      – Front Door Team

      1. Rose, thank you so much for that idea! I have been thinking my only hope was glass etching, but I’m nervous to attempt that! I think I am going to try your idea! Barbara Davis

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