Friday, October 14, 2011

Faux Leaded Glass / Stained Glass

When we moved into our house 7 years ago, I immediately knew I would be cutting out the centers of 2 of my kitchen cabinet doors and creating glass front doors.  I really wanted more than just glass, so I went in search of something to create a leaded look.  There were several things on the market, but they looked...well..."faux" to say it nicely.

Then I found Pebeo stained glass lead self adhesive strip.  It was actual lead that could be topically applied to glass.
Our house was built in 1991, so needless to say, it didn't have much character.  So we had to "add" the character ourselves.  This is how our kitchen looked in 2004 when we bought the house.
Good old stock builders oak, a bowling ball light and REALLY ugly vinyl flooring with country blue flowers...just my taste....NO!!!

Since then, we have painted our cabinets, added hardware, covered that hideous flooring with laminate, added an island and pan rack, new lighting fixtures and bought some new appliances.  We had intentions of replacing the kitchen counter tops and adding a "real" back splash, but that just hasn't happened yet.  Oh least we got lucky and have basic off white instead of some funky mauve or country blue colored counter tops!
Off to the left of the fridge is where we added the faux leaded glass cabinet doors.
The faux leaded glass door cabinets are a perfect place to display many of my brightly colored vintage dishes.

This is not the only place I have used the Pebeo adhesive lead.  I have always wanted an old stained glass window, but couldn't afford one.  So I created one!  I used a vintage wood window that we found at an architectural salvage yard ($15.00).  I created the pattern I wanted (or you can google for one and print it out if you can't or don't want to draw your own). Taped it to the back of the window and began placing my lead.  After I was done, I decided I wanted to add color to it.  I like the leaded look, but after all...I wanted a stained glass window.  I used Gallery Glass Paint to finish the look.  Yes!  Gallery Glass makes a leading too...but it looked to "faux" for me.

This window now hangs over a half wall between our kitchen nook and family room.  It acts as a nice divider without blocking light or the view.
According to my camera...I need to clean it!  Funny I don't notice that when it's hanging there!
My next victim...will be a stereo cabinet that I converted to a curio cabinet.  It used to sit in our entry way, but has been moved to our dining room to house my collection of crystal and silver.  My plan is to repaint it in an off white (don't laugh, it was originally painted almost 5 years ago now) and then add the leading to the glass door.  Stay tuned for that project.  I will try to take pictures and create a tutorial...assuming anyone is interested.  
Anyone? Anyone?
And if you don't want to wait, try for your's not that difficult and the results are fantastic.  Many people think the window is real stained glass and I get many questions on my kitchen cabinets...."How did you do that?".


  1. What a great idea!! This worked out really well! You have a great looking kitchen! I am a newbie and now following you via the newbie linkie party. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!!

  2. Thank you Shenita! Visited late last night and following too! Great finds at the SVA!

  3. Me! I'm interesting in a tutorial! :)

    I really love the dark color you picked for the cabinets, and those doors look great! Nice transformation.

  4. Beautiful kitchen! I love the dark colors. I also love the way you repurposed so many things. That is one of my favorite things to do too.
    I am also a newbie, trust you'll stop by some time:

  5. Oh my goodness, I can't believe that is the same kitchen. You are amazing. Still can't get over it!!

  6. Love the kitchen!!Thanks for stopping by my blog. I bought the Snoopy head at Walgreens a year ago. Don't know if they have them yet .

  7. Hi Kellie, I agree with Sarah, I can't believe that it is the same kitchen. What a great job you have done in making it "your own". I'm visiting and following from Debbie's Newbie Party and hope to visit often. Please come and visit me too. I could use some followers, LOL and Shenita, if you are reading this I visited you also but your blog wouldn't let me leave a comment. Hugs, Chris

  8. Visiting from Debbiedoos Newbie Party. I'm now following you.

    Love the "stained glass". Great idea!

  9. Hi Kellie,
    Thanks so much for visiting Project Queen! It is nice to find another lover of green. I find either people love it or hate it. I LOVE your green desk!

    Enjoyed seeing the transformation of your kitchen! Clever you using the leaded strips. I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets black also. What paint did you use? Did you paint the inside? They look lovely. I'm so ready to do mine.

    I'd like to invite you to link up a project to my link party (if you have not done so) and share one of your projects!

    YES, I'm very interested to see the curio cabinet in white with the leaded glass strips!

    I'm a new follower. So glad I "met" you!

  10. Love it! The Faux lead looks very believable to me.

    I found you at Debbiedoos newbie party. I'm your new follower!

  11. Oh my gosh, what a transformation! Can I please just come over and hang out in your kitchen! I would love for you to link up Thursday (actually it starts tonight) to It’s a Party!

  12. You rock, and so does your kitchen. Good job my friend.

  13. I love stained glass. Your kitchen is so pretty. What a nice job you did. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  14. Love your kitchen and stained glass! It all looks beautiful! Thanks for visiting, I am following you back!

  15. Love this!!! What caught my eye is that you and I have the same set of colorful nested mixing bowls!

  16. We do have twinsie kitchen's!! Do you know you have word verification on your blog? I have had to try and input that darn capthcha three times already to leave this comment. You can change that in yoru setting if you want. :-)


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