Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fake Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass is lovely.  It provides beauty, art and privacy all at the same time.  But, as you know it is ridiculously expensive.  This full-window sized panel costs $819.00!
Stained Glass
Credit - Zen Garden Bonzai
I've been looking for a solution to a privacy problem I have in my new home.  Here's what I see when I look out my laundry/pantry room:

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my neighbors, and because of that I don't want to torture them with visions of me in my PJs toiling over the washing machine!

But then I came across this interesting product called Window Film.  It's basically a large-sized Colorform (remember those?) that attaches to the window using a little soapy water.  So easy and fun!  Here is the result:

Not too shabby, huh?

Now I have the privacy I need, and a beautiful window too!

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

DIY Window Film ($20.00 x 3 films)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $60.00

Compare to a Real Wisteria Stained Glass Panel ($819.00)

Total Fake-It Savings:  $759.00

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  1. What a great idea!!
    Looks beautiful, I'm going to check that out! thanks for the idea!

  2. I have used glass paint for stain glass and painted my windows. But yours is a whole lot easier to do!

  3. Not exactly 'frugal', but it does look pretty. As Rose mentioned, there's "Gallery Glass" paint that you paint your window with, inside a pre-lined pattern made with liquid 'leading'. It's a whole lot less expensive, but you need to be crafty to do it.

    1. I disagree! Saving $759.00 for the same look is very Frugal. Plus to replicate that very complex design would take a lot of time. This took me literally 20 minutes.

    2. Not to mention that Gallery Glass has to be a constant pressure on the bottle, and the leading needs to be done on a flat surface and transferred to the glass, because it's liquid, and runs...I've used it, and while I managed to get some success, you risk wasting a lot, it's not a cheap as it used to be.

      This method is darn near fool proof. I've got it on a patio door, my front door with the big pane of glass (it even has leading sealed inside looks like actual panes of stained glass, now. Stopped my whacko-neighbor from going to the door and peering in to see if we're home...and yes, he'd do it at the back door, too.

      VERY frugal!

  4. Love the idea! Now if I only I had windows like yours! Mine would just look odd with that on it. :)

  5. I DO remember Color Forms! lol I loved those, and I have always loved the art and beauty of stained glass windows. I'm already thinking of which window I can fake it with now, too. This is beautiful!

  6. I don't know how it is that one can construct a faux stained glass, it seems like it would be impossible but it looks like you got down to the spot man!! Very impressive!

    -Solomon Berkovitch
    Storefront Glass Installation Brooklyn

    1. It's a huge sheet of vinyl that clings...the manufacturer prints it on an translucent sheet...thank goodness we don't have to do it, color by color. :)

  7. Now that’s amazing! Getting your window stained without really staining it? Why not! The color scheme and visual texture make it look like a real stained glass window. You’re right; this window treatment is perfect for providing privacy.

    - Willene Fagen

  8. Fake stained lass colors also are more affordable but we don't know its quality and durability.

    Glass Doors

  9. I really like this blog talking about interior glass doors, actually I don't like colored glass doors because I'm happy for a clear glass coz I want simple.

  10. What is the difference between fake stained glass and non stained glass?
    Pantry Doors

  11. Oh wow. It even looks better than the original one. Definitely a great frugal project for your window! Are you planning to do other windows in your house?

    Mary Martin


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