I like making things – crafty things, decorating things, pretty things, wearable things, and most of all thrifty things. Sometimes I make things as a temporary “fix” thing, until I can afford to buy the “real” thing. A few times, I have actually wasted my money on a “fix” thing or did something I should have saved my money on to put towards the so desperately wanted thing.
This post is not about what I made, but how a crafty” fix” thing turned into a positively permanent thing.
The photo above is the interior view of my front door on a sunny winter day. It is hard to get a good photo since the light creates a glares on windows in photos.
When I moved into my house 16 1/2 years ago I wanted to have sidelights of beveled glass. The door and sidelights that came with my house, which was a builder’s “spec” house, were nice, but plain. I knew I didn’t want to cover them up as that would block the light. I like lots and lots of light.
So instead of wishing, I tried a product called Gallery Glass Window Color to create a leaded beveled glass side lights for my door.
I remember seeing a Pella door with beveled glass at a local home improvement store and loving it. Since we were in a brand new house with a brand new mortgage there was no way I could get a new door, since we already had a brand new door. It would just have to be something I would put into my “someday” idea file.
Then, not too long after seeing that Pella door, I went to the craft store and stumbled upon a new product called Gallery Glass (this was back in the early 1990’s) I read all the directions and there was a project book that I skimmed through while still in the store. Most of the projects they showed were colored stained glass looks. That didn’t quite float my boat, but I got the idea of using the crystal clear color and to copy the design from the Pella window. Gallery Glass doesn’t cost a lot, so I figured I had nothing to lose.
Fast forward to today- when these photos were taken. The sidelights still look as good as the day I put Gallery Glass on them 16 years ago.
Update: I added two new photos to this post to show how it looks now that it has been 20 years since I did this.
I have cleaned the windows, they have gone through temperature extremes, and still look like new. Plus, I checked to make sure it would come off if I no longer wanted the beveled look, it peels right off like a window cling does. Total cost was under $15.00. Today it may be a bit more, but not much.
So my crafty” fix” became a pretty thrifty permanent decorating thing.
Gallery Glass is sold at craft stores and on Amazon. When I went to check what the craft store carried last week I couldn’t believe all the added products Plaid makes to go with the glass paint.
Pre-made leading strips was one of the products that would have saved me a lot of time back in 1994 since I had to make my own leading strips using lined notebook paper as a guide.
How to Make Leading Strips with the Bottle of Gallery Glass Liquid Leading:
Take a piece of 8 -/2″ x 11″ cardboard and cover it with a sheet of lined notebook paper and then place a sheet of plastic wrap over it. Tape the excess plastic wrap to the back of the cardboard to make the plastic wrap smooth and tight over the lined notebook paper. Create the leaded lines following the lines on the notebook paper. Once dry, the leading strips will peel right off the plastic wrap and you will be able to place them on your windows, even into curves and circles. Another way would be to use your design under the plastic wrap and make intricate and curved lines. Once they are dry, peel them off the plastic wrap and place on your window.
Here is the pattern that I used. Depending on the size of your window you can add a section at the top and/or bottom to fit your window as I did.
This is the exterior of my front door. The Gallery Glass is very subtle from the outside. It was quite funny when one of my neighbors walked past my house after I did it and asked me when I got beveled glass in my sidelights?
Plaid Enterprises who make Gallery Glass is not paying or giving me anything to write this post. This is truly a post about something I did using what turned out to be a great craft product that has lasted a long time.
I thought that fact alone was worth posting. If you can’t find Gallery Glass at your local crafts store, Amazon sells it. They have kits as well as individual bottles.