faux leaded glass window


There’s a serious misnomer about hundred-plus-year-old homes.  Most people immediately assume they come with all those coveted old home architectural details.  Filled with hand-crafted loveliness …


Rich crown moulding …


Beefy baseboards …


Sigh-inducing wainscoting …


… and dreamy stained glass windows.


The truth is, sometimes an old home is simply that.  Old.


Our home was built in the late 1800’s.  And it doesn’t have any of that old-home-hand-crafted loveliness.  Which is the main impetus behind our diy remodeling – and this blog.  A burning desire to add some old-world charm to our old-world house.  Charm that either was either never here or, perhaps, was stripped away by a previous owner …


… but I’m going with the “never here” option.  I’ve seen pictures of our house “before” the previous owner bought it.  And trust me, there was no way that hideous “before” exterior was hiding an inner gem.


I started the old-world charm mission in our dining room with a faux leaded glass window …




I first drew out my design on a piece of paper sized to the window …


faux leaded glass window pattern


Now, if I could easily reach the outside of the window, I would just tape that drawing to it and get to work.  But that wasn’t an option.  So I put my drawing up against the window and, using a pencil, lightly marked off my lead line start points on the frame …


faux leaded glass window


Then it was time to grab my Gallery Glass supplies …




Those leading strips are pure genius.  You can easily cut them.  Easily reposition them.  I just used a level to keep my vertical lines straight.




Then it was time to “solder” the open spaces between the lead lines using liquid leading …


faux-leaded-glass-window-tutorial-liquid leading


… which I let dry for 8-10 hours.


Phase two was the application of Crystal Clear glass color.  Which, obviously, is colorless.


Now I was a bit heavy handed.  Being impatient and all.  Completely forgetting about the effects of gravity …


faux leaded glass window-12


… there was a bit of revisiting and wiping away the Crystal Clear from the lead lines and bottom of the window pane.


I’d recommend using some type of applicator. Like a paint brush.  And painting on multiple light coats.


But in the end, I’m happy with the finished product …




Kind of looks like it’s been here for 100 years or more …




Unlike that cinderblock view.  That’s relatively new.  It went up after they tore down the 100+ year old house next door …

… and that one didn’t have any old world, hand-crafted charm either.



P.S. I partnered with the fine folks at Gallery Glass – which is made by Plaid Enterprises, Inc. – to create this faux leaded glass window.  And while they provided me with the products I needed to create this project, all opinions expressed are my own.

How To Make a Faux Leaded Glass Window


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  1. says

    I just did my first “stained glass ” window this past weekend. I wish I had read your post before I started. I really like the crystal clear Gallery Glass and used it in a similar way that you did and, like you, was wondering if there was a better way of putting it on. I really like yours so much! Thanks for sharing your tips with us. I saw your post over at The Scoop blog party.

  2. says

    I have seen these products, but hesitant to use them…and now you have given me incentive to try this!!…The window looks fantastic Linda…you did such a fabulous job!…So sad about the tearing down of that old house….

  3. says

    Never knew this existed! I love the design you created for the window, beautiful! Sorry about the cinderblock view :(. The good knews is – I was so busy admiring the pattern on your window that I didn’t even notice!

  4. says

    You did an awesome job! It really gives the house an “old feature” feeling. I live in an old cottage, but nothing old is left, except for the staircase. I’m on a crusade to give it back some of its old charm. Lead glass windows would be so cool.

  5. says

    Love what you did with the window! Looks great. Old houses – sigh. Some do have all that old world charm. Others have to have it coaxed into them!

  6. says

    Oh Linda….that is AWESOME!! You are killing me….I am dying to see your dining room now! it’s going to look so amazing with all the changes you’re making. Love love love that window. Well done!


  7. says

    Dooode!! This is so exciting! My house is almost 100 years old, but it doesn’t have those charming windows that it should. Well, it has two leaded glass windows by my fireplace, but that’s all. I REALLY want to do this! Thanks for turning us onto this!

  8. says

    I’m so glad I found you on Tweak It Tuesday. I have a pair of casement windows that I have been wanting to add leaded glass to. I have you on my e-mail now so I don’t miss any other brilliant ideas. Thanks!

  9. says

    OH. MY. GOSH.

    I have been trying to justify buying a new (huge) transom window about our front door. I think this may be the answer – except I am soooooooooooooo not patient or crafty……you made it look so easy.

    I LOVE THIS – it looks amazing, good for you, wow. BRILLIANT and it looks like it has always been there!

    Well done!!

  10. says

    When we purchased our first home in 1991 it was a lovely old home as well. Ok… it really was lovely but somewhere along the way someone removed all the stained glass windows… all that lovely frosted goodness and leading… simply gone. It was then that I discovered that one could mimic the look of a stained glass window. Just like you! I simply love gallery glass!! And your window looks gorgeous! Are you going to do the other two as well? Have a wonderful day!

  11. says

    Looks great! Most of those great old homes filled with great details require Mom, Dad and all the kids to have a full,time job….which leaves no one to do any work….so adding it in along the way is certainly more affordable! And look at the great result!

  12. says

    I would have never known that window wasn’t an original!! Amazing work. How did I NOT know about this magic in a bottle?!?! I happen to live in a 113 year old home & it has the chunky baseboards, amazing crown molding & all original doors etc. but the windows leave so much to be desired. AND I have the original front door which is heavy with ornamentation but just has plain ol’ glass in it. I’m off to the hob lob so I can make my window over. I’ll keep that pesky gravity in mind too :) Thanks so much! Pinned.

  13. Sue says

    I had seen this done once before many many years ago by a friend who was very crafty. It turned out wonderfully and she even did a large window over a doorway in a 2-story foyer. :-) Your pattern looks great and so fitting for the age of your home. :-) Sue

  14. Donna says

    Loved your results. I will definitely try this even though my home is only 30 years old! Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Sarah says

    Absolutely brilliant! Does it look the same from the outside looking in?
    Thank you for this post- I may have to try this on the little side windows next to our front door. It would also prevent people from seeing in when they are at the front door!

  16. wendy edwards says

    Trying this today on my garage door glass. Right now waiting for the soldering to dry.Very excited to see how it turns out. Ingenious idea. Your tutorial is very helpful.


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