June 27, 2022

We had a very completely different put up deliberate for in the present day, however then a brilliant enjoyable/random mission fell into our laps on Monday night time. We weren’t positive how issues would prove (we have been kinda making up a DIY approach as we went alongside), however to say that we’re pleasantly shocked is a huge understatement. This is likely to be my favourite below $10 mission within the historical past of my life. And it may simply be repeated with any window you discover at a thrift retailer, architectural salvage store, and even at your native Habitat for Humanity ReStore. SAVE ALL THE GORGEOUS OLD WINDOWS, GUYS!

Or you would simply wander the streets hoping to be in the fitting place on the proper time – as a result of that’s really how my story of inheriting this window begins. For those who observe me on Instagram Tales, you could have heard me gleefully inform The Fateful Story Of The Outdated Diamond Window, whereby I randomly took an extended route on my night stroll and it resulted in me coming down our road about 10 minutes later than I often do, and at that precise second I ran into our neighbors as they have been loading an previous diamond-paned window into their truck to take it to the dump. They regarded up as I walked by and stated “Hey Sherry! Would you like this previous window? It’s tremendous rotten so we have been going to take it to the dump, however perhaps you are able to do one thing enjoyable with it?!”

I hope you know the way insane my face was after I basically screamed into their faces “YES I WANT IT SO BAD THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” and ran away clutching it and whispering “my valuable.”

Old Reclaimed Glass Diamond Glass Window

It’s white on the opposite aspect, and the purple aspect above was the road dealing with aspect of the window, which is, in actual fact, extraordinarily brittle and water broken (a number of the trim was lacking and simply stuffed with caulk, the precise sides of the window trim have been splintered and even lacking, and so on). So my first thought was that perhaps I may paint it with exterior paint and use it within the again backyard – perhaps as some kind of cool trellis-alternative for one thing leafy to develop up.

Effectively, inside a couple of minutes of excitedly chatting about some different potentialities yesterday, John & I concocted one other plan (PIVOT!) which might imply it wouldn’t proceed to get moist & rot exterior… and, properly, the entire footage you’re about to see have been really taken THIS MORNING. That’s proper, we began (and completed!) this mission in the present day. As in, simply hours in the past. And I used to be too excited to share my different already-written put up in the present day, so I whipped up this one for ya.

DIY Stained Glass Window Using Tissue Paper In Beach House Casual Kitchen

As for our supplies, all we used was our free secondhand window, two D-rings to hold it, about $9 in tissue paper, and a sprig bottle stuffed with water that we already had available. And inside about two hours (by about 1pm in the present day) we had turned this previous window into one thing we’re loopy about. I KNOW THIS PICTURE MAKES YOU WORRIED. All of it labored out, though this seems like a preschool mission gone incorrect.

Cleaning Glass On DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Window

This complete factor began as a result of I wished to discover a method to make use of the diamond window INSIDE of the seashore home, someplace that we may see it greater than having it tucked away within the yard and someplace that it could be protected against the weather so it wouldn’t ultimately simply disintegrate fully. And this spot throughout from the island ended up being excellent. It’s possible you’ll keep in mind that we had this massive beachy print there earlier than. We LOVE this print – it’s the right colours and is fairly reasonably priced for a framed artwork piece this massive, however I discovered a greater spot for it AND it opened up that space proper below the sconce for my piece de resistance: The Diamond Window Of My Desires.

As a result of I do know you want closure, right here’s an image of the place we moved that framed print. Appears so good over by the eating desk. The colours go so properly with the previous chippy blue door to the laundry room.

Heading again over to the sconce that now highlights The Window That I Would Marry If That Have been Authorized – we predict it’s the right spot as a result of the window is thick and sticks off the wall a good quantity, so having a sconce that stands proud above it and shines down on it feels actually proportional and balanced. As quickly as John held the window up in that spot yesterday I knew it could add some good steadiness to the room. WINDOW DESTINY IS A REAL THING, GUYS.

Beach House Kitchen With Pink Stove Vintage Rug

We have been each pleased with the concept of simply hanging the window because it was and calling it a day (properly, sealing it with some clear Safecoat Acrylacq since that safely encapsulates previous paint which may include lead). Buuuuuut we each agreed that it is likely to be enjoyable to see if there was a method to herald some coloration simply because it was feeling kinda white on white (white partitions, white window, white cupboards & countertop in entrance of it, and so on). That’s when the concept to attempt to give it a DIY stained glass look emerged. I KNOW. UH OH. That sounds prefer it may go SPECTACULARLY WRONG. However we have already got FIVE colourful actual stained glass home windows on this home (two going up the steps, and three within the attic on the entrance and sides of the home), so it simply felt like one other one would match proper in… if we may make it look good and never tacky… (which was a giant IF).

DIY Stained Glass Window Wall Hanging Using Tissue Paper

In the end we knew we had nothing to lose since glass may be scraped in case you paint it or cowl it with one thing you later hate. The truth is we knew issues like glass paint exist for some of these tasks… however the craft retailer scene out right here close to the seashore home is bleak. As in, the closest factor is about an hour’s drive away with an $18 toll. So we determined to improvise utilizing a well-liked children craft medium: tissue paper. I KNOW I CAN HEAR YOUR FEAR THROUGH THE COMPUTER BUT HAVE FAITH. Bear in mind: nothing to lose. Tissue paper can go on… and it may peel proper off if it seems like one thing a toddler made on the library and subsequently glued their hair to the paper.

We really already had some blue and mint tissue paper available for reward wrapping – and we darted out to the small native drugstore and grocery retailer after breakfast (THIS MORNING!) to seize no matter else we may discover that thought is likely to be enjoyable… which ended up being some pink, violet, yellow, purple, and white.

Tissue Paper Colors On Diamond Window Before Attempting Stained Glass Look

However earlier than we may begin messing round with the paper, we needed to prep the window for hanging.

Prepping Your Window

John ended up having some heavy-duty D-rings that we screwed into the again of the window to make it simple to hold. For those who don’t have them, they’re just some bucks at any ironmongery shop. Ensure you’re hanging them equidistant from the highest of your body, since this may make it simpler to get it degree in your wall. We additionally subbed out the screws that got here with the D-rings with barely longer ones for a stronger maintain (simply make certain they gained’t poke by means of the entrance of your window).

Screwing D Rings To Hang Diamond Glass Window

We hung it utilizing these drywall anchors, which have gotten our go-to anchors since you don’t need to pre-drill a gap. You’ll clearly need to use a degree and a measuring tape/yardstick to get it precisely the place you need it in your wall. We made positive ours was centered on our sconce and the entire hanging half took below 10 minutes.

John Hanging Diamond Glass Window On Wall

As soon as we “take a look at hung” it to verify we appreciated it, I spent about half-hour “tidying up” the glass. This meant scraping off a number of the crusty paint across the edges that overlapped the glass. I like utilizing a flat glass scraper like this after which I vacuumed up the flakes with our store vac to get rid of it. I DID NOT SAND as a result of there might be lead paint below the newer paint that might aerate and be breathed in (scraping may even fire up lead mud in some circumstances – mine have been simply massive paint flakes that remained on the glass – however we closely encourage tons of care with lead).

Sherry Scraping Glass Window Clean Before Hanging

After scraping each side clear, I used white vinegar in a sprig bottle to wash the glass itself (that’s really how I like to wash glass and mirrors all around the home – so low cost and it really works!).

Wiping Glass Clean On Old Diamond Pane Window

If we wished it to look much less rustic and previous we may’ve executed much more (scraping extra, patching the wooden with Bondo, repainting…) however we appreciated the way it regarded previous and attention-grabbing. So at this level we have been just about able to get to tissue papering!

Old Diamond Paned Window With Dog Sleeping Next To It

Oh, and I ought to level out that our chihuahua Burger was very excited about posing all through this mission. Scroll by means of this put up while you’re executed studying and rely the cameos. He undoubtedly thought he was supervising.

Portrait Of Chihuahua Through Diamond Glass Window

Making use of Your Tissue Paper

We tried a couple of completely different utility methods utilizing what we had available, however I’ll simply share what ended up working the perfect for us.

First, minimize your tissue paper roughly to measurement. It doesn’t have to be excellent and also you undoubtedly need some overlap so it’s not too small for every window pane. You too can maintain your tissue paper folded if you wish to minimize a number of items without delay.

Cutting Tissue Paper Sheet To Size of Pane

Subsequent, spray the glass floor generously with water utilizing a sprig bottle. You don’t need a puddle of water, however typically we discovered extra water was higher than much less.

Spraying Diamond Window Pane With Water From Spray Bottle

Subsequent, place your tissue sheet on the glass, beginning within the center and gently smoothing it in the direction of the sides. You should utilize your fingers to press it into the creases, however moist tissue paper is delicate, so take it gradual. We tried pushing it into the nook with a straight edge (like a bank card) however it usually tore the paper, so we discovered that simply utilizing our fingers was greatest.

Pressing Sheet Of Pink Tissue Paper Onto Glass Pane

We experimented with a number of layers of tissue paper too (generally of various colours) to create completely different hues and ranging opacities (the extra sheets = the bolder the colour). So as to add a second or third sheet, repeat the steps above. Spray over the prevailing tissue paper and press down your subsequent sheet – first with a finger within the middle, after which faucet it down throughout the remainder of the pane.

You’ll be able to see that our papers hung over the sides loads, however so long as there’s not an excessive amount of extra – it’s under no circumstances seen from the entrance aspect.

Front Progress On DIY Stained Glass Window With Subtle Colors

Although it regarded kinda loopy from the again…

Back Of DIY Stained Glass Window With Crazy Bold Colors

Oh and while you end together with your spraying & sticking approach – let it totally dry in that horizontal place. I feel if we hung it whereas it was nonetheless moist it could have caught to the wall and made an enormous mess. Solely dangle it as soon as it has all dried and molded to the glass firmly.

NOTE: Clearly this technique solely works in case you dangle the window on the wall so that you simply see the entrance as a result of the again is butt ugly. Additionally, this mission is lower than 12 hours previous, so we’ll replace you on how properly this water solely approach holds up. Our tissue paper fully dried and molded itself into place with out something effervescent or shifting or coming free. If issues in some way change over time and unstick, my subsequent try could be to combine Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge with water and stick them on from behind with that concoction, which I’ve heard works however may end in extra creases and apparent “that is tissue paper” proof, therefore the water-only first try.

Choosing Your Colours & Sample

Not solely have been we winging this system, we have been additionally making up the sample and colours as we went alongside. So it’s price taking a while to simply take a look at out what colours you may create utilizing no matter tissue paper colours you’ve gotten available. The photograph under is of our “take a look at board” the place we have been simply seeing what would occur once we mixed completely different layers of various colours (the water spray technique meant something we didn’t like may very simply be peeled off with out a lot effort earlier than it dried).

Testing Colors On DIY Stained Glass Window

You’ll be able to see a couple of of the decrease colours we examined have been extra daring and first than we most well-liked, and we observed that the brighter colours regarded much more veiny and uneven – particularly once we layered white below them to attempt to mute them a bit from the entrance (FAIL!). So we very fortunately peeled off the too-bold major colours we didn’t love, in addition to the white + major ones that regarded all veiny and wrinkled within the backside left. Then we rejoiced that the colours we appreciated probably the most tended to look probably the most like precise stained glass (the highest ones).

All of that experimenting additionally taught us that layering the royal blue behind a couple of layers of lighter colours (like two mint sheets or two pink sheets) or placing a fireplace engine purple sq. behind two sheets of the violet paper gave us attention-grabbing variations, which helped to create a extra various ultimate look.

Close Up Detail Of DIY Modern Stained Glass Window

As for the sample, we contemplated a brilliant symmetrical/conventional stained glass take a look at first. However no matter I doodled on my telephone ended up wanting extra conventional than we wished. So we ended up simply kinda making a random/natural sample. Principally placing a couple of down, holding the window up, and making judgement calls about the place to place the following one and what coloration to make it.

John Testing Tissue Paper Colors On Diamond Glass Window

We realized afterwards that the entire thing ended up wanting very Matt Crump-y. I like this pocket book of his so I’m fully enamored to have a window model to name my very own.

Color DIY Stained Glass Window Hanging Beyond Beach House Kitchen Island

I’m glad we determined to depart a number of the pane completely empty, as a result of I feel the reflective glass floor itself is a giant motive why it seems so fairly hanging on this room. It’s continuously catching reflections from the assorted home windows and doorways within the area, which means it nearly glimmers as you stroll by means of the room. And it’s previous wavy glass. MY FAVORITE.

Side Detail Of DIY Stained Glass Diamond Window Wall Hanging

Footage can’t do it justice. Want you would all come wash dishes at my sink and stare at it with coronary heart eyes.

Beach House Casual Kitchen With Ikea Cabinets And Faux Stained Glass Art

So once more, I’ll maintain you posted on how this DIY stained glass approach holds up over time, however for now we’re feeling fairly plucky about what we have been capable of pull collectively in a couple of hours.

Beach House Kitchen Island With Color Stained Glass DIY Window

Oh and in case you’d wish to see another reasonably priced tasks that we’ve tackled over time, this Crafting & Artwork class has quite a lot of concepts for ya. The large dwelling renos are enjoyable, however nothing makes you are feeling all giddy and excited like a fast & simple mission that really goes your method! They do exist!!!

P.S. Talking of artwork, our candy good friend Jenny Komenda is now carrying two images that we took & framed on the duplex in her print store (Juniper Print Store). They’re accessible as digital downloads you can print & body your self or as prints you can order that come proper to your door. We’re so excited to see Love and Station amongst all of her pretty prints!

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