Okay, many of you have asked to see parts of my kitchen makover up close, so I thought I would do a short "series" on dissecting my cottage kitchen. The first thing I'll show you is the "stained glass" window leaning inside my regular window. When we lived in our old house we replaced our old aluminum/vinyl windows with nice energy effecient ones. I had done this stained glass window treatment on one of my windows and couldn't bear to see it thrown away in the trash. Sooo.... me, being the pack rat that I am, had to figure out a way to get my pretty window out of the casing. It took some work ripping off that old vinyl and aluminum, but I salvaged my pretty little window. :) The stained glass is not real stained glass, it's a product many of you might already know about called Gallery Glass. Gallery Glass is put out by Plaid Enterprises and comes in a liquid form in bottles. The black "leading" can either be made with liquid leading or you can buy it pre-formed and self adhesive, that's the one I used. You get much straighter lines with the preformed and it looks more professional. ( and you don't have to wait for it to dry to use it!) :) You stick this stuff on the lines of your pattern and cut it with a single edged razor blade........it's really easy to work with.
I used a pattern from one their books, but you could use any stained glass pattern you wish. I just enlarged mine until it fit the panes in my window. You tape the pattern behind the glass and go over the lines with the self adhesive "leading" on the other side. I used the clear gallery glass for my window, but you can also get it in some very nice colors. I was just trying to go for the vintage glass you see in old victorian homes. :) The clear gallery glass comes in liquid form in a big bottle.....like this.
You can see some small circular pieces that look like they have bevels, that was from using a plastic bevel tray they also sell, but you don't have to use that at all, just squeeze the liquid into the areas made by the lead in circular motions and let it dry. The clear goes on milky white, but dries completely clear.
I am eventually going to put some eye screws into the top of the window and hang it in my regular window instead of having it lean..........haven't had time to get to some of the little things yet. :)
Well there you have one "close-up" of my cottage kitchen. Stay tuned for more!! :)
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