Sunday, March 14, 2010

DISSECTING MY COTTAGE KITCHEN MAKEOVER- "STAINED GLASS" WINDOW




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!! :)
I have linked up to Make it Mondays at Cottage Instincts
Have a Blessed Day
MELISSA

12 comments:

Lee Laurie said...

I love it! It looks so pretty. I've used that stuff before but not on anything that big. I did a cake plate for my Aunt for her birthday one time. I put pink roses all over it. Your window is beautiful and I would have saved it too! I'm known for that. I save everything! Lol

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Katie said...

I needed this post! We have an old victorian with large picture windows in the living room and dining room, and above the picture windows is a smaller window (18 inches high) that used to be leaded glass. I have wanted to replicate it, but had no idea how. Where did you buy your materials for this project? I'm going to subscribe to these comments, so I can read your reply. Thanks!

Katie

My Cottage Charm said...

Katie, I bought my stuff through QVC, but they don't carry it anymore. Michels craft store might still have it. BUT, if you go back up into my blogpost and click on the link that says gallery glass in blue, it will take you right to Plaid Enterprises webpage. You should be able to find the things you need there. I purchased mine as a kit. I also think Amazon.com has some stuff as well. I would only buy the adhesive leading if I were you, it's much easier and looks 1,000 times better than the stuff you make with the liquid leading. :) Hope this helps! You'll have to email me a pic when you get it done, I'd love to see it! :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Melissa...I think the leaded glass window is one of the things that stood out to me in your last post of your kitchen. It looks very professional and so pretty in that window! Thanks for all the info and how-to's!~Patti

Marilyn said...

I think I should retire and do project like this window! As I'm not wealthy, ;D, I guess I'll have to go to school tomorrow. I do have a long narrow window that would look great with the leading. Thanks for sharing. ♥♪

afistfullofweeds* said...

I really like that!! A real Treasure!!

Emma said...

Hello,
Thanks for your kind comment about Ging x
Looks like your as bad as me for painting everything, all looks really good though!
Warm wishes Em x

mariondee-designs said...

Your window looks fantastic! It's amazing what a bit of imagination does! I just read your post about your hubby going back to the store and getting your 3 tier stand, how sweet! My hubby did the same for me not that long ago with a decorative bike.. couldn't believe it either! take care, Maryann

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very pretty! I'm off to check out some of your previous posts.

Linda said...

That turned out beautifully!

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a gorgeous project. You really need patience to do that! On a blue Monday I have learned how to do the real thing, but I think your way is better.

Terry said...

Thanks for sharing your window - I assumed it was a real stained glass window! How gorgeous it is - I just love it..can't wait for you to share more of your decorating!

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