Last we left the nursery, it was painted, with a fabulous DIY Sharpie Paint Pen wall complete, and not much else.
Even with the wall, things were still looking a little bare in there.
So before standing on a ladder became completely unbearable, I decided to get my faux leading on those transom windows. Sure, they do their job and let lots of light flow through into the hall beyond, but they were OH so BOR-ING.
After going back to re-read the faux-leading tutorials I’d found here and here, I got my trusty ruler, pencil, and big piece of scrap paper to start sketching a design. I didn’t want it to match the wall design, but did want to stick with our arrow-y theme.
After a lo0000000t of erasing and re-measuring, I had myself a plan.
Then I re-measured again…I was NOT going to do this twice.
My materials included Plaid Classic Black Liquid Leading, Plaid:Craft Gallery Glass Instant Lead Lines 12″, Black 1/8″, and some Plaid Gallery Glass Window Color Crystal Clear. The cost for materials was about $26 and I have TONS of the liquid leading and crystal clear coating left. Tons.
If anyone wants it, let me know.
Then I dove right in, beginning by using scissors to cut the leading strips apart—not all that easy of a task. I tried doing this with an xacto knife and ruler but it went pretty poorly. Scissors worked much better for getting the strips evenly cut along the score lines.
And I quickly learned that pulling and stretching the strips was BAD.
I made some measurement marks on the window frame and started applying the strips, using a small level to make sure they were nice and straight. An xacto worked great for trimming at this stage.
I did overlap leading lines when applying the design, but then went through and cut out the overlap before the next step.
Once my design was applied to the whole window, I went back in with the liquid leading. I was pretty generous with it but made sure to smush it down a little so there wouldn’t be a “3-d” effect on the seams.
Compared to the lead lines, this was a super fast step, even with a few re-coats on select spots. When wet it was pretty visible, but once dry the liquid leading looked fantastic. I let it dry over night.
Next up, textured glass.
I just went for it, putting on a fairly thick coat of the crystal clear but not so much that it slid down the window. Using the very complicated “finger dab” technique described by Jen, I got my “panes” all textured. Looked crazy while wet, but I loved Jen’s results so I just let it be and trusted the method.
After each pane I used a wet cloth to clean up the leading lines to avoid them having a shiny appearance when dry. The crystal clear coating dried pretty darn quick so I didn’t wait long to wipe the lines or any spills.
Just another perfect use for cloth pre-folds, of which we have 4000.
It didn’t take long to dry clear and BAM…there was the exact effect we were going for. I left the “feathers” of the arrow design clear as well as the top and bottom lines…just for something a little more interesting.
The finished product was pretty amazing. Stu couldn’t walk by with out exclaiming shock and awe over the incredible results. And at $26, this solution came in a lot cheaper and easier than hunting down antique windows.
It’s wasn’t a fast process, I spent several long hours over a few days, perched on a very uncomfortable ladder, but it was surprisingly easy once I had my measurements all nailed down. The second window went twice as fast as the first.
And it REALLY makes the staircase wall more interesting.
Thanks to Pinterest for directing me toward bloggers with the experience to help make this project that much easier. I hope my story helps the next person who wants to jazz up a few windows!
I was so dead set on original, antique windows but after just a little bit of searching I realized just how expensive and hard-to-fit old windows would be. Plus this cool process saved me more time than I can even imagine.
Have you tried faux-leading? Will you after reading this?
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We are laughing harder than ever before at the hilarity that exits Ethan’s little mouth. Funniest part? He’s always SUPER serious about it all.
Dad: “Ethan, what day is it?”
Ethan: “Monday. Then Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday, and another day, and then the baby comes out!”
While watching football:
Ethan: “That’s that quarterback, that’s the running back, and that’s the fence.”
Stu: “DE-fence buddy”
Ethan: “Yeah, fence.”
While driving home before nap time (AKA pretty much the only time I’ll let Ethan have my iPhone):
Ethan: “Mom, can I have your phone in the car?”
Ethan: “Thank you mom. That is SUCH a nice word. I love that word.”
Ethan’s new favorite answer to our requests:
Dad: “Ethan, go potty and put on your shoes so we can go for a walk.”
Ethan: “Aye Aye Dad!”
While walking through the lobby, after washing our hands at the doctor’s office. Ethan has a day-old sticker on his hand.
Ethan: “Mom! You got my sticker wet!”
Mom: “Sorry bud, we had to wash our hands.”
Ethan: “Ugh! Mom, it’s really wet. You are ruining my life.”
The full lobby erupts in laughter.
While sitting in traffic.
Mom: “Common!! Go cars!”
Ethan: “Mom, I have special powers to make traffic go faster.”
Ethan squeezes his eyes closed and raises his hands up. Light turns green, cars so moving.
Ethan: “See??? I told you! I have super powers!”
After showing Ethan how to play a new reading-prep game on the iPad:
Ethan: “Ok Mom, I got it. You can go do the laundry now.”
While at the playground next to some kids with their grandma:
Ethan: “Mom, why do grandmas live in Florida?”
Mom: “Not all grandmas live in Florida, just some.”
Ethan: “Lots. Lots of them live in Florida. Let’s go there.”
Trying to rough-house with his pregnant mom, while standing over me, on the couch:
Ethan: “Mom, I’m going to jump on you, catch me!”
Mom: “Ethan, no way. You will squash the baby.”
Ethan: “Mom, it’s ok. That’s how babies work.”
About anything subject…
Ethan: “Mom/Grandma/Dad, when I was your age…”
On knowing his parents’ strengths:
Ethan: “Mom, I sat on my helicopter and it broke”
Picking up the broken piece:
Mom: “It’s ok buddy, it will still work, we can’t fix that part.”
Ethan: “I’ll ask dad to fix it when he gets home. He’s an engineer.”
While listening to Rixton’s “Me and My Broken Heart” in the car:
Ethan: “Mom, I don’t get it. How did his heart break?”
While practicing writing letters:
Mom: “Wow, what a good letter B! Pretty soon you will be writing all by yourself.”
Ethan: “Yeah, and then I won’t need you anymore!”