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Home Improvement - Frugal and Faux Etched Leaded Glass and Stained Clings for Doors and Windows

Updated on September 24, 2014

Home improvement can be pricey. One of the most expensive home improvement projects is stained glass. Additionally, stained glass is not an improvement actively returns your investment. Unlike other home improvements such as insulation and bathroom additions and remodels and kitchen remodels the dollars spent on decorative arts is often not returned to the homeowner. Decorative items such as curb appeal always pay because they increase the demand of your home simply by generating more walkthroughs.

Most of us are aware of the window clings but if you are like me, I associate window clings with holiday decorations. I never considered a window cling a permanent home improvement (actually semi-permanent, they can readily be removed and replaced).

Window Film / Cling

Window Film Lady Applying the Window Cling to the Mirror
Window Film Lady Applying the Window Cling to the Mirror | Source

The Joy of Window Clings

Window clings are better than old fashion stick ons. As the name suggests, window clings are easy to apply and easy to remove.

You can buy a pattern already created and planned or you can create your own design. The video shows how to copy your pattern to the window cling material.

Why Use Window Cling?

Why use window clings?

Exterior Privacy

One great application is entrance doors and bathrooms. Rooms that demand privacy but you wish to retain the incoming light.

Etched Glass

I always enjoyed the graceful designed that etched glass offered and yet I didn't really want to invest my time in learning how to etch the glass.  Additionally, etching glass is a permanent item that is irreversible.  Window clings are better - they allow you look and feel and function without the mess of the real etched glass and without the permanent commitment.

My Favorite Application

My favorite application for the inexpensive window clings is the front door side light (sample photo is given below).  Side light windows may be small but they are pricey for covering with drapery or blinds.  Yet the front door needs privacy and many front foyers need the added natural light provided by the side light glass panes.  

With curtain and blinds, even if you can get past the price point, the preservation of the natural light on the interior side is often hard to retain - you have all or nothing.  How do you preserve the incoming light without spending a bundle? Window clings offer the perfect solution.

Interior Privacy

Blocking an exterior visual from the inside is another practical application that you can upgrade by using the window cling. Examples might be a neighbors house or...

Simple and Affordable Design and Practicality

Window clings are simple and affordable designs that can fit most any architecture. Add charm to a Victorian home with the faux leaded glass at the front door. Add privacy to a bathroom with out the clutter of curtains. Or add a touch of romance to a bedroom window with the added design of the window cling in a classic faux leaded glass design. Whatever your choice, the best thing, is they cling! You can take them with you to your next home or change them out as your mood or the season change.

Design Options

As illustrated below, the design options are only limited by your own imagination. Choose the design of your dreams and buy online at Amazon today.

Window Cling for Sidelight

Sidelight with Window Cling to Provide the Illusion of Stained Glass
Sidelight with Window Cling to Provide the Illusion of Stained Glass | Source

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Little Things Count Allot

Home improvement is in the details.  Little things can count allot.  The front curb appeal is a money maker - do spend time on elevating the curb appeal of your home to the highest standard possible.  Consider adding the window clings to your exterior side light or exterior glass door.  Buy online today and see your new designs complete in under a week.  Quick, simply  and affordable - window clings are an option every home owner should consider.

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    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I love these clings - for the front doors, bathroom doors, apartments. They make allot of sense. Home Depot I see now has them on one of the end caps. What a great option to window coverings and the expensive real stained glass.

    • NiaG profile image


      7 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Awesome video! Thanks so much.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Thank you for stopping by.


      The amazon links I believe add allot of value - what is it and where can I buy it and what price points are available. The Amazon links are updated by the computer. I love the magic of the Internet.

      I wish we had Home Depot capsules. Home Depot now carries these and also JC Penneys.

      Thank you for your accolades! Very much appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      Great job! Lots of good links also to Amazon!

    • jeremytorres profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.


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