DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to do a faux stained glass treatment on our sliding barn door in the studio forever, and was totally chicken to go for it. But I just dove in and tried it and good news! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. It’s such a cool way to update glass, mirrors, windows — anything that wants a little color. And it’s temporary, so you apartment dwellers can get in on the action too. It’s a pretty, colorful DIY that’ll make you feel like a total professional.


  • glass window, door, or mirror
  • colored window film (we got ours here, ordered by the foot)
  • squeegee
  • spray bottle
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • hard straight edge tool, like a scraper or similar
  • razor blade
  • paper towels

Make Time: 15 Minutes per color panel

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Note: We deviate slightly from the instructions on the site where we purchased the color window film. Trial and error led us to this method; be sure to review their instructions as well!

Step 1: Mix up your spray solution. Add one tablespoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle and fill with water. Clean all of your glass surfaces completely.

Step 2: Carefully peel off the clear liner from your window film. Spray the side of the colored film from which you just removed the liner.

Step 3: Place the wet side of the film onto your glass. Slide into place as best you can; it’s easiest to line up at a corner if you have one.

Step 4: Spray the film again so that the squeegee will slide across the surface. Squeegee the film to start adhering it to the glass and working any bubbles out.

Step 5: Use your straight edge tool to press the film into the corners of your glass or window. Once you’ve got it pressed into the corners, take your razor and slide it along the straight edge of the tool. Work the tool and the razor all the way along the edge of your glass until all of the excess film is cut away. Note: Be careful not to let the film slide around as you are squeegeeing and cutting.

Step 6: Spray the film again and squeegee again. Use the straight edge tool if needed, to work any bubbles out. Take your paper towel and press outward along all edges to be sure that they are adhered, and to soak up excess spray solution.

I am so pumped on this colorful update! It’s still a bit surprising every time I look over at the studio door, but I love the blast of color. And I’m also still so pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. I’ll keep you updated on how the window film wears after some time – so far so good! xoxo

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

  1. Kristina Wing Plattner on said:

    Love this! Love. Where did you get your door and top rail?

      • Kristina on said:

        Thank you. I want to put a barn door up and I love how modern this look is! I love it. Fabulous job, as usual!

        • chelsea on said:

          Awesome! Let me know if you guys end up doing it!

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  4. Kathleen on said:

    This is SO great. You did an amazing job – the colours are perfect!

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thank you for the sweet words!! It was so fun to create! xo

  5. erica on said:

    what colors did you guys use? this is seriously PERFECTION.

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Erica! The colors we used were Peach, Salmon, Flamingo Pink, Light Aqua, and Amber (all from the site we linked to in the post). So glad you like it! xo

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  7. Robert on said:

    I have seen these door allot but never this different color glass. This is an amazing touch.

    • Lovely Indeed on said:

      Thank you Robert!