Although the glass is cracked, I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away a glass cabinet door that I have. Let’s be honest, I used to throw everything away. I mean EVERYTHING! If my husband couldn’t find something he was looking for, he always assumed I threw it away. And most of the time he was right.
But recently, I have found a new love in giving new life to what was once thought to be lifeless. This glass cabinet door came from an old china cabinet that was literally falling apart. My husband and I took the doors off and turned the once china cabinet into a beautiful potting hutch.
The cabinet doors had lead glass in them and even though one was cracked, it was just too beautiful to throw away. The thought that someone stored their beautiful china to be displayed through these doors made me want to repurpose them to continue their life.
A few weeks ago, I purchased a Thankful galvanized metal wall art sign at Hobby Lobby for another project that I plan to share with you all soon. It fit perfectly on the glass and I thought it would be a great idea to transfer it there somehow because I loved the typography of it.
This is how I did it:
Glass window or cabinet door
Stencil (I couldn’t find the exact Thankful sign I used online, but this one is very similar). If you don’t have a stencil or sign to trace, you can print letters from a Word program and cut them out to use as stencils.
1. Clean your glass. I used windex and a paper towel. Let it dry completely.
2. Place a stencil on your glass and make sure it is straight. Once straight, place a few pieces of tape on it to keep it in place. I have the metal Thankful sign placed on my glass in the picture below.
3. Take a fine tip Sharpie and trace around the stencil. Then remove the stencil from the glass.
4. Use a small paint brush and and start filling in the letters with black paint. I found it easiest to start on the outer edges of the letters and pull the paint in to the center. Don’t stress over perfection. The imperfection adds character.
5. Apply a second coat, if needed. As you can see in the pic below, one coat did not completely cover. I used 2 coats for the completed look.
And this is how it turned out. I think the crack and imperfectly painted letters add to the character.
This was probably one of the easiest and cheapest DIYs that I have done. The painting is a little tedious and time consuming, but not hard. You can personalize this however you’d like by changing up the saying and paint color as you desire. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!