Many months back Mr. Byrd removed the glass doors to the entertainment center. They were perfectly good and I couldn’t part with them. Since then I’ve moved them place to place around the house as he finds them and threatens to throw them away. But this week I knew it was finally time to get them out and do something awesome like make a silhouette on glass using window film.
Why use window film to make this project? Mainly because it was easier to me to cut out the shape of the deer head rather than make a reverse stencil so I could use glass etching cream. Also because glass etching is permanent. I used window film because I can eventually remove it and have a clean glass slate to start over again.
I’ve also painted silhouettes before with great results but wanted to try out a different method.
The project was pretty easy but not without hiccups. One of the reason I loved the doors to the media cabinet was because the stain of the wood. Our kitchen table is the same stain and I like the color a lot. However when I pulled the cabinet door out from under our bed I found that our guinea pig had chewed on it! Good thing he’s cute and will come when his name is called or he’d be a pig in a blanket right now.
To start I took off the hinges and the door knob. Then I sanded the edges (on the right side) where he had chewed on the wood. I also filled in the hole left from the knob with a little bit of wood putty.
At that point it was obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to stick with the natural stained wood look so I did a messy chippy paint distressing job. It’s so much fun to distress and tear something apart every now and then.
While the paint was drying I set to work drawing the silhouette. I used window film from Blinds.com which has a paper backing which is easy to draw on. I freehand sketched a deer head on to the back of the window film.
If you’re not good at drawing freehand then you can print out your silhouette, cut it out and trace around it onto the back of the window film.
Remember that whatever you’re putting on the back will be a mirror image. It will apply facing the opposite direction.
Next I laid it out with the paper backing still on to check the size and position.
Finally I followed the directions on the window film to apply to deer head to the glass.
It was really simple to do but looks amazing.
If you have white walls you can place fabric on the backside of the glass to give the silhouette a pop. If you have colored walls than the deer should stand out and look amazing.
What do you think? Would you be willing to give this project a try?
Thanks to Blinds.com who sent me window film to help me achieve this craft.