Jan 30, 2012
Things are off and rolling with home improvements. Furniture shopping has been challenging thus far so I have been excited to make some easy and affordable changes. I have seen simple contact paper used to frost windows and doors to add subtle privacy. The master bathroom is sandwiched between the master bedroom and the sunroom. This different layout paired with glass paned doors, while gorgeous, create a privacy issue. When we moved in, the doors and window in the bathroom featured sheer, floral embossed curtains hung with tension and mounted curtain rods.
The treatments were not horrible, but once I had the idea and vision of frosting the glass I knew it would look so much better! I purchased three rolls of basic contact paper. I measured each pane and cut the contact paper to size. I researched the best way to apply the paper and decided on this method. Clean and dry the glass, spray a coat of window cleaner evenly, peel off contact paper backing, and apply to glass. The cleaner allows more control of paper placement. Position paper and then use a pot scraper to ease out the bubbles.
This method did not work on the first attempt...or the second. It was time consuming, frustrating, and while trying to remove bubbles, my scraper was causing streaks in the paper. It looked horrible!
I took a break and expanded my research to look for application instructions from more professional window film products. I found this review on Amazon that offered a different method using dish soap and a shower glass squeegee. The process was very similar, only dish soap and water was used rather than window cleaner. It worked perfectly and the application of all 32 glass panes was not as intimidating. Because the window film is in a bathroom, I applied the paper to the outside of the glass doors to avoid any possible problems due to shower steam. The window film was applied inside, but so far steam has not altered the application or appearance.
The project was time consuming and tedious, but well worth the work! I love the subtle privacy it offers. Removing the curtains makes the bathroom look more open and airy and I also really enjoy seeing the architecture of the doors and windows. I hope this inspires you to make a small and affordable change to your space!