DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM. Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom. Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn't noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we'd purchased it and spent our first night living here. I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock. My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would. Now after living here for over a year I'm done with it… I want privacy!
This week, my husband's away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home. I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film. There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it's not sticky so it's ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here's how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):
- Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles. I had a friend who recommended that it's best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it's in place.
- I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
- Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap. Spray the window pane with water from the bottle. Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
- Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you're happy with the placement.
- At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier. I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
- Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
- Wipe off any excess water
- Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.