Easy DIY Frosted Window for Privacy (Temporary)
I’ve always had this creepy feeling about my master bathroom… The room itself is tiny and it is the only bathroom I’ve ever in any home I’ve ever owned in that has window. Wait, let me take that back. One bathroom had a window made of a whole bunch of coke bottle glass blocks but there was no seeing through that stuff for anything in the world…
So I’ve hated this window in my bathroom except when I’m putting on my makeup. Then I think it’s pretty nifty. But under normal circumstances, like, say, I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? I get creeped out. Are the blinds in such a way that someone could stand right on my porch and peep in? (Like somebody doesn’t have anything better to do between the hours of 2 – 4 am)
But then one day on Amazon I saw this stuff. It’s basically window film that sticks to a window much like contact paper and makes it go from see through and normal, to not so see through and a lot more private. Since the stuff was right about $7 a roll with free 2 day shipping (Amazon Prime, baby!) I tossed it in my cart and checked out without a second thought. Yup, one easy DIY frosted window coming right up.
Now here is my window before. It’s not a huge window but it’s enough for an imaginary peeping tom to get an eyeful. And, yeah, my window is dirty… window washing is one of my least favorite things in the world. Just behind folding laundry. And doing dishes. Don’t judge.
I measured out the window with my tape measure and cut my piece of vinyl about a quarter of an inch too big all around. I started in the corner and overlapped the film onto the window frame.
I used an old card to help push the bubbles out as I went along.
And I just kept going…
Rather than trying to trim up the vinyl I decided to shove the small bit of overlap into the frame. Now I didn’t have any problems doing this because my windows are 20 some odd years old. If you have a newer window, you may not want to do this, though.
And there it is. Now I went so, so carefully around to eliminate bubbles, but look up at that dang thing. As it turns out the bubbles came in because I applied when the window was really, really cold (it was our coldest day into the fall in the 40s or 50s, I don’t really keep track). So try to time this little project for when you have nice, moderate temperatures and when the sun isn’t beating down on the glass.
It’s amazing how much more private my little bathroom feels due to a roll of $7 vinyl. To be honest, I’ve been expecting that my best option was to have the window replaced. Silly me! This is a pretty awesome little project if you’re hoping to keep prying eyes out either on a budget or in a rental. Will you be thwarting peeping toms with this adhesive frosted glass vinyl?