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The best way to Simply Make Home windows Non-public With Contact Paper | Thrifty Decor Chick


Low cost and straightforward hack to frost a window for privateness.

You do not want costly privateness movies to cowl your doorways or home windows! This straightforward answer is cheap and offers you prompt privateness. 

This DIY is so easy and low-cost, and helps with an annoying privateness downside that will be costly or messy to repair in any other case. I’ve truly shared this “hack” earlier than (a looong time in the past), nevertheless it’s one which’s value sharing once more!

I’ve used this for frosting glass on glass doorways and inside home windows and it’s a nice, cheap answer. Plus, it is simply eliminated if you happen to ever change your thoughts. 

You may simply do that to any flat glass floor with only a few instruments and a bit time.

The primary time I did this was on our glass pantry door ten years in the past:

black glass paned pantry door
A couple of useful readers instructed me about this trick endlessly in the past. Who knew clear contact paper is the simplest and most cost-effective strategy to make a window non-public? I used to be so pleasantly stunned when this truly labored! 
Navy blue wallpaper white board and batten

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Ha! Simply…not the perfect. I’ve all the time felt for our friends particularly. 😝

I do not know what took me so lengthy, however I lastly did this non-public window trick once more and it labored like a allure.

Now there are just a few methods to do that, however I promise you that is the simplest. You should purchase frosted window movie, however these choices are extra pricey. It’s also possible to use a frosted glass spray paint, however that is messy — it’s a must to fear about overspray and fumes…and it will not maintain up properly over time on a window or door that will get lots of use.

It’s also possible to use a glass etching cream to do that completely, however I might solely strive that in excessive instances. 


For this DIY technique of frosting glass, you will want clear matte Contact paper:

clear matte contact paper for privacy

Nothing fancy! It would look utterly clear on the paper backing, however as you may see, it is truly not utterly clear.

To do that straightforward DIY venture, you will simply want a sprig bottle with water, scissors and a few strategy to push out the bubbles. 

Earlier than you begin, give the window a very good cleansing with glass cleaner and a lint-free fabric.

As a result of this paper is not extensive sufficient for the window, I lower the items within the measurement of the window panes. It’s also possible to lower them in strips, which is how I did it on the window in our previous lavatory. 

The useful grid on the paper makes it straightforward to chop straight strains. You actually do not should be precise with it, particularly for a window. 

Douse the window with loads of water, then unfold the contact paper over the floor of the glass. The water is a should — it makes it straightforward to maneuver so you will get it simply the way you need it. 

You will have TONS of bubbles, however they may push proper out! I all the time use these pan scrapers, however a debit card or squeegee will work as properly. You simply want one thing with a clean aspect to push the air bubbles out of the edges. (I go away some area round every bit so I can try this.)  

This time, the vinyl seemed like this a day or so after I put in it: 

contact paper on windows

However these marks will disappear over just a few days. They nearly seem like bubbles, however aren’t. So do not freak out if it would not look good instantly.

UPDATE: That is how the window seems years later…the contact paper remains to be in good situation: 

contact paper frosting on window

I solely positioned it on the underside a part of the window. You won’t be able to see by it — the whole lot will probably be blurry. Once I did this final time I assumed it will trouble us not with the ability to see out, nevertheless it by no means did. 

You may’t management the opacity of the window like you may with different DIY choices, however I’ve by no means discovered it essential to do extra anyway. 

This is a take a look at the completed window from the skin: 

DIY private window frosting

As you may see, we will nonetheless see clearly out of the highest of the window.

Additionally, if you happen to stand proper up on it like I’m above (I am leaning in opposition to the window) I am blurred however not overly so. However if you happen to’re simply inches away you may’t see by almost as properly.

At evening with a lightweight on you will see motion however not particular…elements. 🙂 

I took a pic of our son standing away from the window barely and could not see him in any respect. I assumed he had moved away earlier than I may take the photograph: 

make a bathroom window private for cheap

I additionally love that you simply actually cannot inform half of the window is roofed from the skin. I am contemplating doing this on another lavatory home windows as properly.

This is the way it seems from the within: 

cheap frosted bathroom window

You may actually see the impact right here with the inexperienced bushes above and under. 

I hear you may even discover this contact paper on the greenback retailer! (Simply examine to be sure you’ll have sufficient in your venture.) There are window privateness movies that work as properly, however the bigger sizes get dearer. 

This contact paper technique can also be simply cleaned as a result of you do not have to child it. I spray the contact paper with glass cleaner and wipe like the remainder of the home windows. 

There are such a lot of locations this straightforward window movie could be helpful!

  • In case you have sidelights by your entrance door or home windows in your door and wish privateness, that is simpler and than curtains by the door.
  • You need to use this movie alongside the underside half of bed room or front room home windows to permit gentle in however add some privateness. 
  • It is a GREAT choice for renters. Simply peel it off if you’re performed. 
  • This might even be used on glass bathe doorways, simply you should definitely place it on the outdoors of the doorways. 

I can whip this fast venture out in ten minutes and a complete roll is only a few bucks — one roll will cowl a complete door or a number of home windows simply. Have you ever ever tried this straightforward non-public frosted window trick? 

P.S. You may see the powder room refresh I did a few years in the past right here: 

blue floral wallpaper in bathroom

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