While the rain obscures the view a bit, it is not hard to see the problem with our bathroom window. Team, that is our neighbor’s FRONT porch (a front/side porch, thanks so much 1950s houses…), which they hang out on frequently. While the privacy fence is great for giving the yard, well, privacy, it fails us miserably in the window department. For the year that we’ve lived here, our solution for the windows on this entire side of the house has been to keep blinds or curtains drawn 100% of the time. Boo.
As we’ve been slowly finishing up our bathroom renovation, Mr. P and I have been forming a plan for this here fella. We both really hate the plastic draw shades that were on every window when we moved in, so initially we planned to do some kind of curtain. With our bathroom-neighbor’s-porch situation, though, we wanted something that could guarantee privacy. With the exception of black out curtains, many panels are thin enough to appear sheer when drawn over a lit room in the evening. Enter: Valspar Glass Frosting Paint.
Frosting paint comes in a can, just like spray paint, and is fairly easy to apply. We taped off the window frame with painters tape and in even, gentle strokes, applied the spray from roughly 10 inches away. We ended up applying 3 coats or so. The fumes were pretty strong, so we ended up cracking nearby windows and putting a fan in the bathroom to help with ventilation (while we played outside). The end product looked like this:
I am in love. This is one of those why didn’t we do this sooner projects. Now every time I walk past the bathroom, I grin a bit. Total transformation just by having more light.
Pros: We didn’t remotely use the whole container, and at $5 a can, you can’t beat the price. Application was fairly easy and quick. The end product provides excellent privacy.
Cons: It was a challenge to keep the window from looking streaky. If I do anymore windows in the future, I will opt for standing further away while spraying and doing lighter (and more) coats.
With the exception of a few streaks, I love it! Having this window frosted is a dream. We have no curtain/shade situation at all for the time being and it’s lovely. The small bathroom feels bigger and 10 times brighter. We tested the privacy by Mr. P standing in front of the window at night while I stood outside; I couldn’t even tell he was in the bathroom. WIN! That alone makes this a tempting solution for the bedroom windows on this side of the house.
If you’re considering this project, another option is to use frosting film. This eliminates the streak problem, though it is about 4 times the price and a touch more work. This is what Sherry and John did over at Young House Love. *Insert moment of silence for their blog.*
Have you ever frosted a window? Which method did you use?
Come back around soon! I have some fun updates to share with you! (Hint: it has something to do with our front yard getting a face lift.)