If you are, I would like to introduce you to window film. The weekend Michelle and Jordan moved into their new house, it was essential that some key windows were covered right away. This is a new subdivision and building is going on all around them, which means contractors, and trades are all around them, which means living in a fish bowl is not an option. The front of their house has a 1/2 glass front door with two side lights and two identical windows, one in the hall and one in the powder room...all facing the street. Michelle and Jordan wanted to have the light filtered into the front hall, but desperately needed to have privacy. Having these windows professionally frosted was out of the question. We moved on to plan B, which was to apply decorative window film to each of these windows.
Tools you will need... 1. large flat surface to mark and cut the film 2. a cutting mat to lay on top of flat surface 3. a very long metal straight edge 4. a pencil or pen and ruler 5. an exacto knife with replaceable blades 6. a squeegee 7. cloths to wipe up water drips.
|LEFT: We used Artscape in the Etched Glass pattern. TOP: Be sure to carefully mark your cutting line. |
BOTTOM: Use a very sharp exacto blade and long straight edge to cut the film.
I wanted to leave a 1/2" border between the edge of each window and the film. I did this for three reasons. 1. If you make a slight boo boo while measuring or cutting, it is easily adjusted while affixing the film 2. it adds interest to the overall look and is more professional looking 3. it allows for peeking out the window if necessary.
It is always wise to follow the manufacturer instructions when attempting something for the first time. This procedure requires that you spray the window with a mixture of water and a drop of soap. I recommend that you do this, but do not soak the window as the film will move around too much. It was also helpful when squeegeeing to spray the outside of the film also. It takes a bit of time to work the air bubbles out, but it is well worth the effort to get a glazed look for a fraction on of the cost. The other great advantage to this method is it is completely removable.
The completed front door, side lights and hall window. Easy peasy, economical and provides the necessary privacy while allowing the hall to remain bright. Ingenious!