Privacy Window with Frosty Contact Paper
Raise your hand if you love natural Lighting? I sure do!
The front door of our home has two small windows on the side and a big window at the top. DIY Roman Shades have covered these windows for a while. The roman shades were a dark red color that doesn’t really allow any natural light in the house. I wanted to remove them but did not want to leave it bare for a lack of privacy. I thought long and hard about what can provide us both privacy and natural lighting… Privacy Screening!
There are so many choices of privacy screening film to choose from. Instead of just choosing one and covering the entire window, I wanted to do something different.
A Moroccan Pattern with Frosty Con-Tact Adhesive Paper
This week’s project consists of doing a privacy window with Frosty Con-Tact Paper in a Moroccan style pattern. Simple and inexpensive solution for a bare window but it is a bit time-consuming.
The materials needed for this project are Frosty Con-Tact Paper, Scissors, Razor (or xacto knife), “7th House on the Left’s” Moroccan style design, writing utensil (pencil, pen, and/or marker), level, lint free towel, squeegee, and PATIENCE!
I bought a frosty designed Con-Tact paper. This actually happened by accident (I meant to pick the plain frosty contact paper) but it worked out well. The Con-Tact paper was about $8 at Home Depot.
First, I measured the two small windows on the side of the front door that I wanted to complete.
Next, I downloaded the Moroccan styled shape from the blog, 7th House on the Left and printed it out on cardstock paper (I wanted a thicker paper). I cut out the shape and started tracing it on the back of the Con-Tact paper with a pencil.
Then, after tracing the shaped template on the back of the Con-Tact paper, I cut them out (cut more pieces than needed). I love this shape because it doesn’t waste any space!
Now we’re ready to start this project!
- Clean your window with glass cleaner and a lint free cloth (or newspaper) and let it dry.
- Measure the window again and find the center. Once found, make a small mark (with an erasable marker). Apply the first shape in the center of the window.
- Make sure you level the shape as you’re adding it to the window so that all the other shapes line up correctly.
- As you’re applying each shape, continue to clean the window and use a squeegee to gently press the Con-Tact paper removing any air bubbles.
- If it’s a big one, you can half-way remove the Con-Tact paper and add it back on, removing the air bubble.
- For the edges of the window, you will have to trim the shape to fit. Add the full shape and cut it on the edge with a razor or xacto knife. Make sure you don’t cut your fingers or mark the window.
- Repeat until the entire window is complete.
I completed this project on the two small side windows and spray painted a similar design on the top window.
I love it because it adds privacy but still lets in plenty of natural light from the outside. It also makes a nice pattern on the wall during the day and looks beautiful at night.