Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I priced out doing blinds...way to expensive. I attempted to do curtains...just looked weird. So....for the past 8 months I have been using paper towels. Yes. Now you know my dirty little secret :) It worked great! A: It was removable. B: It let in the perfect amount of light. C: It was cheap. D: I could use the paper towels to wash the windows once I took them down. See, so the question is...why NOT use paper towels???
I'm an adult, I'm past elementary school, so why do I care so much about what this little boy thinks???
Well, I figured it was time to change it. I'm sure a lot more people wondered the same thing, it just brought a little boy with no censor to say something about it. I've been wanting to do frosted glass for a while, but didn't want to actually etch the glass.
I've been looking for frosted contact paper for forever for this project, but have yet to find any. Well, I found some, but the pattern reminded me of something from Save By The Bell...very geometric and 80s looking. So, I found some film over at Home Depot for $25 a roll with a really pretty motif. Once I realized it wouldn't line up and I would have to get 2 rolls to make this work, I scratched the idea. Then I started looking for the frosted contact paper again. I thought that maybe they would have some now that the school supplies were out. Like remember the nice pink and green contact paper to cover your books??? I loved that stuff. And I knew it came in frosted clear too. Well, I couldn't find any of it. I found plenty of clear contact paper in the drawer lining aisle, but wasn't sure if clear would work. Then I finally got annoyed with looking and figured I might as well see what clear will do. (this was like a 5 month process mind you :)...that means lots of searching for this non-existent stuff).
I cut a piece of the clear contact paper, put it on my window...and voila! Frosted. Figures. It wasn't until after this that I found a blog saying that clear looks like frosted. I wish I was smart and looked on the internet months and months ago lol. I'm sure my husband would have appreciated it too :) Anyway. You live you learn. At least I figured it out.
On to removing my beautiful window covers and putting up the frosted glass.
First step was to clean the window with Windex... of course using the paper towels too...reduce, reuse recycle :)
Okay. Now to put it on the window. I started from the top, took off the backing about a couple inches down and line up the top and sides to the window.
If you go sideways, there's a potential for getting a crease. Just go down, move the bubbles down where you are pulling the backing off and it should turn out pretty good :)
Keep doing this down the whole window, pulling of the backing every couple of inches. Don't pull it off all at once, you'll get yourself into a heap of trouble and annoyance.
Then cut at the bottom when it's all done.
I can't tell you how much better this is lol. I mean, compare this to paper towels and you'll totally understand :) It lets in the light, but skews everything else. You can only make out light sources when looking through it, even at night. It's the most wonderful thing in the world.
The roll only cost me $5. I was able to do two huge sidelights and have plenty left over....maybe I should go cover some of my books now ....just kidding ;)
I'll try to upload a night time picture if I ever remember to take one :)