But then, I felt like a sham, because the patio door transformation is not crafty in any way. So then I made a Wire Bracelet for We Did It Wednesday, and instead, am going to the Transformation Thursday party with my doors over at The Shabby Chic Cottage!
One of my 2011 Home Goals was to replace the nasty, broken
Turns out, I am not the only one in love with a little privacy/blurring on the great glass doors. Sherry and John over at Young House Love covered their laundry room door in Frosty the Side Door, and Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick covered her pantry door in clear contact paper in Before and After Party: A Private Pantry. I considered the contact paper, because I already have three rolls, but since the doors look right into our bedroom, I stuck with the frosted. Wait, what? Yes, the FRONT doors look right into our bedroom. One of these days, I will make up the floor plan, so it makes sense. Or at least sort of makes sense.
So here is the story:
I started with this: (It was cold the night that I took the before pictures- even in Hawaii - and we have tile floors. So we busted out the dogs' camping fleeces :-) I made those myself.) On the left is looking in from the outside. On the right is looking out from the inside.
I started with these tools, and a pair of scissors:
First things first! Clean the windows well. Anything left behind will stay behind and leave a shadow through the film. Therefore, it will look crummy no matter what you do. Also, clean the outside of the window, to make the before and after look super dramatic. If you skip the outside clean, that's ok. You can clean it later. But CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOW. Also pay special attention to the corners of the window. Use a flat razor blade to scrape off any paint stuck to the window, or loose grim/paint in the corners or up against the frame.
After you measure and precut your pieces (I left about 1 inch extra in each direction to trim the piece once on the window), and have cleaned the windows, you are ready! To get the film off its backing, you can put a piece of scotch tape on both at the corner, press the tape together, and then pull them apart. The theory is that the films will stick to the tape rather than each other. In practice, sometimes this takes a try or two. Before you start to pull the film off the backing, spray the window and the film with the spray solution. IMPORTANT: Spray after the first little tug with the tape (otherwise the tape won't stick if you spray before). Once you have sprayed, go ahead and peel the film off the backing. Then spray the sticky side of the film and place the film (sticky side down) on the inside of the window, like so:
Frosty the Side Door they had problems getting the bubbles out because it was so cold outside. They went back and redid the film with more solution, and that seemed to solve the problem. Other things the solution helps to control is the static cling of the film. If you don't use the solution, the film tends to curl around and get stuck on itself. Not impossible to get apart, just nearly impossible to get apart without creasing the film. Which later shows up on the window. I started to run low on solution, so cheaped out and stopped spraying the backing side when I was pulling them apart. Seemed to work ok.
Once the film is up on the window, you have to trim off any excess. I used the kit's cutting tool. It took me about half a door to realize that it works way better if you hold the cutter perpendicular to the GLASS! Like so:
Anyway, repeat the above steps until you've finished the door/window, or whatever you need to cover for privacy. (If you have a multi-paned door like I do, I recommend picking up an extra cutting tool in the form of a box cutter or razor. My cutting tool ran out of steam about halfway through the second door and I had to bust out a kitchen paring knife. And some swearing.) Repeat and repeat and VOILA!
Oh, so the total cost of this project was $21.97 for the window film and $9.97 for the application kit, plus tax and a little bit of my sanity, but all in all, a fair price to pay for a little bit of privacy.
BTW, Gila didn't perk me to post. Just happened that way :-)