Updated: Jul 13, 2020
Window coverings in any home can be quite expensive and hard to chose. We moved into our new home in September 2019 and decided to use curtains in most of our spaces, as they're typically cheaper than blinds and they don't need to be custom. Eventually we would also love to add blinds to our windows and I will touch more on that on a different blog post. That being said, curtains and/or blinds are not always possible or the best option for certain spaces (ie: front windows, doors, etc...) Everything comes down to personal preference and in today's blog post I will show you how we finally frosted our front window and why we love it.
In our entrance we have a sidelite, which is a narrow, vertical window positioned on either side of an entry door. This window is great for letting in sunlight, but privacy is definitely an issue.
What You Will Need
Rustoleum Frosted Glass Spray
Soap and water
Painters tape (any size you want depending on design)
Mask (optional. Spray is very strong)
The main product we used to complete this project is Rustoleum Frosted Glass Spray Paint. This product is available at many different places such as; Lowe's, Homedepot, Amazon, Canadian tire, and many other hardware type stores. It is around $10 CAD, so even less in the US.
Prep the Window
Preparation is the first crucial step in any project. First and foremost you must wash the window thoroughly with soap and water or windex and then you must completely allow it to dry. Once this step is completed, you need to decide what kind of design yo'd like to go.
We wanted a very sleek and simple look, but we didn't want one solid frosted window. We looked up different designs on pinterest and began by taping out the design we liked. I suggest using a level for this step, because it can seem straight to the eye but getting the tape on perfectly level is key to it looking professional.
Once the window is prepped to your satisfaction, you can now begin spraying. This product is very similar to any standard spray paint and recommends to hold the can 8-10 inches away from the surface and do a thin, even coat while moving the can in a sweeping motion from side to side.
It is recommended that you allow 10-20 minutes between coats to allow time to dry. You can chose however many coats to do, depending on the opacity you would like. We did 3 coats, so the window is very frosted but the light still fully comes through, which is exactly what we were going for.
Voila - the after photos! Don't mind our unpainted door, that is a project we are tackling this weekend! We love the way the window turned out, especially for only $10. I think the only thing that I would've done differently (and might still change) is the border around the window. Because the tape was fairly thick, I would've preferred having no border and just the two lines breaking up the window.
Overall, I would say this project was a 2/10 difficulty and the reason I gave it a two is because when you originally spray it on it doesn't seem even, so we made the mistake of adding more to certain spots and then causing some drip marks which we had to wipe off (it was a struggle). That being said, my biggest takeaway from this project is to just spray your first coat on and leave it be, give it that 10 minutes to dry and come back because it dries way nicer than when you first apply it. Below is a photo from an awesome follower who tried this since I shared it on instagram.
I hope you guys enjoyed my first DIY tutorial and will be back for more. Follow me on instagram @lhsdecor for more live updates.
All the best,