Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Before & After: Instant Privacy

Since we've moved into our new house, we've had to endure a lot of changes. One of those changes include new neighbors. We've got great ones, ones that have brought over housewarming presents (yes, really!) as well as muffins and treats for the kids, I can't complain.

But we also live in a small town, which means everybody knows your business. Not that I have anything to hide, but I appreciate some privacy, without losing the light (originally there was a homemade curtain there.) Thanks to Sarah and Allison, I too, wanted to "frost" up my kitchen door window using as little money as possible.

Before, the neighbors had a great view into the hub of our home, the kitchen:

With some pointers from the DIY gals (and a few tools) I was able to get that privacy for about $5. Yes!

All I purchased was clear contact paper, cut the paper to size, sprayed the window with glass cleaner (to move it around) used a grocery card to get the bubbles out and voila, instant privacy!

Yes, looks like something under a microscope...

I'm linking up to Sarah's Before & After party and Allison's Hookin' Up with HOH, join the fun!


  1. We used something like that in our front door side window:-) Easier to hide from people when they come knocking and trying to sell you solar panels or new windows ha!

  2. What a good idea! I'm pinning it for future reference!

  3. Awesome idea and so simple! I had a window in my SHOWER, in my last home....who thought this was a good idea??? That would have been a perfect fix!

  4. I've been wanting to do the same thing but the clear films that are made for windows that they sell in Home Depot are expensive. I never knew that they made clear contact paper! Thanks so much for sharing because I'm adding this to the must do list!

  5. Wow...that looks amazing. I have a window I want to do it to, too!


  6. Great tip - thanks! I've seen the frosted films for windows but the contact paper is so much cheaper! We've got out powder room right next to the front door and with a window in it -- hello!

  7. Hi Suzanne,

    I finally got around to doing my kitchen door glass and it looks amazing! Thanks so much for providing this tutorial and giving great advice on how to achieve maximum privacy all for under $6.00. I will do a post soon and I will be sure to send my readers to you for the how to! Thanks Again!

  8. Hi to "Scott's Crib!" You're welcome! Happy to help and can't wait to see your results! :)

  9. Thank you for following Sweet Zen Life. I am now following you and will deffintly visit often. I love your site.

  10. Cool! I so need to do this to the windows besides my front door. Thanks for the tip! Stopping in from SITS!

  11. Great and easy idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Visiting from SITS sharefest.

  12. awesome idea- so spray the glass with windex, then after contacting the paper, and pushing the bubbles out, it will still stick?

    1. Hey Katie! Yes, it will still stick, but the glass cleaner will allow you to move it around until you get it exactly where you want it!


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