Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY Window Frosting

We have these small windows that run the height of the front door.
I love it during the day when all the light can stream in.
At night, however, I'm mildly creeped out because you can see RIGHT in the house.
PLUS when we aren't home, I don't people peeking in! 
So I got this grand idea to frost the windows!

I didn't want to ETCH them because seriously that's intense!
so to Google search I went!
I found this happy little spray paint that mimics window frost.
YAY! This was hopefully going to be awesome!
I didn't want to just frost the entire windows,
I wanted a design so it looked 'fancy'!
I had no clue how to attain this...then I thought of my amazing Cricut!
Seriously - if you craft at all, this should definitely be in your arsenal!
I use mine ALL the time!! 
Anyhow, I started looking through my images and found one that we both liked.

First things first - I CLEANED the windows.
I had severe puppy nose art on the bottom two.
see how clearly you can see RIGHT to the street. 
Well at night people can see RIGHT in the house.
Not OK!

I cut out the image on scrap paper to make sure I had the proper size.
THEN I cut it out on my vinyl - you can get this stuff at most craft stores.
After cutting it out, we had to remove all the extra vinyl that wouldn't be used.

I didn't take a picture of this because I couldn't get a good one
We went to the window and marked where each decal should go.
If you ever need to mark measurements on a window, use crayola markers.
They wipe RIGHT off with your finger - like a dry erase board =)

Once the measurements were marked, I used transfer paper on the design.
Side Note: I didn't use transfer paper until like 5 months ago.  
This is something you should use - seriously! 
It makes messing with the sticky vinyl so much easier!

Once the decal is in the right place, I rubbed it down so there weren't bubbles.
I peeled off the transfer paper; it comes off pretty easily.
Ta-da! Vinyl on the window successfully! =) 

Next step - SPRAY the frost on the windows
while it is wet, it seems like you will still be able to see through the window.
This is quite the illusion, because i ASSURE you when it dries, you can't!

The stuff dries in about 5-10 minutes. 
We sprayed 2 coats on the windows just to make sure there was good coverage.
Once it completely dried, we removed the vinyl.

And that is how it is done! 
This was pretty easy and made a HUGE difference!
I'm still getting use to not being able to see out the windows.
I LOVE it though =) 
AND since the bottom pane has the design - the pup can still peek out! yay!

Have you done any DIY lately??
Where do you get your ideas?


Brittany said...

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

This looks great!

Caroline said...

Looks great!

J and A said...

WOW nice work! That's awesome. You are so handy and creative.

Carolyn said...

It looks so good!!

Kristen said...

so cute! good job! thanks for all the tips!

Anonymous said...

Love the frosting and the details! If you haven't done anything with the plant shelves in your home, might I suggest old books?

April Rowell said...

Love it! It looks great!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashley
This looks great! What if you change your mind and no longer want frosted windows? Can you scrape it off?