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Privacy Window Using Contact Paper

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You can create a sense of privacy without adding shades or curtains to a window. This is a guide about privacy window using contact paper.
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December 12, 2012

I decided that I didn't want to use curtains on our bathroom window so I was trying to find an alternative. I looked at the window films that they sell and didn't like how expensive they were. This idea I saw on Pinterest was much cuter and cheaper. So instead, I purchased a roll of contact paper and cut out shapes that nested together. I did just the lower half of the window to allow light in. The neat part is that clear contact paper actually appears frosted on glass. I absolutely love it!

Total Time: 2-3 hours

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Supplies:

  • 1 roll clear contact paper ($6.99)
  • template
  • scissors
  • window film kit (cutting tool and squeegee), optional ($3.99)
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Steps:

  1. Transfer your template onto a thin piece of cardboard and cut it out. Then trace around the template using a Sharpie onto the backing-side of the contact paper.
  2. Once you have a bunch of them traced, cut them out with scissors.
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  4. Clean your window with glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Allow it to dry completely.
  5. I chose to start applying the shapes in the center of the window. So I measured to find the center, then marked that spot with an eyeliner pencil.
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  7. Peel back part of the paper backing and adhere the contact paper to the window. Then use the squeegee to remove any air bubble as you remove the rest of the paper. NOTE: It is important to get this first shape straight so that all of your other ones line up properly.
  8. Apply the remainder of the shapes, nesting them with the ones next to them.
  9. Most likely you will need to trim the shapes down that are along the edges. I recommend adhering a full shape and then trimming it down. To do this, use the squeegee to adhere the shape up to the edge, then use the cutting tool to carefully trim off the excess where it meets the edge.
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  11. In some areas I could tell that I would only use one half of a shape so I cut it in half before adhering it. That way I didn't risk ruining the other half when cutting it along the window edge.
  12. Now you have a privacy window without spending a lot of money. The best part is that conact paper is repositionable, so you can change the pattern later or just remove it.
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October 17, 20160 found this helpful

That looks fantastic, you did a great job!

I used contact paper on our bathroom window. It has "privacy glass", but it just didn't seem private enough. I just cut the sheet to fit the window. I used one of the opaque "marble" designs. Had I known about this technique, I might have tried it. Oh and there was never a prob with humidity either.

Someone asked what it was like to remove. I didn't use the clear/transluscent, so I don't know if that makes a difference.

I had mine up for years and finally the adhesive started to wear out, it was a very sunny window. At that point it had become brittle. Some parts came off easily in large pieces the rest it "broke" into sticky little bitty pieces and I had to use a razor to scrape.

Aside from that tiny annoyance, it worked great.

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January 9, 20135 found this helpful

This video shows you an inexpensive way to make a window more private by using contact paper. I decided that I didn't want to use curtains on our bathroom window so I was trying to find an alternative. I looked at the window films that they sell and didn't like how expensive they were. So instead, I purchased a roll of contact paper and cut out shapes that nested together. I did just the lower half of the window to allow light in. The neat part is that clear contact paper actually appears frosted on glass. I absolutely love it! View the full project here: Privacy Window Using Contact Paper

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

I did the same with a contact film and it has been up for many years, I was going to spray it with a spray that was going to give me the same look as this but I really like this much better. Glad I ran across this.

Thanks so much!

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