Therese Given
Therese Given
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DIY Custom Sidelights Using Frosted Vinyl


I've been debating what to do with my sidelights since I moved into our house. Wanting to keep some degree of privacy while letting in light was my goal. Here's what I came up with using frosted vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.
First, select a pattern. I found mine in the Silhouette store. (additional supplies listed on blog)
First, select a pattern. I found mine in the Silhouette store. (additional supplies listed on blog)
Cut and weed out vinyl from negative space. *Video on how to create cutting file on my blog*
Cut and weed out vinyl from negative space. *Video on how to create cutting file on my blog*
Next, apply transfer tape to design. This allows you to keep design while exposing sticky side of vinyl.
Next, apply transfer tape to design. This allows you to keep design while exposing sticky side of vinyl.
Use painters tape to create a hinge and hang in place. Rub thoroughly to ensure vinyl will stick to transfer tape. Remove backing to expose sticky side.
Use painters tape to create a hinge and hang in place. Rub thoroughly to ensure vinyl will stick to transfer tape. Remove backing to expose sticky side.
Spray window with solution of water with drop of dish soap.
Lay design into place. Starting from the inside out, rub firmly with pan scraper or credit card. This will remove air bubbles and extra water. Have towel handy to wipe water.
Spray window with solution of water with drop of dish soap. Lay design into place. Starting from the inside out, rub firmly with pan scraper or credit card. This will remove air bubbles and extra water. Have towel handy to wipe water.
When all the water seems to be removed, let sit overnight to fully dry and adhere vinyl.
When all the water seems to be removed, let sit overnight to fully dry and adhere vinyl.
Peel off the transfer tape. Lastly, stand back and admire your new sidelights.
Peel off the transfer tape. Lastly, stand back and admire your new sidelights.
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  • Helensiegel
    on Mar 5, 2017

    How do I re finish the tops of old cherry and mahogany furniture over 100 years old...do I sand and paint or what. I tried the sticks but they don't work goog Please help as I have all mohogany furniture...

    • Linda Floyd Hudson
      on Aug 9, 2018

      Don’t do it! You lose the value of your antique furniture!

    • Judy Heiss
      on Nov 29, 2018

      I would contact an antique dealer for advice. They do care about the antiques and hate to see anything done to ruin them.


      I used TUNG OIL (Chinese item) on my grandmother's antique rocking chair. It brings out the true color of the furniture without doing any damage. But then I will never get rid of the rocker and as soon as I can get the companion rocker I'm going to do that piece.

    • Pinkystarfish
      on Jan 16, 2019

      Try Briwax. It comes in different colors and can be used to mask imperfections in antique furniture without stripping it. I used it on an old radio cabinet and it lessened the appearance of scratches, etc. while bringing out the luster of the finish. Just clean the piece, then wax as directed.

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