How to "put a dress on a pig" of a windowed door

I have a standard 9 small windows 6-1/2"X11 door in my kitchen/dining room looking out to a horrible storage room/shed. I certainly could put a curtain over the window area, but am hoping for ideas less mainstream. I had thought to print photos and use it as a picture frame, but closest I can do is 8x10. Will welcome any and all suggestions for this pig's dress. Thank you
q how to put a dress on a pig of a windowed door, crafts, doors, window treatments, windows
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  • Sherrie Sherrie on Aug 21, 2016
    I have the same door I would like to know also.
  • Leon Leon on Aug 21, 2016
    You could get glass frost and do a design or go for a stained glass look hides the outside while still letting in light
  • Dla9584163 Dla9584163 on Aug 21, 2016
    I have same front door without the window dividers. I bought product at Michaels called Gallery Glass. It comes in colors but also clear color. You squirt it right onto the glass, which will be white until it dries translucent. You are creating a stained glass effect. My front door is a mural-like with vines and flowers so when the sun shines through in the early morning its really pretty. I have also done it on one of my bedroom windows for privacy as it looks into a neighbors yard as well as my bathroom window which looks out into backyard. There is technique for squirting that gives you different end results of stained glass look so you can experiment on the glass with small sections before deciding what you like because the beauty of this product is that it peels off if you don't want it anymore. Plus, it holds up to moisture. My windows are still intact and its been many years since I did it.
  • Jen Panguluri Jen Panguluri on Aug 21, 2016
    I put frosted contact paper on two French door windows that lead to a sunroom. I use the sunroom as a work shop and didn't want to see it all the time, similar situation to yours. In my case, the frosted contact paper worked okay, but the window area was much bigger and I didn't get it applied all that well. So to cover the bubbles, I also put shear curtain panels on the inside of the windows. It looks good now.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 21, 2016
    You can buy a window film at Home Depot that comes in a lot of different patterns.Cut out to the size of each window pane.
  • Susan Susan on Aug 21, 2016
    I have had this door for 20 years on my utility room, and here are a couple of ideas that I have used.....
  • Jerre Miller Jerre Miller on Aug 21, 2016
    I had a contractor put a heavy patterned glass in mine. The frame inset comes off so you can replace the glass pretty easily. Here is a pic. It is frosted as well. I have the same door.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Aug 21, 2016
    I put a non-adhesive, frosted cling film on my exterior door. It is great because the light is diffused which I prefer, and it is bright, and clean-looking. I didn't want a curtain or blind to contend with. I have had it now for about 7 years or so (I think), and it still looks the same. Some door/ window manufacturers void the warranty if you use those products, so you may want to check first. This may not be an issue for you though, since it is not really an exterior door. I like your idea of using it as a picture frame. It would be also cool to print black and white images on acetate (on a photocopier), then you could see the pics from both sides and you would have a standard sheet of paper size (8.5 X 11), that you could just trim. You could put another sheet of acetate on top to protect the image. If your old enough to know what an overhead projector is, it is what teachers did to project a printed sheet on a screen. You can find the supplies at Staples or any office supply store.
  • Lisa hudspeth Lisa hudspeth on Aug 21, 2016
    The cling vinyl comes n frosted & other patterns such as stained glass. It looks real especially when lite is coming in from behind. I've also used frosted glass spray in can. U can put circles stripes designs etc on glass w/ tape, or contact paper (trace or make a complicated design then cut out, place on glass). Then use frosted spray, let dry and remove stickers tape contact paper etc. you can also use stencils if u put powder or gel from glass frosting kit on top THEN spray. Remove stencil AND CAREFULLY remove dried powder. Frosted paint will remain.
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Aug 21, 2016
    My door looks like Jerre Millers, but I used contact paper on mine . Very inexpensive.
  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 21, 2016
    I used mod podge and food coloring to mimic stained glass on my windows. Then used a stencil to add designs. Not finished yet, but you get the idea. Best part is, you can wash it off later if you get tired of it.
    • Chey Chey on Aug 22, 2016
      This is very nice. Do you have a tutorial or instruction on you window project online somewhere? I have a door I'm trying to allow light in, but have some privacy - avoid clear glass panes. Thanks.
  • Ngw1 Ngw1 on Aug 22, 2016
    If you want to do something unique and crafty, "Gallery Glass" is a nice option. It flows on like paint, is blendable, and you can make unique designs using stick on faux leading to divide colors. I've done a bathroom window like that and it stands up to the moisture without issues. When I changed my paint, I removed the old design by peeling up with a razor blade and made a new one.
  • Linda Kaplan Linda Kaplan on Aug 22, 2016
    If you have a color printer, print your photos to the size closest to your windows. You can attach your photos using modge podge. If you have unwanted borders, use colored paper as "frames." look on Pinterest, there are posts using cornstarch & doilies or lace fabrics to paint designs on glass
  • Beverly Beamon Beverly Beamon on Aug 22, 2016
    Did you know that you can take the glass out of the door? you can replace it with a nice piece of wood and paint it white or paint it with magnet-ed paint and use it for your shopping list etc. or paint it with chalkboard paint and right on it. you could also cover it with a pretty material one one side and do something else on the other side.
  • You can paint them to mimic stain glass. There is also window "contact paper" that looks like old wavy glass. Look on for it. It's so inexpensive that if you find you don't like it you're only out a couple of dollars. Good luck!
  • Irene Irene on Aug 22, 2016
    I have had this window film on my door for many years. Light still filters in but you can't see thru it. Either Lowes or Home Depot, or maybe both (I can't remember) have many different styles. You should be able to unscrew or pop out the grid and place the self stick film onto the glass and then put the grid back in.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Aug 22, 2016
    Best idea? Clean up the shed room and enjoy the light , space and both rooms.
  • Terry Haynes Terry Haynes on Aug 22, 2016
    You could mix up a thin paste of cornstarch and water, paint the panes with it and attach lace panels cut to fit the panes. Cheap, easy and it's not permanent if you eventually want to change it.
  • Tricia Jackson Jones Tricia Jackson Jones on Aug 22, 2016
    You could frost or etch the glass and still have light coming through.
  • Nancy Nancy on Aug 22, 2016
    Chey, no I dont have a tutorial, but it is very easy. Just brush the mod podge on the window and let dry. To color it use a few drops of food coloring until to get the shade you want. Afterwards, I taped a stencil on the window and used paint or ink to fill in the stencil, then let dry. Voila! To remove it just place a wet paper towel on the window and let it sit. The mod podge will peel/scrape off easily. You can also use clear school glue instead of mod podge.
  • Linda Davis Linda Davis on Aug 22, 2016
    Mount your 8x10s on gift wrap cut to size. You could wrap it around some cardboard and pop it right in, and change it seasonally.
  • Cwh6899259 Cwh6899259 on Aug 22, 2016
    You could stain glass them stained glass paint and leading. Comes in tubes. Trace out pattern in leading and fill in. You could also apply mactac to frost the panes. Both are remove able.
  • Carolyn Ball-Hanson Carolyn Ball-Hanson on Aug 22, 2016
    You can buy decorative film that looks like etched glass at places like Home Depot. You cut it to fit , spray the glass with a water and soap mix and smooth it on. Peels off easily if you want it to.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Aug 23, 2016
    Just do a search; what ever you have. I came up with several listings for various types of clings. Some you can get pre-cut but better to buy a roll and cut pieces to fit
  • Susan E Susan E on Aug 27, 2016
    Use lace, cut to size, and wetted in starch. Beautiful and removeable.
  • Lesley Brisco Lesley Brisco on Aug 28, 2016
    Quick, cheap & easy, a can of spray-on glass frosting!
  • Terry Terry on Aug 28, 2016
    You could modify the size of quilt blocks and make them using the colors in your room. One in each window.
  • Melissa Melissa on Sep 03, 2016
    Perhaps you could use it as a vertical garden Buy or build some rectangular shallow boxes, a little wider than the windows. Screw them into the door. Fill them with small containers of herbs and easy to grow but showy plants like coleius. They will get light from the windows but will obscure the view!
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Nov 04, 2016
    Mini blinds or a roman shade