Privacy Glass Using Contact Paper

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Do you have windows or doors in your home that you want to make a little more private? In my home office, I have two glass doors that lead into our backyard - the only problem? They also lead my neighbors eyes in as well. As a renter, I can't buy new doors and don't want to invest in heavy duty window coverings, so I came up with a solution. Using budget-friendly contact paper, I created a simple stick-on frosted glass method that is tasteful and completely removable upon move-out! Be sure to check out other DIY home office projects!

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privacy glass using contact paper


privacy glass using contact paper

This is a 'before' shot of my french doors. Hello, backyard neighbors!

privacy glass using contact paper

Step 1: Measure.

Take out your tape measure or ruler and measure the glass surface area that you will be covering.
privacy glass using contact paper

Step 2: Cut out your shapes.

Once you have your dimensions, decide what shape or pattern you'd like to create for your frosted glass pieces. I decided to use a simple diamond shape, which is simple to cut and line-up accurately. For my window, I cut out several 6" x 6" squares. The contact adhesive paper is great, because on the backside there is a grid with measurements already laid out. I was able to cut my shapes out quickly by following their guidelines.
privacy glass using contact paper

Step 3: Stick your pieces on.

After cleaning your window with glass cleaner, begin applying your contact paper pieces. I advise working from the bottom up if you are covering a large-scale door or window. Using a steady hand and a careful eye, peel off the backing of your contact paper and stick your pieces on one-by-one, lining them up as you go. For my design, I left approximately 1/2" in between each row of diamonds.
privacy glass using contact paper

After applying all of your pieces carefully, you should end up with a fully covered glass window. To cover these two large-scale doors, it took me approximately two hours total.

I'm so thrilled with the results! Not only do I now have privacy in my home office, but it also prevents birds from flying into my windows AND looks pretty classy too! Be sure to check out some other awesome DIY home decor projects to spruce up the decor in your home!
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  • Judy
    4 days ago

    I've seen this before and bought the pretty contact paper...but it don't stick to the window. What can I do?

    • DeMarie Rossi
      3 days ago

      It is very important to clean your windows REALLY well - I used rubbing alcohol - let that dry and then attempt to use the contact paper. If that doesn't work, you may have purchased a contact paper that lacks good adhesive. You will then have to treat the contact paper like cling paper. Wet your window and place your design - then gently use a squeegee to press the paper to your window, removing any air bubbles.

  • Gary Bankston
    2 days ago

    What type of paint can I use for a stained glass look?

  • Jackie
    2 days ago

    Can you still windex the contact paper to clean it off? Especially with kids in the house

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