Asked on Oct 27, 2016

My bathroom window is textured glass and I want to cover it.

by Marie
The bathroom window is has a rough texture, like sand or small pebbles. The previous owners must have painted it with a milky white window paint. It is splotchy and terrible looking. I was looking for a window film to put cover them, however window film only works on a smooth glass surface. I would like to be able to see out or allow some light to come through but not to be able to see in. Does anyone have any suggestions?.
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  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 27, 2016
    I would first use a paint remover product and clear off whatever was put on it. Then you can find some waterproof glass color stain products that may help make it nicer. Vitrail glass paint. DecoArt, and even Krylon makes waterproof glass stain colors.
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    • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 28, 2016
      As I mentioned, Vitrail and Deco Art on line have lots of color options, ideas and instructions as to application.
  • Jill Sandy Coston Jill Sandy Coston on Oct 28, 2016
    We had a similar window. We actually covered the window with mirror glass. So, you wouldn't be able to see outside obviously, but the mirror effect helped make the room seem larger until we were able to completely replace the window.
    • Marie Marie on Oct 28, 2016
      Did you glue the mirror on? I would be afraid since the window is over the garden tub the mirror would fall off and break into the tub.
  • Jill Sandy Coston Jill Sandy Coston on Oct 28, 2016
    We used a construction grade adhesive and haven't had any problems. You could possibly rough sand it first. That would at least give it a somewhat smoother surface to adhere to.
  • MadameRã MadameRã on Oct 28, 2016
    Hello.. Yes i understand your problem, just another 'issue' one has had to deal with in trade.. •If it is an older window, then it ought to be thicker(& with 'junk' put on it i imagine it would be additionally); so to not break glass you must prep first,& it is the only hard part the "elbow grease" that one puts into the project.... So first things first, get yourself some thick graded trades gloves, pick up enough sheets of sanding paper with a rough crystal like surface,& a few smoother ones & a hand block; yes because you start with the rough s/paper(wrapped) around your block & in always circle motions, & both ways, you take a layer of all" stuff'n'glass (in a fine layer off by doing this); then use the fine s/paper.*Note please use eye wear & mouth mask, they are cheap, both not expensive, you can even wrap a tee towel around your mouth, but don't use sun glasses, they must cover the sides of your eyes.) Now i know of a company here, however there is another firm that sells all sorts of gear: The company here that is good is called Innovations,& then the other is Bright life; you may have your own versions of catalogue booklets that come to you or that you are a customer off. There is this amazing simple product that comes on rolls,& a variety of patterns from basic frosted glass to stained glass which i suggest this look for your window because of whats been previously done to the window,& you cut to size & simply roll on///& it can be removed & re-used always, thus you have a product that can be kept on, you can wipe over it,& it can be taken off if need be. BEFORE you place it on, after you have done your 'elbow work' then wash with bi-carb, warm water & mandarin aroma oil(only a few drops;3-4 to 600ml of warm bi-carbed water~one tablespoon) using always simple clean chux cloths. Let dry overnight because the mandarin will act as an extra binding hold for this product;& you will have a lovely smelling window as well as it kills off bacteria. Now as long as you have the window as smooth as you can possibly get it, the stained glass rolls of printed like film/plastic will give you light that still comes in, without seeing anything thats been there previously,& as its frosted it looks very proffessional,& the joke is that it to is very cheap. *If you are in the Artist level as myself you can purchase glass paints,& black graded thin stick trims & do your own fake stained glass work, but i gave you the simple & cheap way first; as glass painting not only requires skill it also costs a lot ( some of my clients prefer this due to their type of house, but i say thats if you have plans on selling your place as it then must be your own otherwise you'll be replacing windows for owners:)) P.S..I'll be having a special site next year to assist with a plethera of 'ideas' including recycled one off re-created items of all descriptions for sale for only a month a season... keep an 👁 out! With much happy crafting, M.®